The Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations (FEMA), an organization comprised of 24 national riders' rights organizations from 19 European countries, has elected Gerard Livett as its new president.
A former member of the National Committee of the Motorcycle Action Group in the UK and Greater London Representative, Livett was unanimously elected by FEMA's members at the group's annual general meeting in Brussels. He is FEMA's seventh president and replaces Hans Petter Strifeldt of Norway.
FEMA was born on January 1, 1998, when the Federation of European Motorcyclists (FEM) and the European Motorcyclists Association (EMA) merged.
FEMA is the only European riders' rights organization with a permanent presence in Brussels, concentrating its efforts on motorcycle and rider-related matters. Together with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), the Motorcycle Riders' Foundation (MRF) and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), FEMA is part of an International delegation with the objective of ensuring an efficient representation of motorcyclists at the United Nations where worldwide standards for powered two-wheelers and road safety measures are developed.
In 2008, the delegation managed to 1) persuade the European Commission to include motorcycles in transport policy and infrastructure deployment, 2) include motorcyclists in road safety audits, 3) garner a vote at the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) towards safer guardrail designs, and 4) integrate motorcyclists' needs and wants in the European debate on Intelligent Transport Systems.
—Submitted by Guido Ebert