The 5th United Nations Global Road Safety Week is less than a week away and it gives us a renewed opportunity to Save Lives and #SpeakUp; and be leaders for safe and healthy mobility.
1.35 million people die on the world’s roads each year and many more suffer serious injury. It’s a growing epidemic. Road traffic injuries are the leading killer of children and young adults aged 5-29 years.
Many of the world’s road deaths involve a vehicle being driven for work; and vehicles driven for work also cause extensive pollution.
This year’s United Nations Global Road Safety Week is focusing on the importance of strong leadership for road safety. Leadership of fleet safety and sustainability needs to be driven by committed and knowledgeable organisations and their bosses, ensuring their operations are undertaken to defined procedures that prioritise safety and sustainability. It also needs to be driven by governments; ensuring there are fundamental regulations in place to manage occupational road risk, for example through restrictions on maximum driving hours of lorry and bus drivers, and funding for enforcement of vehicle standards. Leadership can also be driven by employees who drive; speaking up and being heard on safety issues. We can all lead to stop carnage on our roads from vehicles being driven for work purposes.
Learn about the importance of effective leadership by signing up for the Global Fleet Champions leadership webinar which is taking place during the week.