DEMOCRATISING CAR SAFETY
A Road Map for Safer Vehicles
By the end of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) at the latest Global NCAP is campaigning for all new cars to meet basic standards for both crash protection and crash avoidance. Global NCAP’s latest report sets out ten clear recommendations to meet this deadline, in a timetable that is both realistic and affordable.
If this Road Map is followed by 2020 all new cars in the world would pass the minimum UN standards for crashworthiness and crash avoidance. This would spread the advances in automotive safety technology across all countries and help achieve a world free from many avoidable and unnecessary road traffic fatalities.
Stop the Crash is a four year global partnership led by Global NCAP, alongside a group of key partners, to support the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety by promoting awareness of life saving crash avoidance technologies.
The Stop the Crash campaign highlights three key technologies and also the importance of tyre safety. The three priority technologies are:
– Electronic Stability Control
– Autonomous Emergency Braking
– Anti-Lock Brakes for Motorcycles
In 2013 Global NCAP established the SaferCarsforIndia campaign with its Delhi based partner the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE).
India ranks sixth largest in the world for the production and sale of passenger cars and could become the world’s third largest market by 2020. The export share of the country’s passenger car production has risen over the last ten years from 10% to 21% and it is emerging as an important global hub for small car production.
Each year India loses over 130,000 lives in road traffic crashes. Although now a major car producing nation, India does not yet require its vehicles to meet the United Nation’s minimum crash test standards and does not have an New Car Assessment Programme that can provide consumers with independent reports on vehicles’ crash safety.
Officially launched on 11 May 2011, the Decade of Action has the official goal of ‘stabilising and then reducing’ global road traffic fatalities by 2020.
The Global Plan for the Decade of Action is organised around the 5 pillars of the ‘Safe System’ approach.
This advisory plan, endorsed by governments, UN agencies, multilateral institutions and NGOs coming together in the UN Road Safety Collaboration, is providing inspiration and guidance for many countries and organisations working to reduce road traffic casualties.
The targets and indicators in the Plan covering areas including vehicle regulation, cycling strategies, post-crash care and road user behaviour, give focus to our collective efforts in the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.