International Transport Forum 2014

IMMA organises a side event at the International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit 2014* on 21st of May, in Leipzig (Germany)
“A Shared Road to Safety - A Global Approach for Safer Motorcycling”
On 21st of May, IMMA organised a side event at the International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit 2014 in Leipzig (Germany). The aim of the event was to engage policy makers, safety experts, road users, and all related stakeholders to foster safer motorcycling at global, regional and national level. The event helped to better understand the different uses of PTWs, the key trends and their global impact on safety. It highlighted the importance of inclusive policy (positive consideration of PTWs in transport plans). Moderated by Professor Fred Wegman, the side event featured contributions from various high level politicians and reputed experts. Mr Bambang Susantono, Vice Minister of Transport, Indonesia emphasised the benefits of conducting road safety campaigns and the importance of the government endorsing such initiatives. Mr Henri Prevost, Deputy Director of the Interministerial Road Safety Delegation, spoke about how safety awareness was strengthened with motorcyclists in France and reported on the The PTW Safety Committee in France providing effective recommendations on transport policies to the French government. Ms Gayle DiPietro from the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) provided an update on the work of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration. Various additional ideas, best practices and tailored strategies applied on a local, national or regional level were presented as part of overall transport policies by various panellists including CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, DEKRA, FIM and representatives of the Motorcycle Manufacturers Associations ACEM and IMMA. The forum participants agreed that the safety of Powered Two Wheelers can only be enhanced by applying a shared, integrated and comprehensive approach and by ensuring that local needs and differences are successfully addressed. Professor Wegman concluded that "the common challenge is to translate these ideas into timely action involving the relevant stakeholders in view of the discussions related to the progress of the Decade of Action for Road Safety”. * The ITF at the OECD is an intergovernmental organization with 54 member countries. Based in Paris, it is the only global body with a mandate to advance transport policy for all modes of transport. The ITF Summit is held annually and brings together transport ministers from member countries with business leaders, top researchers and representatives of civil society, and provides a global platform for high-level exchange on strategic transport policy issues. Link to the ITF IMMA side event website. Link to the report of the ITF IMMA side event.