Global NCAP: ‘democratise safety’ for all cars worldwide by 2020

Millions of new cars sold in middle and low income countries fail to meet the UN’s basic safety standards for front and side impacts, international automotive safety watchdog Global NCAP has said in a new report published on 10 March.

gncap-tata-nanoGlobal NCAP, which receives funding from the FIA Foundation, has set out ten policy recommendations for all new cars to meet basic safety standards for crash protection and crash avoidance.

The recommendations include: the adoption of minimum car safety regulations by UN Member States by the end of the UN Decade of Action in 2020; support by Governments and donors to extend consumer testing to all major automobile markets; that automobile manufacturers should make a voluntary commitment to apply front and side impact crash test standards to all new models from 2016; and that the industry should cease the practice of de-specification and bundling of safety features.

Speaking at the UN in Geneva during the launch of the new policy report, Democratising Car Safety: Road Map for Safer Cars 2020, Global NCAP Chairman Max Mosley said:

“Safety improvements stimulated by legislation and consumer awareness campaigns in high income economies that have saved hundreds of thousands of lives are not yet systematically available for drivers and their families in rapidly growing lower income markets.

“For example, crash test standards introduced twenty years ago for cars sold in Europe, are yet to be met by many new cars, and even brand new models, being sold today in leading middle income countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This is entirely unacceptable. Manufacturers cannot continue to treat millions of their customers as second class citizens when it comes to life saving standards of occupant protection.”


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While in the UK many are talking of how the driverless car will save millions of lives worldwide.

Self-driving cars: ‘A vaccine that can save lives’ – BBC Report

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Three Powerful Policies for Low Carbon Mobility

Transport efficiency, productivity and environmental sustainability continue to present big challenges for city leaders and policy think tanks around the world.

DSC08314As the share of the world’s population living in cities grows to nearly 70 per cent between now and 2050, energy consumption for urban transport is forecast to double to meet travel demand in the world’s mega cities.

Whilst this urban growth will be largely driven by economic development and the search for a better quality of life, the resulting success will dramatically change the scale and nature of our communities, and put a tremendous strain on the built environment and infrastructure that delivers vital services like transport, electricity, water, and communications.

In Australia, for example, transport is the third largest and second fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Globally, road traffic continues to account for around 80 per cent of transport CO2 emissions, and is expected to reach 9,000 Megaton per year by 2030 if the current transport energy use and mobility trends are not restrained

To deliver substantial reductions in emissions and promote low carbon transport, major policy, behavioural and technological changes would be required to achieve fuel security and climate change targets.

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Why You Should Manage Your Road Risks

RiskUp to 1 in 3 road crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work.

  • Every week, around 200 road deaths and serious injuries involve someone at work.
  • Nearly all of these deaths and injuries are preventable.
  • For the majority of people, the most dangerous thing they do while at work is drive on the public highway. (HSE 1996)
  • Managing a driving for work policy can save your business money.
  • Managing a driving for work policy is a legal requirement under health and safety legislation and road traffic law.
  • Management and employees can be prosecuted for road traffic crashes involving work related journeys, even when drivers are using their own vehicle.

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Calls for Mandatory Technology to Reduce Motorway Risks

dw_120Around 1,900 people were killed on motorways in the EU in 2013 and as many as 60% of those were not wearing a seatbelt, according to analysis published today (5 Mar) by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).

On the back of the findings the ETSC is calling on the EU to require the mandatory installation of intelligent seat belt reminder systems (SBR) for all passenger seats in new cars. Currently this is only required for driver seats.

The EU is currently undertaking a review of the safety requirements that all new vehicles sold in Europe must comply with. The rules were last updated in 2009 and a new proposal is expected later this year.

As part of the review, ETSC is also recommending the EU requires the installation of intelligent speed assistance (ISA) and lane departure warning systems (LDWS) in new vehicles.

ISA is an overridable in-car system that uses GPS data and sign-recognition cameras to help drivers adhere to speed limits which, according to ETSC, “could cut deaths overall by 20%”.

