3rd Road Safety Action Plan

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Eamonn Townsend

3rd Road Safety Action Plan

Postby Eamonn Townsend » Wed Mar 26, 2003 12:00 am

This Action Plan aims at improving safety on European roads and will include motorcycles as one of its priorities. FEMA, together with the motorcycling MEP Carlos Bautista Ojeda, further emphasised with Transport Commissioner Mrs Loyola De Palacio the need to improve road infrastructure, such as crash barriers systems, in order to reduce hazards met by motorcyclists on the roads due to infrastructure developed without taking PTWs into consideration. It is also very important to consult the research currently undertaken by the European Motorcycle Industry Association (ACEM), called Motorcycle Accidents In Depth Study (MAIDS), looking into the causes of accidents. The results of MAIDS must be taken into account to investigate adequate solutions in the area of road safety.

World Motorcycle Test Cycle is not a Political issue! The new test method for measuring the exhaust emissions of motorcycles is being developed worldwide. FEMA expressed its concerns to the United Nations of the political turn taken in the development of this technical standard. Limit values must not be set within the World Motorcycle Test Cycle (WMTC), these have already been democratically adopted for Europe.

More information on this subject available from FEMA office...

FEMA asks to recognise non-compatible vehicles. At the United Nations' level, plans have been initiated to organise a round table on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Using its consultative status as an NGO, FEMA, on behalf of the International Riders' Co-operation, has submitted a position paper (called in the UN jargon "Informal Paper") in order to express the necessity to recognise and, most importantly, not exclude vehicles from the roads because of incompatibility with new ITS technologies...

The position paper can be found on the FEMA web-site:

<a href="http://www.fema.ridersrights.org" target="_blank">http://www.fema.ridersrights.org</a>

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