Sunday, 28 July 2013

UL donation pledged to Global NCAP

We are delighted to announce that Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a US-based global independent safety science company, is supporting the Decade of Action for Road Safety with a US $70,000 donation to the Road Safety Fund.

With more than 100 years experience in product safety testing and certification, and a strong CSR community programme also devoted to improving safety, UL is an ideal partner for Global NCAP, the charity which promotes safer vehicles by supporting independent consumer car safety crash testing programmes including Latin NCAP and ASEAN NCAP, and advocating for compliance with UN vehicle safety standards. UL has therefore decided to direct its donation to Global NCAP, to enable the organisation's important work in support of the vehicle pillar of the Global Plan of the Decade of Action.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Road safety a priority in UPS Sustainability Report

Scott Davis, Chairman & CEO of UPS: "solutions are as close as
the limitless creativity and drive of the human spirit"
UPS has highlighted its support for the Decade of Action in its latest Sustainability Report, published this week. In his Executive Statement UPS Chairman and CEO, Scott Davis, gave a strong profile to UPS's investment in Decade of Action programmes including its US$ 450,000 support for AIP Foundation's 'Helmets for Kids' initiative in South East Asia and US $300,000 investment in Fleet Forum's NSEWA driver training programme in southern Africa. Read the full report here.

The NSEWA driver training programme, launched by Fleet Forum and North Star Alliance in 2012, connects road safety training to North Star Alliance's network of Wellness Centres, to provide long distance truck drivers with modular driver safety training. So far five Wellness Centres have been equipped with NSEWA kiosks providing interactive training (see map) and ten more are in the pipeline.

The NSWEA Learning Network has been accredited with the South African Transport Education and Training Authority, enabling companies that agree to participate in the programme to be eligible for grants from the South African Skills Education Training Authority. New participants in the programme include Transvaal Heavy Transport and Oxfam Zimbabwe, which has included a NSEWA training kiosk in its Oxfam GB Harare office. See more about the initiative in this NSEWA promotional video .

IVECO supports Decade project

We are pleased to announce that IVECO, the Italian truck manufacturer, is supporting the Decade of Action in 2013 with a US $15,000 donation to the Road Safety Fund. IVECO's donation will shortly be deployed to support a ‘Safe Schools’ project in South Africa, which aims to increase pedestrian safety for children on their journey to and from school, through infrastructure safety assessment and improvement, road safety education and training, and local community outreach.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

New crash test heroes...and zeros

The SEAT New Leon, Latin NCAP's first 5 star car
Latin NCAP has awarded its first ever five-star safety rating for adult occupant protection to the SEAT New Leon, in independent consumer crash tests published today with support from the Road Safety Fund. Latin NCAP also welcomed the four-star rating for the Suzuki Celerio city car’s adult occupant protection. The results show that manufacturers can produce small cars for the region with stable structures and good protection.
In contrast to these positive results Latin NCAP’s latest tests also reveal that some of the best-selling models produced by global brands are offering zero-star levels of protection which would fail to meet even basic global safety standards. The worst performing cars in the recent round of crash tests from Latin NCAP were the Nissan Tsuru (Sentra B13), Renault Clio Mio, Suzuki Alto K10 and Chevrolet Agile. All scored zero stars. Sold with no airbags, and body structures that collapse onto the people inside, the crash tests of these popular entry-level models make for disturbing viewing.
This is very disappointing and partly due to the lack of airbags as standard, but the real problem is the substandard safety of their body structures," said Global NCAP's Technical Director Alejandro Furas. "Body structures that collapse onto the people inside can have fatal or life-threatening consequences in real-world crashes. These zero rated cars are built by companies that produce good, safe five star cars and at affordable prices for buyers in other parts of the world. Now is the time for car buyers in Latin America to be able to choose five star models that exceed global safety standards".
The Renault Clio Mio was one of four cars to score zero stars for occupant protection
In response to these results, Global NCAP chairman Max Mosley has written to the CEOs of Renault-Nissan, General Motors and Suzuki, urging them to apply the UN’s minimum crash safety standards to their global passenger car production. “Global NCAP is concerned weak sales and deteriorating profits in traditional markets are encouraging car companies to take unnecessary risks on safety in emerging markets,” said Mosley. “Unregulated emerging markets make it too easy for car companies to produce products that short change customers on safety. If CEOs know their products do not meet global safety standards, they should take responsibility and act now. The lives of customers in Latin America are no less valuable than those in Europe, Japan and North America.”
Car production exceeds 60 million units annually due to growth in emerging markets where road traffic injury has become a major public health concern. A key recommendation of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 is for manufacturers to apply global crash test standards more widely. Global NCAP estimates as many as 20 million vehicles a year fail to meet the UN standards and has asked industry leaders to consider a voluntary commitment on safety.
The organization is asking manufacturers to ensure that by 2015 all vehicles meet international standards for seatbelts (R16 and R14) and for front and side impacts (R94 and R95). By 2020, it would like Electronic Stability Control and pedestrian protection measures made standard.
For the full results of these latest tests see here. The Latin NCAP is supported by the Road Safety Fund through an FIA Foundation grant directed to Global NCAP.

See coverage of the story on the Guardian's Sustainable Business website here