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Global Road Safety Commitment

The purpose of the Global Road Safety Commitment is to help organizations develop a systematic approach to managing the key risks arising from road transport thereby contributing to successful road safety outcomes.

An organization may have more or less direct influence over some aspects of road safety than others. An organization that is signing the Global Road Safety Commitment is going to be working towards zero death and injury as a result of its operations, and so will want to understand the components of the overall risk it faces in any location, and put in place controls that bring the risk back to an acceptable level.

The Global Road Safety Commitment may be signed by any organization that is committing to this systematic approach. Recognition of this commitment may be made by registering through the Global Road Safety Commitment section of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration website. The Global Road Safety Commitment may be used freely.

The Global Road Safety Commitment is a document that has been authored by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration “Work Related Road Safety Working Group”. In creating the document, we have drawn on the contributions made by many governments, businesses and NGO’s to the “Plan for the United Nations Decade of Action”, and to the draft work of the International Organization for Standardization “ISO 39001 - Road Traffic Safety (RTS) management systems – requirements with guidance for use”. We acknowledge these contributions with thanks.

Signing-up or use of the Global Road Safety Commitment by an organization shall not be considered an endorsement of that organization or its activities either express or implied.

There are many advantages in signing a ‘Global Road Safety Commitment’. Road traffic crashes and injuries are preventable if decisive action is taken. By making a commitment an organization can positively influence one or more of the ‘Five Pillars’ outlined in the ‘Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety’, that form the backbone to an integrated approach to road safety:

 

  1. Road Safety Management – Strategy, plans and targets, implementation, monitoring and measurement
  2. Safer Roads and Mobility – Infrastructure assessment and improvement, planning, design, construction and operation of roads, journey planning
  3. Safer Vehicles – Safety devices, integrity of vehicles, safety specifications
  4. Safer Road Users – Improved safety behaviour, enforcement of regulations, increased road user awareness and understanding
  5. Post-Crash Response – Increased responsiveness and emergency treatment, victim rehabilitation

 

An organization making a commitment can positively contribute to a reduction in road traffic crashes and injuries on our roads in the following ways:

  • A reduction in the number of road traffic crashes
  • A reduction in loss time due to injuries
  • A reduction in the cost of material damage to the environment and vehicles
  • A reduction in environmental impact through road traffic activities
  • An increased sense of responsibility and commitment through training
  • Enhanced corporate social responsibility

As, according to the European Union, 60% of work related fatalities are the result of road traffic crashes, drastically reducing this number is a major concern for employers and employees in every organization.

 

1. Complete and sign these two documents (Commitment Form & Organisation Details) :

Commitment Form
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English Arabic Chinese French Russian Spanish
 
Organisation Details
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2. Email, fax or mail the documents to:

  • E-mail: grsp@ifrc.org
  • Fax: +41 22 733 03 95
  • Global Road Safety Partnership
    17 Chemin des Crêts
    CH-1211, Geneva 19
    Switzerland

 

Resources for the Global Road Safety Commitment will be developed as the initiative progresses. At the outset, resources are available via the European Road Safety Charter, which has built on its experience and that of signatories to the ‘charter’, with useful case studies, which are freely available. We are grateful to and thank the ERSC team for access to this rich resource.

Please visit www.erscharter.eu/resources for more information.

1. What is the Global Road Safety Commitment?

The purpose of this commitment is to help organizations develop a systematic approach to managing the key risks arising from road transport thereby contributing to successful road safety outcomes.

2. Why was the Commitment developed?

To facilitate organizational involvement and direct action in the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020.

3. What is the cost and impact of road crash injuries?

Globally, 1.24 million people are killed on our roads each year and a further 50 million people are injured in road crashes. Global losses resulting from road crash injuries are estimated to be US$518 billion annually and costs governments between 1% and 3% of their gross national product.

4. Why is organizational road safety important?

Organizations can make a significant impact in reducing road deaths and injuries, for instance in addressing work related driving, which is estimated to account for upwards of 25% of road deaths.

5. Who can sign a road safety commitment?

The top management of any business, public authority or civil society organization can sign a commitment and register it with the Global Road Safety Partnership on behalf of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration.

6. What will my commitment achieve?

For the organization positive action to improve road safety could lead to fewer injuries and losses as the result of road crashes, resulting in improved business performance. At the societal level it could contribute towards the vision of zero road fatalities and serious injuries within the community in which the organization operates, resulting in improved quality of life.

7. How do I make a commitment?

Select the “How to Register” tab above, complete the information sheet, fill-in the Global Road Safety Commitment form, sign it and forward both documents by either e-mail, fax or post using the contact details provided.

8. Can an organization sign if it can only contribute to one of the ‘five pillars’?

Yes, an organization can sign a commitment if it can contribute to one or more of the five pillars, it is not necessary to be able to contribute to all five pillars

9. Can an organization sign if it is only indirectly involved in committing towards reducing road deaths and injuries?

Yes, as indirect involvement includes advocacy and lobbying activities contributing to the reduction of road crash deaths and injuries.

10. Can an organization sign if it is currently only involved in road safety in a very small way?

Yes. The purpose of signing a commitment is for the organization to acknowledge that a reduction in road crash deaths and injuries is important to them and that they will take positive action to directly or indirectly improve road safety.