FIM welcomes news that Sweden will host United Nations High-Level Conference on Road Safety in 2020
Lena Kling, - Deputy Director-General from the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise - informed delegates at the UN Road Safety Collaboration that Sweden will support an event on motorcycling safety (particularly in middle and low-income countries) as part of the organisation of the 2020 UN conference.
FIM is pleased with this development. The last time motorcycling was discussed at a major international conference was in 2008 in Lillehammer, Norway. The issues raised were researched subsequently by the International Transport Forum and led to the publication of a report in 2015. The report was launched at the 2015 FIM policy debate in Brussels.
Parts of that report were used by FIM Europe and FEMA as the basis for joint position papers on the main issues facing motorcycling.
There is a need for more work to be done with a focus on middle and low-income countries where safety issues are not so well addressed. FIM believes that motorcycling should be incorporated into the safe system approach. This means addressing issues such as unsafe barriers using low cost measures to improve safety. Collaboration with manufacturers associations and with local and global road safety organizations is crucial for achieving a positive impact on road users’ habits.