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About the FIA


The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) is the governing body for world motor sport. Founded in 1904, with headquarters in Paris, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) is a non-profit making association. It brings together 230 national motoring and sporting organizations from 135 countries on five continents. Its member clubs represent millions of motorists and their families. One of the core responsibilities of the FIA is the development of motor sport worldwide. Through its national member clubs the FIA is involved in every level of motor sport and its remit extends to the millions of amateurs and professionals who enjoy motor sport in all of its variety. The FIA has been dedicated to representing the rights of motoring organizations and motor car users throughout the world via campaigns and activities that defend their interests. On issues such as safety, mobility, the environment and consumer law the FIA actively promotes the interests of motorists at the United Nations, within the European Union and through other international bodies. The FIA is also the governing body for motor sport worldwide. It administers the rules and regulations for all international four-wheel motor sport including the FIA Formula One World Championship, FIA World Rally Championship, FIA World Touring Car Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship.


The governing body of motor sport worldwide, the FIA is the globe's foremost force for safe, sustainable and fair motor sports competition. The FIA’s involvement in motor sport is almost as old as the automobile itself. With city-to-city racing becoming popular in the early 20th century, but with no rules governing safety or fair competition, the Automobile Club de France allied itself with 12 clubs from around the world to form the Association Internationale des Automobile Clubs Reconnus, the direct antecedent of the FIA. In 1950, the recently established Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile inaugurated the Formula One World Championship and thus began the FIA’s evolution into a global motor sports force. The process has seen the federation become the administrator of many of the world's most prestigious motor sports series, including F1, the World Rally Championship, the World Endurance Championship and the World Touring Car Championship. The FIA is also at the forefront in the development of the motor sport of the future through the Formula E electric racing championship. As the governing body of world motor sport, the FIA seeks to not only effectively administer competition at all levels but also to promote the continuous improvement of safety standards across all forms of motor sport. The federation also encourages the adoption of common regulations for all forms of motor sports globally and advocates for the development of motor sport at all levels. After a century at the centre of sporting development, the FIA's passion for competition is undiminished and its dedication to ensuring fair play and safety for all competitors continues to define its involvement in motor sport around the world.


The FIA's Action for Road Safety is a global campaign, focusing the federation's resources on helping its member organizations around the globe to educate and advocate for safer roads, vehicles and behaviors. The FIA has a long and distinguished history in promoting road safety. For many years the Federation has lobbied for improved legislation, infrastructure and vehicle safety technologies on an international scale. Road safety is fast becoming a global problem with 1.3 million people losing their lives and 50 million others seriously injured annually as a result of road accidents. It is estimated that by 2020 road traffic accidents will claim 2 million lives each year – more than any other global pandemic. On May 11th 2011 the FIA launched its Action for Road Safety in support of the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety. The FIA’s initiative aims to lower the alarming figures associated with global road accidents and to spread the safer motoring message. Central to the campaign are the 10 Golden Rules for Safer Motoring. A set of simple tips intended to help motorists improve their driving behavior. These rules hope to assist motorists in reaching a golden standard of motoring and to remind them of their responsibilities to themselves, their passengers and all other road users. The FIA Action for Road Safety campaign has been enthusiastically championed by the motorsport community and well-known figures including: Emerson Fittipaldi, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Sébastien Loeb, Yvan Muller and Monisha Kaltenborn who have fiercely backed the campaign’s simple message of safer motoring and safer road use. The campaign has also received endorsements from heads of state, leaders and international opinion formers such as the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan, Archbishop of Capetown Desmond Tutu, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno and United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.