FIA Foundation partners honoured at road safety awards
A total of five international partners of the FIA Foundation have been honoured for their work in road safety at this year’s Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London including Fire Aid which was presented with the Premier Award.
Fire Aid, which receives its core funding from the FIA Foundation, is an association of UK organisations delivering firefighting and rescue equipment and training in road crash response, fire safety and many other disciplines to middle- and low-income countries and is a collaboration with EASST. Road traffic collisions (RTC) in many countries are fatal because emergency services lack adequate equipment and have limited rescue and trauma training. Fire Aid identifies surplus RTC equipment in the UK and matched it with needs in these countries, providing support and peer-to-peer training.
ASEAN NCAP, hosted by the Malaysian Institutes for Road Safety (MIROS), was recognised for its work to build a safer vehicle market in Malaysia and the region as a whole. Significantly, from March 2020 all manufacturers in Malaysia will be required by the government to display an ASEAN NCAP safety rating label for all passenger cars.
AIP Foundation, a long-term Foundation partner, was commended for work with the UPS Foundation ‘Safely Delivered’ Campaign, to promote motorcycle helmet use among primary school students and reducing distracted driving among young and inexperienced drivers across Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The Belarusian Auto Moto Touring Club (BKA), FIA Foundation member and previous recipient of the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme which receives funding in turn from the FIA Foundation, was commended for its work supporting road safety education for children with disabilities and special educational needs.
Saul Billingsley, FIA Foundation Executive Director, said: “It is a testament to the commitment and expertise of our partners that so many have been honoured in this year’s annual Road Safety Awards. As we approach the end of the Decade of Action on Road Safety it is important to celebrate the successes and take this moment to call for political action to take these proven interventions and apply them universally to end the 1.35 million annual death toll on the world’s roads.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) was presented by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent with the Decade of Action Award and accepted by Dr Etienne Krug, Director of the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, and Dr Margie Peden, formerly of WHO and now Head of the Global Injury Programme at the George Insititute and author of the Child Health Initiative Toolkit.The award recognises significant effort in advancing the international road safety agenda during the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. WHO’s work to improve data and accurately portray the full scale of the death toll on the world’s roads through its Global Status Reports, as well as its work developing the Global Plan of Action for the Decade of Action, alongside technical support and global advocacy.