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The Traffic Safety Column

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  • During the Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, I had the honor of opening the SAFER dinner side event – Borderless Research to Save Lives - Addressing road safety through collaboration. It was all about collaboration. Triple-helix, multi-stakeholder, collaboration.

  • Stockholm, February 2020. Transport ministers and leaders from industry, academia and civil society now gather in Sweden to discuss the state of global road safety and set out a new agenda for 2030.

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    01/10/2020

    Achieving global goals 

    In February 2020 transport ministers and leaders from industry, academia and civil society will gather in Sweden to discuss the state of global road safety and set out a new agenda for 2030.

  • With its global presence, the Volvo Group is playing an active role in increasing traffic safety worldwide. At the same time, reaching the global goals also requires collaboration and international exchange.

  • Safety is one of the core values of Volvo. It can be traced back to the founders of Volvo, who said, “Since vehicles are driven by people, the basic principle behind all design work is and always must be safety”. I believe Volvo Group has nurtured and developed this important heritage very well over the decades, and pioneered many important safety innovations as a result.

  • It is disheartening to consider how far we are from cutting the rise in road fatalities, as revealed by the most recent WHO status report on road safety, despite being quite aware of the tools at our disposal, as demonstrated by the relative success of countries like Sweden, Norway, the UK, and the Netherlands. Is the lack of progress due to a lack of funds, vehicle safety standards, enforcement, political commitment, or something else – and is the present situation of stagnation inescapable?

  • So 2019 - New Year, new possibilities. I am indeed looking forward to getting into all the things that I have planned for this year, and with some trepidation to all things that will pop up which I did not plan for – although, they tend to be the ones that end up having the most impact and giving me the most energy back. On the international level, I am sure we will hear a lot about road safety concerns this year, as we are getting close to the end of the UN decade of action for road safety, which put down an ambitious goal to halve global road fatalities between 2010 and 2020. We will, I fear, fall far short of this target, and will have to face the stark truth that fatalities are still rising.

  • London has made eliminating road accidents a top priority.

  • Automated driving holds promise of a revolutionary new way of providing transport and mobility.

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