LDW systems, which alert the driver if they drift out of their lane (a sign of fatigue or distraction), are already mandatory for new lorries and buses.

Antonio Avenoso, executive director of ETSC, said: “Technologies that can step in to help the driver avoid catastrophe have the potential to save thousands of lives on our roads.”

The ETSC report also found that between 2004 and 2013 in the EU, Lithuania achieved the best average year-on-year reduction in deaths on motorways (-20%), followed by Slovakia (-14%) and Spain (-13%). Denmark, Austria, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Italy achieved better reductions than the EU average. Poland also managed to cut deaths despite quadrupling the length of its motorway network over the same period from 400km to 1500km.

For countries where death rates can be calculated based on traffic volume, the worst performing countries have a risk factor four times higher than the best countries. Denmark, Great Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands have the safest motorways while those in Poland, Hungary and Lithuania have the highest level of risk.

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Seatbelt enforcement checks to take place across Europe this week 9th – 15th March

Hungarian child seatbelt JPG.halfwidthPOLICE OFFICERS across Europe will be conducting seatbelt checks throughout the week of 9 to 15 March. Vehicle occupants who do not wear their seatbelt will be issued with a penalty. The action is part of a Europe-wide operation co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, which takes place throughout next week.

TISPOL President Aidan Reid says:  “Using a seatbelt is a quick and simple task; it’s also a highly effective way of reducing the consequences of a collision. That’s why wearing a seatbelt is not a matter of personal choice, but is compulsory for drivers and passengers in every European country.

“Yet there are still drivers and passengers who for whatever reason do not use a seatbelt.

“We urge drivers to take responsibility for their own safety and for the safety of their passengers, by ensuring everyone wears a seatbelt on every road journey. After all, the use of seatbelts is the single most effective method of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in motor vehicle collisions.”

Results from a similar operation on September last year show that more than 95,000 drivers and passengers received penalties for not wearing seatbelts. A total of 27 countries took part in the operation. Of the final total of 95,553 detections, 2,944 related to children not wearing seatbelts or other safety restraints.




Safety & Health Expo 2015

SHE2015_V2.logoUKGRS are pleased to announce that we are exhibiting at the Safety & Health Expo on 16th – 18th June 2015.

This years event is being held at the ExCel London, you are invited to come and visit us on stand M2155, opposite the Lone Worker pavilion.

The Safety & Health Expo this year has attracted a large and varied selection of exhibitors.  Alongside this event there is the Facilities Show, Energy & Environment Expo, Firex International, Service Management Expo and IFSEC International, register for free now to attend all of these events.

To register your attendance at the show for free click on this LINK.

We look forward to seeing you there.

UKGRS team.

Drug-drive changes and “drugalysers” come into force

New regulations aimed at stopping people driving while on drugs have come into force in England and Wales.


For the first time, motorists face prosecution if they exceed limits set for the presence of eight illegal drugs, including cannabis and cocaine.

Police will be able to use “drugalysers” to screen for cannabis and cocaine at the roadside.

Campaigners said the changes were a “step in the right direction” while the government said they would save lives.

The new rules run alongside the existing law, under which it is an offence to drive when impaired by any drug.

The existing penalties mean drug drivers already face a fine up to £5,000, up to six months in prison and a minimum one-year driving ban.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Ten Cities and Five Countries to Participate in New Phase of the Global Road Safety Initiative

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Selections made from a field of 20 strong applicant cities

Commitment Aims to Reduce Road Traffic Fatalities and Injuries in Low- and Middle-Income Cities and Countries

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the winning cities and countries selected to participate in a new phase of the foundation’s Global Road Safety Initiative, which aims to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes. With a new commitment of $125 million over five years, the program will work at both the national level to strengthen road safety legislation and the city level implementing proven road safety interventions. Twenty invited cities participated in the competition with ten cities and five countries selected as official participants in the program. The five countries selected to receive technical support to review and strengthen road safety legislation include China, India, Philippines, Thailand and Tanzania.

