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On the proposal of the World Council for Mobility and the Automobile


1) Road traffic crashes result in at least 1.2 million deaths and over 50 million injuries each year, and that road traffic deaths and injuries (RTIs) are forecast to increase by more than 60% by 2020; Most of this increase is occurring in low and middle income countries and although there has been significant progress in the industrialized countries more effort is required to reduce the risk of death and injury on the road; Motorists and all road users have the right to expect the highest safety standards of road traffic regulation, vehicle capability for crash avoidance and crashworthiness, of road construction and design, and post crash response; Action is, therefore, needed globally and locally to make roads safe;

2) The World Report on Road Traffic injury Prevention published by the World Health Organisation and the World Bank identifies the key 'risk factors' that contribute to RTIs, including non use of seat belts, child restraints and helmets; excessive speed, drink driving and poor road infrastructure; The UN General Assembly resolution has supported the establishment of the UN Road Safety Collaboration and called on Member States to implement the recommendations of the World Report; The World Bank, with the support of the FIA Foundation, has established the Global Road Safety Facility to facilitate investment in road safety in low and middle income countries;

3) The Commission for Global Road Safety has recommended to the G8 leading industrialized nations that a $300 million ten year Action Plan for Global Road Safety be adopted to help low and middle income countries to develop national road safety strategies based on the recommendations of the World Report; The European Union, the European Conference of Ministers of transport, African Ministers of Transport, ASEAN Ministers of Transport, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development and other similar governmental bodies have adopted road safety casualty reduction targets, strategies and action plans;

4) Action is necessary to promote better road user behaviour through road safety awareness campaigns to promote seat belt use, respect for speed limits, and against drink driving combined with appropriate and transparent enforcement strategies; and that provision of high standards of driver training and education especially for young road users and children is essential to develop a culture of road safety;

5) Improvements in motor vehicle design and technology for both active and passive safety will continue to make cars safer than ever before; Intelligent 'eSafety' systems also have the potential to promote crash avoidance and emergency response; Harmonisation at a global level of the US, European and Japanese vehicle construction standards will contribute to the spread of safer motor vehicles around the world; Consumer information initiatives pioneered by automobile clubs such as New Car Assessment Programmes have surpassed regulatory requirements and helped to create a market for safer cars;

6) Investment in safer roads offers the most potential to avoid crashes and to reduce the risk of road traffic deaths and injuries both for motorists and all road users; Safety rating and assessment of road networks is urgently needed to inform both road users and road authorities of the level of risk and the scope for improvement; The World Bank recommends that a minimum of 10% of total road investment project costs should include a road safety component, however, current levels of investment in the safety levels of road infrastructure in many countries falls below this guideline;

7) The achievement of the Millenium Development Goals to eradicate poverty, promote health and education and to promote sustainable development by 2015 will be undermined by the forecast rise in road traffic deaths and injuries and, therefore, requires a new commitment by the international community to promote road safety especially through greater investment in safer roads;

8) The United Nations has designated April 23rd - 29th 2007 as the first ever Global Road Safety Week with a special emphasis on young road users; Young road users and children remain a very vulnerable group at high risk of fatal or serious injury in road crashes;

9) The FIA, and its member clubs, together with the FIA Foundation for the Automobile & Society, all play a leading role in global road safety advocacy and the promotion of safer drivers, safer cars and safer roads;

Hereby decides:

To support the United Nations Global Road Safety Week 2007 and to encourage all FIA member clubs to participate fully in activities associated with the Week and, in particular, to highlight the theme of the safety of young road users and children;

To endorse the recommendations of the Commission for Global Road Safety, welcome the proposal for a Global Action Plan, a Ministerial Conference and a Global Road Safety Charter and to support the 'Make Roads Safe' campaign to ensure that road safety takes it proper place on the agenda of the G8, the United Nations, and other relevant regional groupings such as the European Union, the Asian Pacific Economic Community and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development;

To endorse the recommendations of the World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention and welcome the establishment of the UN Road Safety Collaboration and the World Bank's Global Road Safety Facility which together will be an important catalyst to greater investment in road safety in low and middle-income countries;

To recommend that all countries identify a lead agency to develop national road safety action plans, adopt realistic but achievable casualty reduction targets, develop RTI prevention measures that are based on local assessment and data, and to work closely with motoring organizations and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the effective implementation of the action plan;

To support and encourage participation by FIA member clubs in road safety awareness campaigns, such as 'Think Before You Drive' and other similar initiatives aiming to promote key road safety messages such as seat belt, helmet and child restraint use, avoiding drinkdriving and excessive speed; and to promote high standards of driver training and education to promote a culture of safety among all road users.

Continue to support motoring organizations in their pioneering role as developers of independent consumer safety rating systems both for new cars and for roads through New Car Assessment Programmes (such as the EuroNCAP, ANCAP etc.) and the International Road Assessment Programme (IRAP);

To support greater efforts to harmonies at a high level of protection motor vehicle safety standards through the United Nations World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations and to encourage faster deployment of proven active and passive safety technologies onto the market by a combination of consumer information, fiscal incentives and where necessary regulation;

To support increased investment in the safety standards of road networks across the world by promoting rating and assessment systems that will ensure that unsafe road design is eliminated, and to ensure that a minimum of 10% of total road project costs are dedicated to safety engineering and related action plans.

To support increased investment in campaigns with the aim of making drivers aware of the risks arising from the roads, urging them to avoid risky behaviours such as not using the safety belt, ignoring speed limits or, in the case of motorbike riders, not wearing a crash helmet.

To support the know-how transfer as regards road safety from the most developed countries to the medium-to-low-income countries, especially concerning active and passive safety standards fitted into the vehicles, as well as road design, building and maintenance.

To support the development of driver training standards to ensure an appropriate level of technical training for drivers, not only at the beginning of their driving experience but also throughout their life as drivers.

To review progress on Global road Safety and the recommendations contain in this declaration at the FIA General Assembly in 2009.