One of the SaferAfrica Capacity Reviews was carried out in Tunisia in 2017-2018 and the dedicated Report clearly illustrate the Tunisian political context, demographic and economic considerations, with a special focus on Road safety education, information and awareness in the country.
According to the Report elaborated by Tom Parry, children in Sub-Saharan Africa daily risk to die more because of a road crash than because of malaria or HIV.
According to the WHO data, the road traffic injuries in Africa they have suffered a deterioration: from 24.1 fatalities per 100,000 populations in 2010 to 26.6 fatalities per 100,000 in 2013.
The section “International Road Federation news” within the World Highways (issue n.5 June 2018) contained a deepening about the SaferAfrica activities in the field of Data Collection in Africa.
SaferAfrica is driving policies aimed at improving road safety and for this reason is now considered as a “success story” in the field of the projects funded under the framework programme Horizon 2020.
A new SaferAfrica Newsletter has been published and made available on line. Special focus on the newly born African Road Safety Observatory.
With more than hundred high-profile African stakeholders already engaged, covering the totality of African countries and the commitment of thirteen representatives from prominent international organizations, the African Road Safety Observatory is now online at www.africanroadsafetyobservatory.org.
The Project AVIS (Assessment of Vehicle Inspection Systems) is based on the collaboration between the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) at the World Bank and the Comité International d’Inspection des véhicules Automobiles (CITA) that work together in order to upgrade the vehicle technical inspection system.
On 3-4 July 2018, Amend organized a strategic workshop for their safe school area work in 10 African countries. NGO leaders from Benin, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia attended the workshop. Furthermore, the Workshop has been developed and facilitated by YOURS.
IRU, during an event to raise awareness of road safety through film, highlighted the importance of the human cost of traffic accidents, and it spoke about the necessary steps to end the tragic loss of life and injury.
Last week, more than 20 countries participated to the “Global Week of Action”, launched by the Child Health Initiative and coordinated by the Global Alliance of Road Safety NGOs, combining road safety issues with the environmental ones. The main objective of the initiative is to reclaim the right to use safe and healthy streets.
Last year, it was launched #SaferCarsforAfrica, the first independent crash test assessment carried out by Global NCAP and the AA. The main analysis focus was on the crashworthiness of new vehicles.
Every day, 3,500 people die in road traffic crashes worldwide, including 500 children. In this context, FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) on 10 March 2017 they launched #3500LIVES - the first global road safety campaign – with the aim to tackle this challenge.
Due to over 650 deaths daily registered on African roads and enormous related human costs, Road Safety stands as a crucial development issue for the entire continent. With a view to improving the status, a Dialogue Platform between Africa and Europe on road safety management, has been started under the Horizon 2020 funded project SaferAfrica.
The FIA Foundation has pledged a donation of USD$10 million to kick start a new United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund. This initiative has been launched by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.
On 27th of April, the SaferAfrica Dialogue Platform will officially kick off, during a dedicated workshop which will take place in Athens, hosted by the SaferAfrica partner NTUA. The SaferAfrica Dialogue Platform Management Board together with relevant African stakeholders will take part in the event.
Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, recently started to develop its road network with a series of projects underway.
On 20 February 2018, the European Commission has published the “Safer roads for all: the EU good practices Guide”. The guide has been realized by the DG Mobility and Transport and it represents an attempt to review all the European activities in the field of road safety. Furthermore, the Guide quotes SaferAfrica as one of the most important EU-funded projects in the field of Road Safety.
On 21 March 2018, the European Commission announced the winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 and 6th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) during a ceremony in Brussels (Belgium).
From 12-16 March 2018, Nairobi (Kenya) hosted the first Alliance Advocates regional programme for the African region. The event was mainly a training dedicated to more than 20 NGO leaders from across Africa
SafeMotos is transforming public transport in Kigali by providing quality training and fair wages to drivers and safer rides for customers.
The European Commission recently revealed the finalists of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Award and the Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP).
On 24th of February, the project “Road Safety School Sikasso”, led by the association “Les Amis de la Route”, kicked off. The project aims to train 1000 students on road safety.
Two weeks ago, Kuala Lumpur hosted the 9th World Urban Forum, representing an occasion to discuss the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, the 2030 policy map for the world’s cities agreed at Habitat III.
