ROAD SAFETY NEWS OF THE WEEK
Last week, the United Arab Emirates Government called for the support of the country’s corporations to achieve the road safety goals and its “Vision 2021” program. Australia will inspect up to 9,000 trucks in the country’s first nationally standardized vehicle safety and performance assessment. Check out these and other top news stories in our Road Safety News of the Week.*
- Corporations Must Play a Vital Role in Improving Road Safety in the UAE
The ambitious targets of the UAE government’s “UAE Vision 2021” with regards to road fatalities, urges UAE’s corporations to play a role in achieving those targets. Thought-leading corporations and management develop holistic programs focusing on road safety to educate and protect their staff, customers, and consumers.
- Halve Traffic Collisions Deaths and Injuries by 2020: Can it be Done?
The dawn of the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) means that awareness of road safety is growing fast. One of the many ambitious targets is to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020. Over the past few years, this group of organizations has built a rich body of evidence which shows exactly what can be done by different stakeholders to tackle deadly road traffic incidents. For governments – both national and municipal – the need is to pass stringent laws, such as those to reduce speed and enforce helmet-wearing.
- Trucks Targeted in Heavy Vehicle Safety Checks Across the Country
Up to 9,000 trucks around Australia are about to get a health check. The random inspections will take place on heavy vehicles in the next two months to give an overall picture of the national fleet’s roadworthiness. This is the first time there had been a nationally-consistent approach, despite there being a large array of truck types and purposes.
- World Bank says road collisions damage the economy by 1.5% of GDP
Road collisions represent not only a serious health issue in Albania, but also an economic one. A report from the World Bank shows that the country has one of the highest mortality rates from road collisions in Europe, an average of 84.7 deaths per 100 000 vehicles. The reports suggests this figure is at least two times higher for Albania than neighboring countries. The World Bank suggests the economic cost is on average 130 million euro per year, or almost 1.5 percent of the country’s GDP.
* The opinions expressed in the articles are for informational purposes and do not necessarily reflect TSR and its members’ views.