Arteris’ Brazilian Federal Highways Outperform United Nations Crash Reduction Goal
Three Brazilian federal highways managed by Arteris Group, which has as shareholders Abertis Infraestrucuturas SA and Brookfield Motorways Holdings SRL, have already reached United Nations’ goal for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which stipulates the reduction by half of deaths caused by crashes on the roads.
Arteris Fluminense (BR-101/RJ between Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo), Arteris Regis Bittencourt (BR-116 between São Paulo and Curitiba) and Arteris Planalto Sul (BR-116 between Curitiba and the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul) have a total of more than 1,200 kilometers and joined United Nations’ goal voluntarily, reducing their rates by 58%, 60%, and 60%, respectively.
The goal was achieved soon after Arteris Operations team organized a group specialized in road safety (GERAR), with a primary mission of developing actions to reduce the number of crashes on roads managed by the company.
As a highlight of GERAR’s external actions, Arteris joined the São Paulo Traffic Safety Movement, a taskforce created by the government of São Paulo in 2015 with state cities and state agencies, such as State Department of Traffic and the Secretary of Public Security, in favor of traffic safety.
Amongst other actions developed by this specialized group are the improvements of the infrastructure, such as better signs, road duplications (reducing the traffic and therefore the number of crashes), more speed radars and speed reducers, that demonstrates the Groups commitment to the United Nations’s goal for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
The company also believes in increasing the public awareness through education with Projeto Escola Arteris. Thus, it has been working for 17 years educating students of all ages, complementing school materials and teachers, dedicated on making the traffic more human. Moreover, there is an annual forum, focused on discussing innovations and measures for safer roads, Fórum Arteris de Segurança.
One of the largest highway operators in Brazil, Arteris is responsible for investing in the conservation, expansion, improvement, and operation of the road stretches managed under the São Paulo and Federal governments’ concession programs. In total, 3,463 kilometers interconnect the states of Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paraná, and Santa Catarina, which account for 62 percent of the Brazilian Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 49 percent of the population, and 60 percent of the domestic vehicle fleet. In addition to the ten concession companies, also part of Arteris is Latina Mantenimiento e Sinalização de Rodovias Ltda., a subsidiary that provides services exclusively to the group’s companies. With structure streamlining and activity reorganization, the company aims to ensure more agility and efficiency. The group’s strategy is geared towards growth and long-term investments with a focus on the highway concession sector. Thus, the company seeks to contribute to Brazilian infrastructure, providing safety and excellent services to road transportation.