Monday, 3 February 2014

Fund donors see impact in India crash tests

The Suzuki Maruti was one of the high selling cars to achieve zero stars
Hundreds of thousands of people have watched crash test footage or downloaded results of Global NCAP's first crash tests in India, since they were published last Friday. The tests, of popular cars sold by manufacturers Ford, Hyundai, Suzuki, Tata and VW, were covered by news media across the world. Following a zero-star test of its Polo, Volkswagen announced it was introducing driver and passenger airbags as standard for its entry-level Polo. With the airbags included the car achieves four stars for occupant protection.

To coincide with the tests, which were co-funded by the FIA Foundation, a Conference on Vehicle Safety in Emerging Markets was organised by the IRTE at its College of Traffic Management near New Delhi. The event, supported by the Road Safety Fund through its donors DENSO and UL, and by the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility, brought together Indian and international policymakers and a large number of vehicle manufacturers to discuss strategies for improving car safety in the Decade of Action for Road Safety.   

Friday, 24 January 2014

Economist: tackle this 'avoidable epidemic'

Leader column in this week's Economist magazine argues that 'safe roads make better economic sense than dangerous ones. Most crash victims are boys and working-age men. Their death or maiming leaves families destitute and deprives countries of their most economically valuable citizens.' The Economist also publishes an article highlighting the impact of road crashes in middle and low income countries.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014


Check out 'Ivresse', a drink-driving film directed by leading French actor/director Guillame Canet for Fondation Vinci Autoroutes, a Supporter of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Road safety call at UN Post-2015 hearing

Co-chairs and panellists at the UN post-2015 hearings on transport
Governments at the UN have been urged to include a road safety target within the 'post-2015' framework for sustainable development. At a 'Open Working Group' hearing chaired by the UN Ambassadors of Kenya and Hungary, Saul Billingsley, Director of the Road Safety Fund, called on the international community to recognise the contribution that road safety and sustainable transport can make to delivering wider goals for health, education and economic development:

“There is a fundamental, and often fatal, disconnect when transport efficiency is calculated only according to narrow economic criteria. When it forgets or neglects the human dimension. An all too typical example is road building and rehabilitation designed to increase vehicle volume and speed, without considering the wider or long-term safety or environmental impacts. So our objective for the post-2015 agenda should be to restore the human dimension to transport policy, to design transport systems that do no harm, and to integrate transport policies with wider development objectives in a way that supports the delivery of the new sustainable development goals.”

A briefing paper for the hearings published by a number of UN agencies, including UNEP, WHO and UNECE, calls for a post-2015 target for road safety to reduce fatalities by 50% from 2010 levels by 2030. A paper prepared by the Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) provides some detailed suggestions for how a road safety target, and the indicators to support it, could be formulated.

For more on the UN hearings on sustainable transport see the FIA Foundation website.


Monday, 16 December 2013

Save the Children leads Thai study

Save the Children is partnering with the FIA Foundation's Road Safety Fund to test new approaches to increasing child motorcycle helmet use in Thailand.
With co-funding from the FIA Foundation, Save the Children Thailand is working with AIP Foundation, CSR Asia and the Global Road Safety Partnership to gauge the efficacy of innovative measures to increase child helmet use in order to build an effective multi-partner campaign in Thailand.
Experimental trials are occurring throughout Bangkok from November 2013 to January 2014, including the launch by AIP Foundation of a trial "pop-up" helmet retail kiosk at a petrol station in Si Praya, Bangkok, that aims to increase accessibility of children's helmets. During the two week pilot, the kiosk will sell discounted children's helmets that have been donated by Vespiario (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and trained staff will interview customers about their response to selling children's helmets at petrol stations and the motivations behind their purchases.
The initiative has also included a roundtable bringing together business leaders to review effective fundraising strategies and to consult on concepts for awareness campaigns. It is hoped that this initial scoping work will lead to a large scale activity in 2014. The project is the first collaboration between Save the Children and the Road Safety Fund since the two organisations signed an MOU which aimed to assist the leading child development charity in its efforts to become more engaged with road traffic injury prevention, recognising that road crashes are a leading cause of child death and injury across the many countries where Save the Children operates.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

5 star success in latest Latin NCAP tests

The Volkswagen Jetta scored five stars in the frontal impact test
New crash test results released by Latin NCAP today show locally produced cars are starting to offer consumers good crash protection. Models built in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina by Ford and Volkswagen are the first built in the region to achieve a five-star adult safety rating. With more consumers checking the safety rating of new cars before buying, vehicle manufacturers have been updating their models to perform better in the Latin NCAP’s crash tests.

Latin NCAP President María Fernanda Rodríguez said: "Latin America’s vehicles are entering a new era in safety. The manufacturers of our region are reacting as in other regions when the first five-star cars were introduced. Brands with safe vehicles and those wishing to improve their safety are striving to demonstrate it. In five tests, three cars are five stars and two are four stars. This is a real change, a big change that benefits all of us: the people in cars, the health system, insurance, and government. It’s also great to see the example of Hyundai making an effort to improve child safety by repeating a test. All of Latin NCAP’s partners agree this is the best way to end the year and to begin 2014 with a positive outlook."
Latin NCAP is supported by the Road Safety Fund through a grant from the FIA Foundation to Global NCAP.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Ban Ki-Moon: Road safety 'vital' to post-2015 health

Photo copyright: UN
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has issued a strong endorsement of the campaign to include road safety within the post-2015 sustainable development goals, saying 'concerted action' is needed to achieve the objectives of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety and to build on these efforts in the post-2015 development framework. In his official statement issued to support the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, held last Sunday, Mr Ban said: "I call for more concerted action on road safety as part of the future development agenda.  This will be a vital component of efforts to improve health and save lives in the years ahead." Read his full press statement here.