The ten cities are:

    • Accra, Ghana;
    • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;
    • Bandung, Indonesia;
    • Bangkok, Thailand;
    • Bogota, Colombia;
    • Fortaleza, Brazil;
    • Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam;
    • Mumbai, India;
    • São Paulo, Brazil; and
    • Shanghai, China.

The selected cities will receive:

    • Senior-level, full-time staff to work within city governments on their road safety initiatives for up to 5 years
    • Comprehensive technical assistance from the world’s leading road safety organizations
    • Training for police officers and other relevant city staff
    • Support to create hard-hitting mass media campaigns

“We can prevent millions of road traffic fatalities and injuries through stronger laws, more effective enforcement and better infrastructure. The 10 cities selected to participate in our next five-year road safety program have demonstrated a commitment to this work, and we are excited to support them,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City. “Road traffic deaths will become increasingly common in the years ahead, unless we take decisive action now to prevent them.”


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Third UN Global Road Safety Week 2015

4th – 10th May 2015 Children and road safety

SKL_Kenya_kids_310pxThe UN Road Safety Collaboration is pleased to announce the global campaign for the Third UN Global Road Safety Week, 4-10 May 2015, on the theme children and road safety: #SaveKidsLives.

The campaign seeks to highlight the plight of children on the world’s roads; generate action to better ensure their safety; and promote the inclusion of safe and sustainable transport in the post-2015 development agenda.

The centrepiece of the #SaveKidsLives campaign, which was launched in November 2014, is a child declaration, developed with input from children around the world.

The campaign invites all road safety policy-makers and advocates to “sign it”, “show it”, and “deliver it” to those in charge of road safety in countries and communities during the Week.

Host events to mark the Third UN Global Road Safety Week

Governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, private companies – all of us who travel the world’s roads – are encouraged to plan and host events on 4-10 May 2015 to mark the Third UN Global Road Safety Week.

To send information about the event you are planning to be listed on the “activities around the world” section of this web site, register below:


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Want healthy, thriving cities? Tackle traffic safety first


As vehicle ownership grows in cities worldwide, it becomes increasingly important for cities to implement well-designed bus systems that improve road safety for all users. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ.

brt-belo-horizonte-traffic-safety-bus-systemEvery year, more than 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes worldwide, equivalent to nearly five Boeing 747 plane crashes every day. As developing economies grow and private car ownership becomes more mainstream, the number of associated crashes and fatalities will continue to rise.

The challenge of traffic safety often flies under the radar in cities, where the social and economic challenges of accommodating growing populations take precedent. Without meaningful change, however, the World Health Organization (WHO) projects that traffic crashes could become the fifth leading cause of premature death worldwide by 2030. This takes a particular toll on cities, which are already home nearly half of global traffic fatalities. City leaders must prioritize traffic safety measures to ensure that their citizens have safe, healthy, and economically prosperous cities to call home.

With urban growth comes traffic safety challenges

While there are a number of factors that contribute to traffic crashes, two of the primary challenges arerising motorization trends in cities worldwide and the issue of road equity: the most vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, are most impacted by traffic crashes. On top of that, these users, typically lower-income, don’t always have the power or capacity to create the necessary changes.

The number of privately owned cars on the road hit the one billion mark for the first time in 2010. If we continue business-as-usual, that number will reach an estimated 2.5 billion cars by 2050. All of these new cars will lead to an increase in traffic congestion in cities worldwide, increasing the probability of traffic crashes and resulting fatalities.

Despite these challenges, there is still time to adopt a different path for traffic safety by following the Avoid-Shift-Improve framework. We can avoid unnecessary trips to prevent traffic crashes and instead create compact, walkable communities with access to mass transport. We can shift trips out of cars and into high quality transit systems and active transport modes. And lastly, we can improve transport and urban design to maximize the safety of all trips by investing in people-oriented design strategiesand sustainable transport infrastructure.


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