Foundation supports FIA & International Transport Forum data initiative

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A new partnership which will focus on the improvement of road safety data and its analysis has been agreed between the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the International Transport Forum (ITF), with donor support from the FIA Foundation.

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 21 May.

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 co-operation will focus on improving data collection, the analysis of which underpins road safety policy decisions. Among other road safety activities, the ITF, through its International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD), has worked since 2008 to organise twinnings between interested countries to improve the collection and analysis of road safety data. The twinnings have brought together countries such as Argentina/Spain, Cambodia/Netherlands and Jamaica/UK. The successful twinning between Spain and Argentina spawned the IberoAmerican Road Safety Observatory (OISEVI), a regional road safety collaboration that brings together 22 countries. The ITF also publishes the IRTAD Road Safety Annual Report, a performance review, and manages the IRTAD road safety database, with data from 32 countries. 

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”.

ITF Secretary-General José Viegas said: “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.”

The collaboration is funded through a grant from the FIA Foundation. It forms part of a ‘Global Road Safety Programme’ managed by the FIA, with a grant from the FIA Foundation, which supports road safety advocacy and project activities by FIA member automobile clubs in countries around the world. Since 2011 more than 90 activities by FIA member clubs in 50 countries have been funded through this grant. Building support for ‘better roads and transport’ within the UN’s MY World survey on post-2015 priorities is a major theme for advocacy this year. Partnerships with national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to build awareness on post-crash care will also be funded through the grant programme, following the recent signing of an MOU between the FIA and the International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent (IFRC).