FIM: Rider safety

Trial Magazine - - NEWS -

For the FIM the riders’ safety is paramount. Pro­tec­tive de­vices have been a ma­jor fo­cus of its work in re­cent years, with valu­able in­put from the FIM Tech­ni­cal and Med­i­cal Com­mis­sions. 2019 will be a land­mark year for im­prov­ing trial riders’ safety.

Since 2016, riders have been strongly en­cour­aged to wear back and chest pro­tec­tion. From 2019 back pro­tec­tors will be com­pul­sory for all classes in both Trial and X-Trial. Use of chest pro­tec­tors re­mains en­cour­aged and may be­come com­pul­sory in the near fu­ture.

In or­der to pre­pare the riders for the new rule a ‘safety camp’ will be or­gan­ised in con­nec­tion with one World Cham­pi­onship round. Riders will be able to test avail­able back and chest pro­tec­tors thanks to the par­tic­i­pa­tion of pro­tec­tive de­vice man­u­fac­tur­ers. More than 10 man­u­fac­tur­ers have al­ready been con­tacted with a view to fu­ture co­op­er­a­tion. The ul­ti­mate aim is to draw up a list of prod­uct man­u­fac­tur­ers and de­vice mod­els that are cer­ti­fied ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, and from which men and women riders will be able to choose.

Another im­por­tant mea­sure is the cre­ation of a ‘Trial Sec­tions and Safety Work­ing Group’ bring­ing to­gether ex­perts from the FIM Trial, Tech­ni­cal and Med­i­cal Com­mis­sions, man­u­fac­tur­ers and riders’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.