FIM Asia Initiative
Omar Zarour reflects on the challenges faced by motorcyclists in Asia. Here he gives news of a new initiative in FIM Asia; and recounts his experience in his homeland of Jordan.
Consultant of Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan
The population in Asia represents sixty percent of the world population, this translates to traffic challenges and very high traffic related accidents.
In general Asia suffers from the huge number of vehicles on the roads which in turn translates to a huge number of accidents and fatalities related to road traffic.
The total number of deaths in 24 Asian countries due to road accidents is 750,000 annually (2010 statistics), the total number of injuries exceeds 50 million. US$ 800 million is the estimated loss to the economy in these 24 countries.
For many years the FIM has been working on Public Affairs and Road Safety issues through the Public Affairs Commission in which I am a proud member.
Early this year FIM Asia elected a new Board headed by Mr. Stephan Carapiet. I discussed the idea of establishing a combined Commission of Public Affairs / Road Safety and Touring in our continental union (FIM Asia) with Mr. Carapiet; he confirmed his support saying:
FIM Asia President
"Asian countries face a huge challenge when it comes to road traffic and safety for motorcyclists, the number of powered two wheeler users on Asian roads is increasing exponentially every year and we need to develop a Public Affairs and Road Safety Commission to work on communicating with the authorities and provide all the assistance we can.
Myself and my colleagues in the Board are totally supporting this idea"
I myself, have been and will always be, a strong supporter of the riders. I am a certified, “Train the Trainer” from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in the USA, and a member of the FIM Public Affairs Commission. I translated “Full Kontrol” to Arabic, this book was written by the Norwegian Motorcycle Federation.
I was one of the founding members, and General Manager, of the Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan, now I am their consultant.
Motorcycles in Jordan were banned for over twenty five years until the Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan was established late 2008 as a non-profit NGO by a directive of HM King Abdullah II with the aim of establishing an entity to negotiate with government; to lift the ban; and allow motorcycles back on the roads.
Along with my Board of Directors, I communicated with several government departments to lift the ban, and in 2010 new regulations were established and published. Since then over 4000 motorcycles are now registered in the country.
In parallel to that, we established a partnership with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) in the USA to bring their training programmes to Jordan, which resulted in very low accident and fatality rates. Today the Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan Training Centre is the most advanced in the Middle East.
Link to Full Control manual in english , Link to Full Control manual in arabic