Leipzig, Germany, May 22
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
A new partnership which will focus on the improvement of road safety data and its analysis was agreed between the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and the International Transport Forum (ITF).
FIA President Jean Todt signed the agreement together with the ITF Secretary-General José Viegas at an official ceremony at the ITF's Annual Summit of Transport Ministers in Leipzig, Germany on May 21, 2014.
The initiative aims to support the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety in its goal of significantly reducing traffic-related deaths and injuries by 2020. Around 1.3 million people die in road crashes every year and around 50 million are seriously injured. The global death toll from traffic accidents is expected to rise to 2 million annually with a further 80 million serious injuries by 2020 unless action is taken.
The co-operation will focus on improving data collection, the analysis of which underpins road safety policy decisions.
Welcoming the new partnership, FIA President Jean Todt said: "Together with the ITF we have agreed to work on the development of universal road traffic safety indicators which can be of great help to our members when addressing national road safety problems. The expertise which the ITF has acquired in the area of road safety data collection and analysis will allow us to better evaluate crash trends, improve the analysis of risk exposure and design more effective road safety policies."
"Good road safety data is critical for any road safety research, policy and crash prevention activities. The lack of road safety data globally creates a significant difficulty in assessing the specific road safety issues, evaluating the economic impact of road traffic deaths and injuries, identifying the optimum interventions and monitoring the impact of countermeasures," said ITF Secretary-General José Viegas, praising FIA's strong support and commitment.
The FIA Action for Road Safety Campaign was launched in May 2011 to support the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.