FIM at 14th European Seminar on PPE to highlight needs of riders for new motorcycle clothing
European Union regulation of motorcycle clothing is about to take a new turn with the coming of the Regulation on Personal Protective Equipment scheduled for April this year.
This is not about rules on what a rider should wear. It is about quality standards for the clothing that is on offer to buy. FIM supports new standards for a wider range of clothing to reflect the different needs of riders across Europe.
Many riders in southern Europe (where millions of small scooters and motorcycles are ridden everyday) do not wear protective gear as it is seen as too heavy and too uncomfortable in summer in particular.
Held every two years the European PPE Seminar is a gathering of safety experts. The European Commission’s Valeria D’Agostina from DG Employment attended to take delegates through the legal changes. The seminar was held in Saariselkä in northern Finland.
FIM & FIM Europe Director of Public Affairs John Chatterton-Ross, explained the development of the existing CEN standard and the new provisional standard. The two standards will run in parallel for the next few years.
In July 2018 it is expected that an independent star rating system will become available to riders via the internet. This initiative is being financed by authorities in Australia with the support of academia.
Star rating for clothing (which will be easy to understand) is something that riders have been asking for since the first research was done in Australia some years ago.
John Chatterton-Ross added:
“The SHARP star rating system developed by the UK Department for Transport which is promoted on the internet at:
has been a such a success for riders across the world that it was awarded the FIM Road Safety Award in 2013. The new initiative from Australia is welcome and we hope it will achieve similar success in this area.”
At the opening of the conference Lisa Lang from the company Elektrocouture reminded delegates that the famous Italian motorcycle clothing company Dainese is now developing space suits for the future expedition to Mars!
Jan Jordan from RWTH Aachen University in Germany explained that the type of sensor technology used in motorcycling airbag clothing (including the suits now used in MotoGP) was relevant to other safety equipment. – Including new developments to protect industrial workers in the event of a fall from scaffolding.
He stressed the need for high standards and quality design for this more complex form of safety equipment. This is an area where suppliers of clothing to MotoGP riders are leading the technology.
You can read the full text of the FIM presentation and view the slides that were shown at the conference here:
Text of the FIM presentation