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Mr Rakesh Sharma, ED, Bajaj Auto takes over as IMMA’s President

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
<i>Mr Rakesh Sharma, SIAM, India (Left) takes over as President, IMMA from Mr Johannes Loman, FAMI (Right)</i>
Mr Rakesh Sharma, SIAM, India (Left) takes over as President, IMMA from Mr Johannes Loman, FAMI (Right)

The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), the voice of the global motorcycle industry, has elected Mr Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto from its member organisation SIAM, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers for a 2-year mandate, as President of IMMA.

Mr Sharma had been previously holding office as Vice-President of IMMA, elected in May 2019.

The IMMA Spring Congress, originally planned to be held from 20 to 24 April 2020 in New Delhi, was changed into a series of meetings by conference call and correspondence. The election of the new President took place through a General Assembly by correspondence due to the COVID-19 crisis.

On being elected, Mr Sharma said “Indeed these are very challenging times and I take up this prestigious appointment fully conscious of the role the motorcycle industry has to play both as a key industry and a responsible member of the society. Whilst we are facing numerous difficulties, we can also see that in due course, new but different opportunities will emerge. The role of national, regional and global associations such as SIAM and IMMA is now more important than ever and we will work hard to ensure we play a strong and responsible role in the recovery.’’

Mr Rakesh Sharma joined Bajaj Auto in October 2007 as President (International Business) and is currently the Executive Director. He is a member of the Board of Commissioners of PT Bajaj Auto Indonesia, a subsidiary of Bajaj Auto Ltd and the Chairman of the Exports Council of SIAM.

In his new role, Mr Sharma succeeds Mr Johannes Loman, Director of PT Astra International Tbk and Executive Vice President Director PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) Indonesia, and President of FAMI - Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries - and President of AISI, the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association. Mr Loman stated, ‘’IMMA aims to advance the sustainable growth of the two-wheeler industry in every region of the world. We are fortunate to have Mr Sharma with his wide international experience in the two- and three-wheeler industry, to steer IMMA through the difficult time and be the trusted global voice of the motorcycle manufacturers. I look forward to work with Mr Sharma in my role as FAMI representative in IMMA’s Steering Committee’’.

About SIAM:

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) is an apex national body representing all major vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers in India. SIAM works towards supporting the sustainable development of the Indian automobile industry with the vision that India emerges as the destination of choice in the world for design and manufacture of automobiles. It also works towards facilitating the enhancement of the competitiveness of the Indian automobile industry, reducing the cost of vehicles, increasing productivity and achieving global standards of quality.

About BAJAJ Auto Limited:

A flagship company of the Bajaj Group was incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956, and having its registered office at Mumbai – Pune Road, Akurdi, Pune – 411 035. The Bajaj Group is amongst the top 10 business houses in India. Founded in 1926, at the height of India’s movement for independence from the British, the Group has an illustrious history. The integrity, dedication, resourcefulness and determination to succeed which are characteristics of the Group today, are often traced back to its birth during those days of relentless devotion to a common cause. The late Shri Jamnalal Bajaj, founder of the Group, was a close confidant and disciple of the Mahatma Gandhi. The company is the world’s third largest motorcycle manufacturer, India’s second largest manufacturer of motorcycles and world’s largest manufacturer of three-wheelers. It has its manufacturing facilities located at Chakan near Pune, Waluj near Aurangabad, and at Pant Nagar in Uttarakhand. The company’s motorcycles and three-wheelers are sold all over India with a wide network of dealerships. It had achieved landmark sales of 5 million two- and three-wheelers in FY 2018-2019, the highest ever in its history.

In the fiscal year 2018-2019, the company recorded total turnover of ₹ 318 Bn (USD 4.61 Bn)., the company’s highest ever top line, despite adverse global and domestic economic situations. The company is India’s largest exporter of two- and three-wheelers, having exported over 2 million units, representing 40% of its production, to over 79 countries through a wide network of international distributors all over the world in 2018-2019.

The company has an in-house, state-of-the-art R & D Centre actively developing new products and technologies driving its business growth. Its motorcycle brands – PULSAR and BOXER - are top selling brands in many countries in the world. BOXER is a leading motorcycle brand in Africa and PULSAR, AVENGER, PLATINA and CT are iconic brands in India and several overseas countries.

