The head of the International Transport Forum is welcoming plans to halve the number of people killed on the world’s roads, but says it’s an “ambitious target for road safety”.
Secretary General José Viegas has reacted to last month’s vow from world leaders at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York to halve the number of road deaths by 2020.
The target of a 50% reduction in road deaths is much more ambitious than the previous international commitment: The UN “Decade of Action for Road Safety”, running from 2011 to 2020, set as its aim to first halt the rise in the number of road deaths and then begin to reduce them by 2020.
The ITF says that achieving the new benchmark, codified as part of Sustainable Development Goal (or SDG) number 3.6, will require “a drastic acceleration in the implementation of highly effective road safety policies, being a particular challenge for low and middle income countries which face rapid motorisation and where 90 per cent of road fatalities occur”.
“Benchmarks for reducing the death toll on our roads should be set at all levels – global, national and local,” Mr Viegas added.
“The new UN target is the most ambitious to date. The global community will have to draw on all the available expertise, resources and initiatives to move towards halving global road deaths as soon as possible”, he continued. “The ITF will do its best to share knowledge about good road safety policies and help to implement them.”