Recently, researchers and manufactures are trying to connect cars with their driver’s emotions, believing that a car that understands feelings could make driving safer.
SAFER (Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers) is working on a new project, “Realism for AD” in which tools for simulation of autonomous vehicles will be developed. In this field, one of the main problems in relation to autonomous vehicles is the availability of real-life driving data and testing of the new functions.
The Research Report “Alcohol-Related Road Casualties in Official Crash Statistics” has been realized by the International Transport Forum (ITF) and it examines how improving insights regarding the real number of alcohol-related road casualties worldwide can help to save lives.
VeSafe is the one-stop shop for vehicle safety and it is an e-guide commissioned by the European Commission
A new SaferAfrica Newsletter has been published and made available online.
Nowadays, road collisions remain one of the highest external causes of death for young people. Thus, young drivers and riders aged 15-25 are more likely to be killed on Europe’s roads than their older counterparts. In this context, the YEARS Project realizes a policy report about this topic.
On 26-28 October 2017, the third edition of the African Road Safety Forum (FASeR) was held in Ouagadougou. Several industry experts gathered for two days at Sopatel Silmandé Hotel to discuss safety issues and the growing rate of traffic related deaths each year.
Organised by the International Road Federation (IRF Geneva) the day before the official opening of the 18th edition of the IRF World Meeting, a Transport Ministers Forum was held in Delhi, India on 13th November 2017.
The European Commission has recently realized a report containing an overview on the Road Safety in Europe during the 2016.
The “Benchmarking de la seguridad vial en Amèrica Latina” is a report that describes and compares the management and performance of road safety in ten Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The SafetyCube - European Road Safety Decision Support System (DSS) was officially launched on 5 October 2017. SafetyCube is a collaborative research project with 17 partner institutions, funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
On 23-24 October 2017, Cape Town hosted the Africa Road Safety 2017 Conference. During the Conference, Stergios Mavromatis and George Yannis, as representatives of NTUA have presented the SaferAfrica Project.
IRTAD (International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group) has realized the Road Safety Annual Report 2017 aimed to provide an overview of road safety performance for 2015 in 40 countries.
The African Forum for Road Safety - FASeR is a high-level international event aiming at promoting experience sharing and bringing out appropriate reactions to the issues of accidents in Africa. The event will also host the SaferAfrica Project
On the 24th August 2017 in New York, the Secretary General of the United Nations presented to the General Assembly the Report on road safety: the SaferAfrica Project is mentioned within the “Road Safety Management” section
FIA (Federation Internationale de l’automobile) is launching the initiative #PARKYOURPHONE aiming to combat the use of smartphones in traffic.
On 11 October 2017, within the 6th IRTAD Conference “Better Road Safety Data for Better Safety Outcomes” it will be presented the SaferAfrica Workshop, organised in the framework of the EC-funded project SaferAfrica.
The aim of Project Edward is to realize a day without road fatalities in Europe. The project is an initiative created by TISPOL in 2016.
On 30th August, SWOV (Institute for Road Safety Research) hosted the workshop about Road Safety Management Capacity Review (RSMCR), as a part of Work Package 5 (WP5) of the SaferAfrica project.
On 7 and 8 of September 2017, the National Road Safety Centre of Benin hosted a regional meeting of experts on road safety in the Abidjan-Lagos corridor organized by OCAL
The European Mobility Week will start on 16-22 September 2017. Since 2002, this campaign tries to improve public health, quality of life and to influence mobility and transport issues.
The Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers (SAFER) has recently launched its new website, aimed to communicate SAFER research findings worldwide
SaferAfrica Newsletter is the official, semi–annual newsletter from the Horizon 2020 SaferAfrica Project.
The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD, has recently created a new tool aimed to compare transport trends across countries.
The #4RoadSafety Manifesto has been launched in May by The Global Network for Road Safety Legislators in London, as part of the 2017 UN Global Road Safety Week.
On March 29-30, 2017, SaferAfrica organised successfully a Meeting in Nairobi.
SaferAfrica officially started in October 2016 and will last for thirty-six months. Kick-off meeting took place in Rome hosted by Italian University “La Sapienza”, as project coordinator.