With 15 million vehicles exported in over 79 countries, Bajaj is truly “The World’s Favourite Indian”. It is India’s No.1 motorcycle exporter with 2 out of 3 bikes sold internationally carrying a Bajaj badge. The company’s unwavering commitment towards building the best two-wheelers in the world through design, technology, quality, and customer satisfaction has made it the most visible Indian brand across the globe. The company’s global sales have earned over US$ 13 billion of foreign exchange in the last decade.

About IMMA:

IMMA has a membership of Powered Two- and Three-Wheeler (PTWs) manufacturers associations from various countries and regions across the world including USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, apart from SIAM in India. IMMA promotes mobility through safe, sustainable motorcycling by advocating the development and harmonization of technical regulations at the United Nations, affecting the motorcycle industry by advancing inclusive policies for motorcycling.

Addressing the Safety of Powered Two Wheelers during the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety 'Achieving Global Goals 2030'

Thursday, February 20, 2020
<i>Left: Mr Tom Bishop, Program Director AMEND; Second: Mr Edwin Bastiaensen, IMMA Secretary General; Third: Ms Johanna Vollrath, Executive Secretary National Road Safety Commission Chile; Fourth: Hon. Deputy Minister Mr Niphon Bunyamanee, Thailand Ministry of Interior. On the right, moderator Dr. Maria Segui Gomez, Member of the Ministerial Conference’ Academic Expert Group. Source picture: www.roadsafetysweden.org. </i>
Left: Mr Tom Bishop, Program Director AMEND; Second: Mr Edwin Bastiaensen, IMMA Secretary General; Third: Ms Johanna Vollrath, Executive Secretary National Road Safety Commission Chile; Fourth: Hon. Deputy Minister Mr Niphon Bunyamanee, Thailand Ministry of Interior. On the right, moderator Dr. Maria Segui Gomez, Member of the Ministerial Conference’ Academic Expert Group. Source picture: www.roadsafetysweden.org.

The honourable Deputy Minister Mr. Niphon Bunyamanee from the Ministry of Interior of the Government of Thailand exchanged with experts from Africa, Chile and with IMMA’s Secretary General, Mr. Edwin Bastiaensen during the session on Safety of Powered Two Wheelers of the Global Ministerial Conference in Stockholm in February 2020.

The panellists unanimously agreed that motorcycles have an important place in traffic and society and should not be ‘demonised’ as a result of safety concerns. The panel advised to follow the integrated approach addressing:

• Promotion of affordable and effective training and education to improve rider skills when obtaining a license in Low- and Medium-Income Countries, promote helmet wearing and consider updating car driver training to better detect motorcycles;

• Updating vehicle technical requirements based on the UN Vehicle Technical Regulatory framework and through enforcement of traffic law, while recognising regional diversity, variability in infrastructure, traffic conditions and stages of economic development;

• Road Infrastructure improvements and maintenance by mandating urban and rural infrastructure owners to improve quality, maintenance and motorcycle-friendliness of roads and to identify black spots.

Particularly interesting was also the report by Mr. Tom Bishop (AMEND) on the rapid growth of motorcycles in African countries leading to a higher standard of living, access to health care, and jobs. He reported on his research in Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda and his advice to governments to take a measured approach rather than banning the vehicles from traffic, making their use safe and bring benefits for the population.

In the run-up to the Ministerial Conference, WHO reported in 2018 that 28% of road traffic fatalities are associated with powered two-wheelers, and in some countries this proportion can be as high as two thirds.

The official summary report of the session on Safety of Powered Two Wheelers can be downloaded here.

Hosted and organised by the Government of Sweden and the World Health Organisation, the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety took place on 19–20 February 2020 in Stockholm.

The Stockholm Declaration is the outcome of the conference, connecting road safety to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also reflects the recommendations of the conference’s independent Academic Expert Group and its scientific assessments of progress made during the last decade.

IMMA's Four Pillar Approach on Motorcycle Safety was presented during United Nations WP.1 Conference in Stockholm

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
<i>Left: Mrs Dr Luciana Iorio, Chair of the WP.1 UN Global Road Safety Forum; middle: Mr. Hiroaki Funami, IMMA board member and on the right, Mr. Takeshi Ibaraki, chairman of IMMA Road Safety Working Group</i>
Left: Mrs Dr Luciana Iorio, Chair of the WP.1 UN Global Road Safety Forum; middle: Mr. Hiroaki Funami, IMMA board member and on the right, Mr. Takeshi Ibaraki, chairman of IMMA Road Safety Working Group

On 18 February 2020, IMMA’s Road Safety Working Group Chairman, Mr Takeshi Ibaraki gave a keynote presentation at the WP.1 Global Road Safety forum conference in Stockholm. The WP.1 conference ‘Legal framework governing the international application of emerging automotive technologies’ was held as an official pre-event Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, sponsored by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Russian Federation.

