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Europe’s 37 million motorcyclists get stronger voice

Motorcyclists and motorcycling will be better represented in Europe, it is claimed, with the closer co-operation of two leading organisations.

FEMA, the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations, and FIM, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, have pledged to work and lobby together on issues affecting PTWs.

Members of the FEMA/FIM Europe working group met in Brussels at the end of October.

FEMA general secretary Dolf Willigers told BDN: “By working and sometimes lobbying together we will make the voice of European riders much stronger.”

The working group decided that the two organisations should alternate chairing the group. The coming year FEMA will be in charge and Morten Hansen (NMCU Norway) was elected chairman. The working group then discussed a long list of issues, such as self-driving cars and the need to ensure that motorcycle testing is done properly, the latest developments in motorcycle training and the need for motorcycle-friendly infrastructure.

Hansen said: “The basis for the close cooperation of the two organisations is the excellent OECD report on motorcycle safety, officially presented in 2015. Since then we have agreed on joint position papers on all important issues.

“Now it is time to focus on the joint practical lobby work. FIM Europe and FEMA will speak with one voice in meetings with stakeholders, making the message from European riders come over even stronger. We will offer to share our huge expertise on motorcycling matters, and expect that no decision is taken without the opinion of FEMA and FIM Europe being taken into account.”

Silvio Manicardi, FIM Europe vice-president, stated after the meeting: “FEMA and FIM Europe represent 37 million users of motorcyclists in Europe. I appreciate the sense of cooperation and friendship of all the members of the working group to achieve the common goals.”

Pictured (from left) are Wim Taal, FEMA Communications Officer; Dolf Willigers, FEMA Secretary General; Rolf Frieling, FEMA; John Chatterton-Ross, FIM Europe; Morten Hansen, FEMA; Jesper Christensen, FIM Europe; Silvio Manicardi, FIM Europe vice-president.

 

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