IMMA, as the global voice of the Motorcycle Industry, will promote solutions for safe, sustainable, socially responsible, and economically viable motorcycle mobility.
IMMA advocates and engages in the development and progressive harmonisation of vehicle requirements within global regulatory forums, and supports the industry by addressing common challenges and opportunities.
For nearly 70 years, IMMA has been a contributor to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee (ITC), in particular the work of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1).
IMMA also contributes to GTB, the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group, the International Transport Forum (ITF), the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) under the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC).
In 2013, IMMA joined the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) to strengthen the collaboration with the World Health Organization and accelerate road safety for users of PTWs.
PTWs are one of the most affordable forms of personal transport in many parts of the world. In various regions, PTWs are also the most common type of registered motor vehicle, often referred to as motorcycles.
Their design varies greatly and they may be adapted to suit different purposes i.e.: commuting or other primary mobility functions, first responder services, taxi and delivery, leisure and sport.
Different segments can be identified such as moped, scooter or vehicles with step-through/underbone chassis, street, tricycle, classic, super-sport, touring, cruiser, custom, supermoto, dual purpose and off-road motorcycles. These can be offered with either conventional internal combustion engines or electric motors.
IMMA represents the manufacturing and trade industry of mopeds, motorcycles and three-wheelers. Therefore, IMMA refers to PTWs as Powered Two- and Three-Wheeled vehicles.
In the international regulatory environment, in particular UNECE, PTWs are referred to under the term: “vehicles of category L”. Many countries have derived their national vehicle categorisation from the UNECE.
The classifications for L-category as applied by UNECE are: