The Global Road Safety Initiative seeks to address the health and development impact of dangerous roads, with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries: although these countries account for less than one-half of the world’s vehicles, they suffer close to 90% of road-related fatalities, a percentage that is rising in line with motorization rates.
The initiative has commenced with a pilot project to establish a Road Safety Partnership for India (RSPI), the findings from which will serve as a blueprint and checklist for guiding policy, action and road safety partnership development in other developing or emerging countries, which face comparable challenges to India. Eventually this could be extended to cooperation at a global level.
The RSPI aims to improve road safety by facilitating cooperation between key health and mobility stakeholders (public, private and civil society), while also building engagement across industry sectors. The RSPI will build a collaborative platform, which can strengthen existing initiatives, identify and exploit potential synergies between them, and implement new initiatives with a significant potential to improve road safety. It also aims to raise domestic awareness of the road safety challenge.
The RSPI will:
- Give visibility to road safety and encourage road users to behave more responsibly
- Deliver recommendations for influencing policy at the national, regional and local level, including by strengthening the quality and consistency of data collected and shared
- Engage private-sector companies from the health, mobility and other sectors (including the automotive industry), while also contacting other organizations with an interest in road safety.
The project has the endorsement of the Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and is a joint venture in collaboration with the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).