Road safety is a critical issue in Laos where the number of road crashes and fatalities are increasing, consequently due to the growing number of registered vehicles. Motorcycles comprise of over 80% of the growth (annually), with 87%* all road deaths being motorcycle users. Helmet-wearing is recognised as a key priority by the government.
With our support, the Lao National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) developed a National Helmet Wearing Action Plan in 2007, which has since seen the development, implementation and enforcement of national motorcycle helmet laws.
Lead agency: National Road Safety Committee
Speed limit law
Motorcycle helmet law
Child restraint law
Mobile phones while driving law
Annual road fatalities
Fatalities per 100K pop. per year
Estimated GDP loss