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Policy: Safe systems

A safe systems approach is the most effective way to prevent road deaths, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI). Shifting responsibility away from drivers and pedestrians using roads to the city planners and officials designing them could save nearly a million lives a year.

WRI analysed data from 53 countries and found that those that took a safe systems approach to road safety achieved the lowest rates of road deaths over 20 years. The report provides guidance to help all stakeholders involved in transport decisions to develop a locally relevant road safety strategy, and focuses on the urgent need to apply the safe systems approach in low- and middle-income countries.


Initiative: Environmental health

The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Environment have launched a wide-ranging collaboration to address environmental health risks estimated to cause 12.6 million deaths a year.

The organisations have pledged to work closely together to address critical threats to health and environmental sustainability, including air pollution caused by road traffic. The new collaboration will support BreatheLife, a campaign to mobilise cities and individuals to protect our health and planet from the effects of air pollution. The campaign is run jointly by WHO, UN Environment and the Climate & Clean Air Coalition.

Research: Passenger vehicles

Adopting rigorous standards for emissions and fuel economy for passenger vehicles in South Africa would result in significant reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to new research led by the International Council on Clean Transportation.

South Africa’s new passenger vehicle fleet is the largest on the African continent and the 18th largest globally. On average, a South African passenger vehicle emits 21% more CO2 than a European passenger car.

Road users

Research: Motorcycle helmets
Vietnam’s ‘universal helmet law’ has significantly improved motorcyclist safety and has prevented an estimated 500,000 head injuries and 15,000 deaths since it was introduced in 2007.

A new publication from the AIP Foundation and FIA Foundation explains why the initiative is  considered such a great success story and highlights what can be achieved when a dedicated government, NGOs, and public and private partners collaborate to work towards a common objective.

In-vehicle technology

Initiative: Best in Class

The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has issued a list of the best-performing cars in terms of safety for 2017. EuroNCAP assessed almost 70 vehicles over the year, and reported that most of the new models tested achieved the maximum five-star rating.

The majority of cars assessed featured advanced driver-assistance technology and improvements in crash protection for pedestrians as well as vehicle occupants. Pedestrian-detecting autobrake systems, first tested by Euro NCAP in 2016, are fitted as standard on 62% of new cars, while rear seat load limiters and seat belt tensioners are standard equipment on 94% of new cars. 


Policy: Rallying behind road safety

The French Prime Minister has put road safety at the top of the national agenda by announcing a series of key measures to reduce the number of road deaths in France.

The measures include increasing use of ignition interlocks to tackle the problem of drink- and drug-driving, a crackdown on the use of mobile phones while driving – drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel risk having their licence suspended for three months – and lowering the speed limit from 90km/h to 80km/h on two-lane routes with no central reservation.
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