ACTAC General Assembly Held in Conjunction with FIA Region 1 Spring Meeting

Ben Sulayem: Our operational environment is changing fast in the world of mobility, we have to anticipate those trends and plan accordingly

Photo Caption: Mohammed ben Sulayem, Chairman of ACTAC and Thierry Willemarck, FIA Region 1 President

The Arab Council of Touring and Automobile Clubs (ACTAC) held its General Assembly in conjunction with the FIA Region 1 Spring Meeting on the 9th of May 2016. The meeting, considered to be the supreme decision-making body of the FIA, was attended by Thierry Willemarck, FIA Region 1 President, Mohammed ben Sulayem, Chairman of ACTAC and a large number of FIA Mobility team members.

The meeting, hosted by Automobile and Touring Club of Finland (Autoliitto) in Helsinki, has mainly focused on the development of an International Driving Permit. This project has been a priority in the Clubs’ agenda over the past year and delegates took part in a lively discussion about the latest developments and future plans.

“If I was to pick a theme for today’s meeting it would be change. As you all know change is a constant part of business and life. Our business and operational environment is changing fast in the world of mobility. Therefore it is up to us to anticipate those trends and plan accordingly” said Mohammed ben Sulayem, Chairman of ACTAC.

“As you will see from the agenda one area we are working with the FIA to change are IDPs. This product has not changed for 48 years, but the world of international travel has changed a lot from then. I welcome the FIA leadership to address this issue through product upgrade to add value and to stop the forgeries” added Ben Sulayem.

A survey was also conducted during the assembly aiming to collect data on ACTAC members’ views and experiences about the International Driving Permit (IDP) as well as their IDP applicants´ perception about its features.

Another key topic that was discussed during the meeting is the broad ACTAC adoption of the FIA Child Restraint System campaign, which will aim to attract public attention to the importance of using appropriate child seats while driving.

The Automobile and Touring Club of UAE is currently preparing toolkit to assist Child Restraint System implementation in Arabic, and has presented some examples of the campaign materials aiming to raise higher awareness among ACTAC members about the importance of this move.

The Arab Council of Touring and Automobile Clubs (ACTAC) formally became a sub-region of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Region I in May 2009. The goal of ACTAC is to unite the Arabic speaking FIA clubs of the region to shape the future of motoring throughout the Arab world. ACTAC’s major objectives are to ensure the unity of the automobile movement and safeguard its interests, promote, develop and improve regional road safety, tourism, motor traffic, transportation and contribute to the improvement of the environment, regulate and improve the range of services provided to motoring tourists and travelers.