After the welcome by Ms Luciana Iorio, organiser of the event and chairperson of the WP.1 Global Forum, opening statements were made by Ms. Olga Algayerova, UNECE Executive Secretary and Mr. Jean Todt, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety. Mr. Denis Zagarin, reminded that his country, the Russian Federation had organised the first Global Conferences on road safety in 2009 and gave an overview of road safety activities progress made in the Russian Federation.

As next keynote speaker, IMMA’s Road Safety Working Group Chairman Takeshi Ibaraki-san shared the global industry’s perspective on motorcycle safety towards 2030. ‘Safety education and training is the most important and effective measure to reduce accidents for motorcycle users. I invite stakeholders to support accelerating the availability of accessible, effective and affordable training, especially in Low- and Medium-Income Countries’ said Mr Ibaraki during his presentation.

The session continued with exchanges on diverse issues of high priority on the agenda of WP.1. The experts addressed the progress on automated driving and Intelligent Transport Systems policy, regulation development and research. Attention was also given to the safety of Vulnerable Road Users and Road Safety in Low- and Medium-Income Countries. Lastly, outlooks were given on trends on New, Accessible and Shared Mobility and the integration of Road safety into Sustainable Development Goals.

The presentations can be found here.

The WP.1 Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety is the permanent body in the United Nations system focusing on improving road safety. It serves as guardian of the United Nations legal instruments aimed at harmonizing traffic rules. Many countries across the world have become Contracting Parties to these legal instruments and benefit from their implementation. The UNECE also supports the development and promotion of best road safety practices and the organization of road safety weeks and other awareness raising events. Participation in Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) is open to all countries across the world.

The WP.1 conference on 18 February 2020 was registered as an official pre-event to the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. Hosted and organised by the Government of Sweden and World Health Organisation, the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety took place on 19–20 February 2020 in Stockholm.

The Amendment 4 to GTR2 was published - A major step forward for harmonisation of motorcycle emission standards

Monday, February 3, 2020
<i>One of the key updates in this Amendment to GTR No. 2 was the expansion of the scope providing possibility for two-wheeled vehicles with a design speed under 50 km/h and with an engine capacity under 50 cc to be tested with the GTR 2 test cycle profile (WMTC), with a 10 minutes cold engine phase followed by a 10 minutes warm engine phase. The test speeds would be capped to the maximum design speeds of these vehicles.</i>
One of the key updates in this Amendment to GTR No. 2 was the expansion of the scope providing possibility for two-wheeled vehicles with a design speed under 50 km/h and with an engine capacity under 50 cc to be tested with the GTR 2 test cycle profile (WMTC), with a 10 minutes cold engine phase followed by a 10 minutes warm engine phase. The test speeds would be capped to the maximum design speeds of these vehicles.

At the November 2019 session of the United Nations World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), the Global Technical Regulation on Motorcycle Emissions Test Cycle (GTR 2 - WMTC) was adopted to reflect the latest emission standards, accelerating the introduction of new technologies to reduce tailpipe emissions for the benefit of consumers and society.

The preparation of this important update was dealt with under the WP.29 Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE). For this work, the GRPE had installed a dedicated informal working group, IWG EPPR - ‘Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements of motorcycles’ under the leadership of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) with secretariat support by Ms Daniela Leveratto from IMMA.

Government representatives from the main motorcycle manufacturing markets: India, China, Europe, Japan, USA and others engaged in the sub-group, provided regional insights in the process.

With the creation of the GTR No. 2 in 2005, the first step was made to harmonise vehicle emission requirements among the leading manufacturing regions – the EU, Japan, USA, later also including India. The GTR 2, also known as the World Motorcycle Test Cycle (WMTC), was then updated, among others, to reflect the latest vehicle emission performance limits and extend the scope to include mopeds.

“The revision of GTR No. 2, taking European legislation (Euro 5) as starting point, represents another major step towards widening the harmonisation of technical standards among different regions in the world”, said Mr Adolfo Perujo from the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, Chair of the EPPR IWG.

