European Motorcyclists’ Forum a success for safety

Riderscan panel discussion

On the 3 February the European Motorcyclists’ Forum, organised by the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA), ended in the European Parliament with a panel discussion on the outcomes of the RIDERSCAN project. Co-funded by the European Commission, the RIDERSCAN project gathers information on motorcycle safety in Europe and identifies areas for action.

The information from the RIDERSCAN project will be very useful for the European Commission. Szabolcs Schmidt (Head of the Road Safety Unit, Director-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission) expressed his gratitude, saying the information would impact on the mid-term evaluation of the European Commission Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020.

Inés Ayalá-Sender and Wim van de Camp, members of the European Parliament, foresaw a growing role for powered two wheelers (PTWs) and FEMA General Secretary Dolf Willigers added that PTWs are part of the solution for congestion problems; so using them should be made safer.

FIM CAP Director Jesper Christenson emphasised the need for better training and drew attention to the fact that the present Driving License Directive discriminates against women and smaller men. He also asked for better infrastructure and barrier standards that take riders into account.