Today's United Nations road safety resolution sets a huge moral challenge for the auto industry. #nozerostarcars Stop the Crash

Posted by Global NCAP on Saturday, 16 April 2016

During the recent United Nations General Assembly on April 15, 2016, the principal organ of the United Nations announced that it will adopt a resolution to cement its commitment to improving global road safety made by UN member states.

The new resolution is in line with the targets set by the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and also the Global Plan of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020), by providing an integrated and holistic framework for road injury prevention.

Operative clause number nine (OP 9.) from the resolution states:

Invites Member States that have not already done so to consider adopting policies and measures to implement United Nations vehicle safety regulations or equivalent national standards to ensure that all new motor vehicles, meet applicable minimum regulations for occupant and other road users protection, with seat belts, air bags and active safety systems fitted as standard;

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Built upon the ‘Brasilia Declaration’ passed by the second Global High Level Conference on Road Safety held in November 2015, the resolution endorses the standard fitment of active safety systems which are integral in the Stop the Crash Partnership. These systems are aimed at preventing a crash from happening at all rather than protecting people during a crash.

Three main active safety systems are focal points here – electronic stability control (ESC), autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and anti-lock braking system (ABS) for motorcycles. The ‘Stop the Crash Partnership’ is led by Global NCAP, and includes the ADAC, Autoliv, Bosch, Consumers International, Continental, Denso, Thatcham, ZF-TRW, and the Toward Zero Foundation.

The UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) is marked by more than 100 countries, including Malaysia. While some countries have finalised their Decade plans, Malaysia are currently in the midst of finalising theirs. Recently, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Malaysia chairman and ASEAN NCAP secretary-general Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim stated that by 2020, national automakers Proton and Perodua are expected to adopt autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping active safety systems as standard.