Meeting between FIM & FEMA at Intermot
The FIM Commission for Public affairs and road safety met today at the FIM hospitality unit at Intermot. Members Francesca Marozza, Jean-Pierre Moreau, Nick Haris, John Chatterton Ross and FIM Europe Vice President, Silvio Manicardi.
Members discussed the FIM Campaign on the revision of the European Union Motor Insurance Directive. This arises from the famous Vnuk, and other cases that were decided by the European Court of Justice. Unless the proposed clarification is modified there will be a serious negative effect on motorcycle racing which may lead to an increase in motorcycles’ insurances. The next stage will be advocacy by FIM and its partners with members of the European Parliament and Council.
The Commission also welcomes the launch of www.motocap.com.au ; this is an initiative by the authorities of Australia and New Zealand together with academic and civil society. Independent testing is conducted for samples of protective clothing for motorcyclists. The garments are then rated from zero to five stars. The clothing is also given a thermal rating which is important for riders in hot climates. This allows riders to make an informed choice based on safety and comfort; as the clothing sold in New Zealand and Australia is in most cases the same as that sold elsewhere in Europe and North America. This new website will be relevant to riders across the world.
Silvio Manicardi, FIM Europe Vice President: “In the afternoon we also had the opportunity to welcome visitors from the FEMA (Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations) Board to talk about matters of mutual interest. The cooperation between FIM Europe and FEMA remains an important part of our work in Brussels.”