Interim Mayor of Mexico City commits to road safety accountability
The Interim Mayor of Mexico City, José Antonio Amieva, signed the FIA Foundation’s Every Life Declaration and committed to road safety accountability in response to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy’s (ITDP) call for the city to strengthen data systems on road safety.
At a series of events with the FIA Foundation, and its partner ITDP, met with the Mayor, General Director of the Urban Management Agency and city administrators to discuss measures to improve road safety in Mexico City. Policy recommendations were presented as a part of ITDP’s ‘Strengthening Mexico’s Road Safety Leadership’ project currently being implemented with support from the FIA Foundation. The project comes at a critical point when Mexico City has committed to implementing Vision Zero policies. The project focuses on two priorities, improving school-zone road safety and data collection and monitoring of Vision Zero policies.
ITDP has been working to support the implementation of Vision Zero in Mexico City with the Mobility Ministry (SEMOVI), Laboratory for the City (LabCDMX), insurance company AXA, and civil society organizations through research and school road safety programmes. In Mexico City, on average, there are 12,527 road crashes causing more than two deaths every day.
The city has committed to take action with the ambitious adoption of Vision Zero, the traffic safety project that aims to achieve road systems with no fatalities or serious injuries. ITDP’s research on the city’s data systems found that coordination was lacking among public sector agencies and the use of data - fundamental to determine, monitor and fulfill the Visons Zero goals. ITDP’s research identifies several gaps that inhibit road safety action, including fragmented information collection and registration, lack of interinstitutional coordination for the analysis of information, and insufficient information-based evaluation and accountability.
To address these challenges, the Strategy of Open Road Safety Data (Estrategia de Datos Abiertos de Seguridad Vial, EDASVI in Spanish) was created by LabCDMX and SEMOVI with the support of ITDP and the FIA Foundation. The goal of the EDASVI is to improve the quality and reliability of the data related to road safety in Mexico City through the creation of the System of Information and Monitoring of Road Safety (SIMR). The need of a system is also explicitly identified in the Integral Program of Road Safety 2016-2018, which is the action plan of the city government infused with the principles of Vision Zero. The SIMR would contribute to systematic information collection and the registration of road traffic injuries and fatalities, to foster coordination among government agencies, promote evidence-based evaluation, and give local authorities the means to be accountable to their Vision Zero commitments. It would form tow platforms: a management platform for data from different institutions and a Vision Zero platform, open to citizen consultation, summarizing up-to-date data on road traffic crashes.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Jaime Slomianski, representing the Urban Management Agency, recognized the importance of working together with other government agencies towards the creation of the SIRM, including public security forces, rescue services, public and private health institutions, and insurance companies. Likewise, the Interim Mayor addressed the heads of the agencies, urging them to work together towards the implementation of the SIMR.
Highlighting the importance of SIMR, Gonzalo Peón from ITDP said: “Currently, the lack of an integrated system of information significantly hampers the proper coordination of public agencies in charge of road safety in the city. The generation of reliable data that could help communicate, justify and evaluate goals and actions of the Comprehensive Plan of Road Safety (PISVI in Spanish), and be accountable to citizens. We are confident that the SIMR will be a central tool for the strengthening and continuity of Vision Zero in Mexico City, since what is measured can be improved.”