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Conference Safety of Powered Two Wheelers and Vulnerable Road Users, Faridabad, Delhi, India

News 2016-3: Thursday, December 1, 2016

From 28 to 30 November 2017, the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) organized, in collaboration with the Road Safety Forum (WP.1) under United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) the second Conference on Powered Two Wheelers (PTW) Safety, with a special focus on South East Asia.

The organizers of the conference aim at sharing experiences among South-East Asian countries where the use of powered two-wheelers is relatively high and identify and promote best practices, standards and strategies, to reduce number of PTW crashes and mitigate their impacts.

The event was well attended with various high level policy making experts and policy researchers from various countries in the South-Asian region as well as from global institutions as United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and World Health Organization.

IMMA Secretary General Edwin Bastiaensen gave a keynote presentation emphasizing the principle of shared responsibility to reduce the number and severity of motorcycle crashes and emphasized the importance and need for motorcycle-inclusive mobility policies, at all levels. Mr Harjeet Singh, Chairman of the Two-Wheeler Technical Committee of IMMA-member SIAM, illustrated accelerated safety and environmental technology developments and fitment on vehicles as part of the industry road-map in India.

About 80% of the worlds PTW’s are in Asia, of which 80% are in South-East Asia. From the many lessons exchanged at the conference, delegates strongly agreed on the need to continue to study cross-cutting PTW operational issues in the region and incorporate PTW safety at planning, design and operation levels of road infrastructures, through engineering, behavioral measures and enforcement.

Adoption of two new motorcycle global regulations at the 170th session of the World Forum WP.29

News 2016-2: Thursday, November 17, 2016

At the 170th meeting of the United Nations’ World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), two new global technical regulations (GTR) were adopted concerning the environmental performance of two- and three-wheeled vehicles.

As a way to help improve air quality internationally, the Contracting Parties to the 1998 Agreement had determined in 2012 that harmonization work should be undertaken to address the environmental performance requirements from two- and three-wheeled vehicles. A dedicated ad-hoc group of experts was set up to tackle various environmental issues: the Informal Group EPPR. Various meetings were organized, under the leadership of the European Commission, in Europe, Japan, India and United States leading to the delivery of these two new global technical regulations.

The first global technical regulation concerns the measurement procedure for two- or three-wheeled motor vehicles equipped with a combustion engine with regard to their crankcase and evaporative emissions. The second one concerns the measurement procedure with regard to on-board diagnostics of motorcycles.

The aim of these regulations is to provide measures to strengthen the world-harmonization of vehicle approval and certification legislation, to improve the cost effectiveness of environmental performance testing, remove trade barriers, reduce overall complexity of legislation, remove potential areas of conflict or opposing requirements and improve the air quality world-wide. IMMA, engaged from the beginning of the process, provided continuous expert technical support secretariat services for the informal group.

The Chairman of IMMA’s Subcommittee on Environment Mr. Makoto Wakimura said: "The adoption of these two new GTR’s by 15 Contracting Parties, including the major markets Europe, India, Japan, China and United States, is a major milestone for the industry. We will continue to strongly support the Informal Group EPPR to pursue the updating and development of harmonized technical regulations".

The next EPPR related gatherings will be held in Geneva on 13-14 December (including industry OBD II workshop), on 9 January 2017 prior to GRPE, and in Japan from 14-16 March 2017, addressing the review of World Motorcycle Emission Test Cycle and addressing advanced requirements for OBD-systems on powered two and three-wheeled vehicles.

IMMA and ACEM participation at the 11th IFZ motorcycle safety conference during INTERMOT, Cologne, Germany

News 2016-1: Monday, October 3, 2016

On 3 and 4 of October 2016 the German Institute for Motorcycle Safety (Institut für Zweiradsicherheit e.V., IFZ) organised its annual conference on powered-two wheeler safety. Close to 200 attendees including road safety experts, policy-makers and industry representatives had the opportunity to exchange views and discuss state-of-the-art research on powered-two wheeler safety.

The presentations delivered during the conference addressed a wide range of issues including motorcycle riding techniques, traffic filtering, modellisation of personal protective equipment, use forward collision warning systems, and the potential safety benefits of eCall systems for motorcycles.

As part of the event, ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot moderated a round table panel on the opportunities, challenges and future of intelligent transport systems for the motorcycle sector in the European Union. IMMA Secretary General Edwin Bastiaensen emphasized the shared responsibility towards road safety and the differences in the regions with regards to application of ITS on motorcycles. ACEM Safety Coordinator introduced ACEM’s Safety Strategy.

The IFZ safety conference took place against the background of the 2016 edition of INTERMOT in Cologne, which attracted about 220,000 visitors from 95 countries. 40 new motorcycle models were launched by vehicle manufacturers during the fair.