Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility: Joining the Global Effort
22 MAY 2023
The 7th UN Global Road Safety Week this year focuses on promoting sustainable mobility by encouraging walking, cycling and using public transportation.
According to the World Health Organization, road traffic accidents result in the loss of over 1.3 million lives each year, and cause substantial disabilities for a significant number of people. Urgent action is necessary to address this issue. By acknowledging the importance of road safety in achieving sustainable mobility, the theme of the 7th edition aligns with the ambitious goal of reducing road traffic fatalities and injuries by 50% before 2030. Together, we can work towards creating a safer and more sustainable future.
At Scania, road safety is at the core of our operations, and through continuous innovation, we are engineering transport solutions which are centred on keeping drivers, passengers, and other road users safe while on the road. In line with the goals of the 7th UN Global Road Safety Week, we are dedicated to advocating for sustainable mobility, well-trained drivers for safer roads, safe transport solutions, and driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. By embracing these focus areas, we aim to contribute to a transport ecosystem that is safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly.
Sustainable Mobility for All
This theme underscores the significance of reconsidering our dependence on motorised transport and exploring different modes of transportation like walking and cycling. Embracing non-motorized transport not only alleviates traffic congestion and air pollution but also encourages physical activity, leading to better public health. Additionally, prioritising sustainable mobility guarantees fair access to transportation choices, benefiting people of all ages, abilities and socio-economic backgrounds. By advocating for non-motorized transport as a practical and appealing option, we can establish a transport system that is more sustainable and focused on people, with safety, efficiency and environmental awareness as top priorities.
To promote non-motorized transport as viable modes of transportation, it is essential to establish safe and well-designed infrastructure that accommodates walking and cycling. Key measures include constructing dedicated bicycle lanes, pedestrian-friendly pathways, and implementing measures to reduce the speed of traffic and promote safer road conditions. These initiatives play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of pedestrians and cyclists while fostering inclusivity and accessibility for all road users. By integrating non-motorized transport into urban planning and design, we can cultivate a sustainable mobility culture that prioritises active mobility, reducing dependence on motor vehicles and cultivating healthier and more vibrant communities.
Ensuring Safer Roads through Skilled and Trained Drivers
We recognize the vital role drivers play in ensuring safer roads, emphasising the importance of comprehensive driver training programs and continuous skill development. Well-trained drivers with the necessary knowledge and expertise are better equipped to handle challenging road conditions, anticipate and respond to potential dangers and make informed decisions that prioritise the safety of all road users. This is why we go beyond manufacturing high-quality vehicles and extend our dedication to road safety through our comprehensive Driver Training Program.
This program equips drivers with the necessary knowledge, skills and techniques to navigate the roads with care and responsibility. We provide specialised training on defensive driving, road awareness, fuel-efficient driving and advanced safety systems, empowering drivers to become capable professionals who prioritise road safety in their everyday operations. Through our Driver Training Program, we contribute to the overarching objective of the 7th UN Global Road Safety Week by emphasising the significance of skilled drivers and highlighting the essential link between driver competence and safer roads. By investing in driver training, we reaffirm our commitment to road safety, striving for a future where well-trained drivers play a leading role in creating safer transport systems worldwide.
Sustainable and Inclusive Public Transport for All
Public transport that is sustainable and inclusive for everyone is the core focus of this year's 7th UN Global Road Safety Week theme. Recognizing the crucial role of public transport in providing accessible and sustainable mobility, the emphasis is on developing transport systems that meet the needs of every individual. Sustainable public transport not only reduces carbon emissions and eases traffic congestion but also promotes fairness by offering affordable and dependable mobility choices. By giving priority to investments in public transport infrastructure and services, we can improve accessibility, enhance connectivity and ensure that no one is left behind in their pursuit of safe and efficient travel.
The Global Road Safety Week provides an opportunity to advocate for sustainable public transport policies, initiatives and innovations that benefit communities worldwide. By embracing the principles of sustainability and inclusivity in public transport, we can pave the way towards a future where safe, affordable and environmentally friendly mobility is available to everyone, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds or physical abilities.
As Scania, we acknowledge our responsibility to contribute to the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety to reduce road traffic deaths. Committed to creating a safer and greener future, we manufacture vehicles with low emissions and advanced safety features, vehicles running on alternative fuels, electrification, while also promoting driver training programs to make a positive impact. Our dedication to sustainable mobility is exemplified by vehicles like the Marcopolo bus, designed and produced with a focus on sustainable public transport. Through these collective efforts, we actively engage in the 7th UN Global Road Safety Week and the broader mission of reducing road traffic fatalities and injuries, while fostering sustainable and inclusive mobility for all. By continuing to innovate, collaborate and prioritise safety, we are committed to shaping a future where road safety and sustainable transport form the foundations of our global transport systems.