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European FIA Clubs Prepare for Decade of Road Safety Action


Publication date: 28 April 2010


The FIA European Bureau presented in this year’s Eurocouncil meeting the European clubs’ priorities in the area of road safety for the coming decade. Road safety experts from European FIA clubs together with the FIA European Bureau have worked throughout the last year to refine the Eurocouncil’s vision on future road safety action. Intensive discussions via the working groups and two dedicated workshops have led to a thorough, strategic, forward-looking and detailed vision of what FIA Clubs in Europe see as the priorities for action and how these actions can be practically implemented in the coming decade.

The resulting FIA Eurocouncil Roadmap to Road Safety 2020 comes at a key moment of global and European road safety public policy making.

The European Commission is currently preparing the next European Union’s Road Safety Action Programme. This programme will set overall guidelines for actions in the field of road safety from 2011 until 2020. It will cover a wide range of road safety relevant aspects and in particular address new challenges to road safety management arising from the Union’s past and future enlargements and the increasing traffic on Europe’s roads.

Moreover, FIA clubs recently took part in the first ever Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow. The clubs’ unequivocal call for action led on 2nd March last to the United Nations Resolution proclaiming 2011-2020 a Decade of Action for Road Safety.

“In representing the interests of European consumers the European Clubs have defined a roadmap with objectives and strategies for the decade to come” explained Olivier Lenz, Director of Mobility at the FIA European Bureau. He strongly insisted on the importance of ambitious objectives at European level and referred to the meeting Eurocouncil Chairman Werner Kraus had on 17th March about this issue with European Commission Vice President and Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas.

In his presentation he showed that high level commitments towards road safety made over the past decade at both international and national level have paid off. In eight years, Europe has reduced its fatalities by more than a quarter and its injuries by around a tenth, this while the European Union has had two significant enlargements and overall traffic by road has increased by a quarter.

He insisted that FIA Clubs in Europe are key players in road safety, using their expertise in the areas of road user behaviour, vehicles and infrastructure. He explained how clubs have demonstrated for many years that road safety improvements can be induced, even in the absence of legislation, by setting clear objectives and through benchmarking, instilling competition in the field of road safety and so stimulating meaningful results. While FIA clubs have already since many years forged strong bonds with authorities and personalities at the highest political level, the new roadmap will further support them in their advocacy efforts both at national and international level.

 

An electronic version is available on the FIA European Bureau’s website . Hard copies can be obtained by contacting Olivier Lenz (o.lenz @ fiabrussels.com).


 
 
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