OECD/ITF “Improving Safety for Motorcycle, Scooter and Moped Riders” report
Head of Environment and Energy Laboratory - CERTH
In 2010 I was approached by Pierre van Elslande from IFSTTAR to join OECD/ITF Working Group on Motorcycle Safety. It was a great honor for me and a recognition of my research work on motorcycles until then and I could not refuse. The International Transport Forum set up a Working Group on the Safety of Powered Two Wheelers in 2010 to review trends in powered two-wheeler crashes and examine the factors contributing to them. The Working Group was expected to produce and publish a final report by the end of 2012. This report was primarily meant for the attention of policy makers and advisors in national governments. It describes a set of countermeasures targeting user behaviours, the use of protective equipment, the vehicles and the infrastructure and discusses motorcycle safety strategies in the context of a Safe System approach.
The report has been drafted by several experts worldwide and it took some time until its finalization. It has been reviewed by well-known experts as well as by the motorcycle industry (ACEM, IMMA). The text undergone thorough review and many sections had to be revised or rewritten. However there was no intention to produce a politically “correct document”. in fact, all issues that require attention have been highlighted and detailed described.
One might wonder what the difference of this report from previous reports (scientific or not). The big advantage of the report is that consists of state of the art reviews of the thematic areas that may or may not require significant measure for enhancing PTW safety. It covers the whole world, because it was written by authors coming from several continents. Another asset of this report is the clear statements and recommendations per thematic are listed in.
The report highlights the broadly addressed issues like traffic education, riders’ training and the required adaptation to modern traffic conditions and vehicle technology, forgiving road infrastructure, among others. Additionally the authors describe modern active and passive safety features and the expected tendency of the future technology developments. Of course, in the recent years and the years will come, technology is developing rapidly and such reports will need the necessary amendments.
A clear outcome of this report was the necessity of a leading expert organization that will coordinate and provide comprehensive insights for strategic acts and countermeasures on an international level. According to me, this role can be successfully played by FIM (as it is meant to). The FIM privilege, in addition to other actors, is the national representation through the national federations that allow quicker adoption of best practices locally.
Read previous 2015 report HERE