FIM Contributes to ACEM Annual Conference
On Wednesday 24th January, ACEM held its Annual Conference in Brussels. The event, titled Sustainable Motorcycling in Europe, gathered a wide-range of industry stakeholders and included the participation of representatives from DG GROW and DG MOVE, European Commission, the European Parliament and Transport & Environment, alongside hosts ACEM and FIM. FIM was represented by Silvio Manicardi, Second Deputy President, FIM Europe, who contributed to the panel discussion covering noise pollution, new riding styles and connected and intelligent transport systems as well as general industry trends.
Stefan Pierer, ACEM President and CEO of KTM AG, opened proceedings with an overview of the issues facing the motorcycling industry before introducing Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director-General, DG Grow, European Commission. Mr. Peltomäki underlined that the sustainability of Power-Two-Wheelers (PTW) is of great interest to the Commission and gave an overview of the EU regulatory framework in light of the Paris Agreement.
The opening panel discussions allowed an opportunity for participants to make general introductory remarks on the future of the industry, which Silvio Manicardi used to inform attendees about FIM’s work in developing initiatives to increase user acceptance of electric motorcycles. His comments echoed those of Antonio Perlot, ACEM Secretary General, who stated that the uptake of electric PTW would increase in the future as the prices of batteries declined.
The debate then progressed into more technical discussions beginning with a rich debate on next steps regarding noise pollution in the first panel session. FIM Europe reiterated the fundamental differences between motorcycles and other vehicles and explained its education campaign in partnership with FEMA to communicate good practices, in response to the Commission’s assertion that PTW should be grouped under the same rules as other vehicles.
Regarding new riding styles, panellists discussed methods to address issues relating to speed. ACEM and FIM Europe both used the opportunity to emphasise the importance of rider education and training. The European Commission continued the safety theme, stating that the digitalisation of transport could have a potentially transformational impact on driver safety, feeding seamlessly into the third panel’s discussion on the possibilities that connected and intelligent transport systems can offer in the future.
In their concluding remarks, FIM-Europe called for a realistic approach alongside ACEM’s assertion for quick incremental steps towards EURO 5 to be implemented. Transport & Environment hastened the need to move towards zero-emission vehicles in tandem with the Commission, who noted the need to electrify PTW.