‘’The update of this global technical regulation is key for manufacturers as it facilitates trade of vehicles equipped with latest emission performance technology. To ensure compliance, a proliferation of technologies (such as 3-way catalysts with oxygen sensor controls, complex electronic engine management systems and more precise fuel injection) are required to improve combustion and treat exhaust gases, thus minimising emissions and improving fuel consumption’’, said Mr Makoto Wakimura, Chairman of IMMA’s Subcommittee on Environment.

It is worth noticing that in Europe, Euro 5 emission performance is required since 1 January 2020 for new type approval of motorcycles (and starting 1 January 2021 for all new vehicles).

The IWG continues to develop and update technical regulations with the goal to continuously decrease environmental pollution, CO2 emission and consumption of energy of motorcycles.

The United Nations WP.29 meets in Geneva three times a year and oversees the development of Global Technical Regulations. Vehicle emissions subjects are handled by the Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) and its sub-groups. The GTR No. 2 Amendment, was coordinated by the Informal Working Group on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements for Powered Two Wheelers (L-category vehicles). The EPPR IWG previously delivered new Global Technical Regulations on On-Board Diagnostics and Evaporative Emissions performance of motorcycles.

More information on WP.29 can be found here.

IMMA organized a Side-event at the International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig on 24th May 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019
From left to right: Mr Joël Valmain, Mr Jesper Christensen, Mr Hennes Fischer, Minister Angela María Orozco Gómez, Mr Andi Hartanto, Prof. Anders Lie, Mrs Veronique Feypell de la Beaumelle, Mr Ferry Smith, Dr Nhan Tran, Mr Benaceur Boulaajoul, Mrs Susanna Zammataro, Prof. Fred Wegman, Mr Edwin Bastiaensen
From left to right: Mr Joël Valmain, Mr Jesper Christensen, Mr Hennes Fischer, Minister Angela María Orozco Gómez, Mr Andi Hartanto, Prof. Anders Lie, Mrs Veronique Feypell de la Beaumelle, Mr Ferry Smith, Dr Nhan Tran, Mr Benaceur Boulaajoul, Mrs Susanna Zammataro, Prof. Fred Wegman, Mr Edwin Bastiaensen

On the 24th of May 2019, IMMA organized an official side-event at the 2019 Summit of the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, co-hosted by FIM. The initiative, moderated by Professor Fred Wegman, aims to contribute to the preparation of the upcoming 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, to be held in February 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. During the Side Event, IMMA Secretary General Mr Edwin Bastiaensen, introduced IMMA’s recent best practices resource on Safer Motorcycling. FAMI Secretary General, Mr Andi Hartanto, provided a keynote manufacturer perspective from South and South-East Asia and Mr Hennes Fischer, Yamaha Motor Corporation, provided insight in the perspectives of future technologies. Ms Angela María Orozco Gómez, Minister of Transport of Colombia, explained the importance of mobility policy addressing the increasing popularity of powered two-wheelers (PTW) in Colombia. Mr Joël Valmain, Adviser to the Interministerial Delegate for Road Safety in France, reported on relevant trends and policy developments in France. Prof. Anders Lie, Special Advisor, Swedish Ministry of Infrastructure referred to the upcoming 2020 Ministerial Conference in Stockholm in February 2020 which needs urgent answers to address the increasing number of road traffic fatalities. Other major contributions were made by Dr Nhan Tran, Coordinator Unintentional Injury Prevention Unit, World Health Organisation (WHO), Mr Andrew McKellar, Secretary General, FIA Mobility, Mrs Veronique Feypell de la Beaumelle, Mr Ferry Smith, International Road Assessment Programme (IRAP) and Susanna Zammataro, IRF and Mr Jesper Christensen, co-sponsor of the session. A session summary can be downloaded here.

The International Transport Forum Summit is held every year in Leipzig and is co-organised by the OECD. This inter-governmental platform is used to discuss transport policy and transport safety issues.

Organized by the Government of Sweden, the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety will take place on 19–20 February 2020 in Stockholm and is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). Minister-led delegations from more than 80 countries are expected to attend.

Geneva, 178th session of WP.29 – World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
WP.29
WP.29

IMMA introduced its latest publication: “Safer Motorcycling: The Global Motorcycle Industry’s Approach to Road Safety” (click to download) and hosted the WP.29 cocktail held on 26th June at the Restaurant des Délégués in the Palais. A group picture was taken with all the WP.29 delegates on the 25th of June (click to download high resolution picture).