2/15/2013

Road Safety talks in UK and Poland: The Volvo Group shares its “Zero accidents” vision



by Volvo Group Representation EU

Further improving road safety was at the heart of discussion during the Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) talks organised by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) on 14 February in Warsaw (Poland) and one week before, on 06 February in London (UK).

“Ambition and motivation needs to be engendered to reduce the number of road deaths”, reminded Prof. Richard Allsop, ETSC board member and chairman of the PIN Programme.

Seizing the opportunity offered by these roundtable discussions, Karl Pihl - EU Regulatory Affairs Manager – presented the Volvo Group’s deep-rooted safety culture and ambitious vision on road safety: “With regards to safety, we have on a corporate Group level, embraced a vision that says that we shall have “Zero accidents with Volvo Group products”, said Karl Pihl.

He also stressed the importance of an increased level of road safety information exchange between the research community, industry, authorities and the society as a whole: “…only around 10% of accidents can be traced to the vehicle so, it is clear that as a vehicle manufacturer we cannot alone solve the problem, because our products are part of a wider context, the society, in which many factors affect the safety of both the users and the surrounding environment.” Karl Pihl added. He ended by saying: “That is why we are committed to initiatives such as ETSC’s PIN Programme, which brings theses stakeholders together and plays a very important role as it on a scientific-base strives to influence society for a safer traffic”

The Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Programme was launched in June 2006 to compare country road safety performances. It currently includes the 27 countries of the EU, as well as Israel, Norway, the Republic of Serbia and Switzerland. The Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) receives financial support from the Volvo Group and Volvo Trucks. The PIN also receives financial support from the Swedish Transport Administration, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Toyota Motor Europe.

Sonia Toro
Research and Communication Officer
+32 2 4825872
e-mail: sonia.toro@volvo.com

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