Together for Safer Roads (TSR) launched the Fleet Trucking Global Safety Standards Initiative, which will develop a set of shared fleet trucking safety standards to potentially save tens of thousands of lives over the next several decades.
“Together for Safer Roads applauds the United Nations and World Health Organization’s efforts to promote road safety and their goal to reduce road deaths and injuries by half of their current rates by 2030, and eventually reach Vision Zero, the elimination of all traffic fatalities and severe injuries,” says Peter Goldwasser, executive director of Together for Safer Roads.
- This initiative is in line with the mission to reduce road traffic deaths by 50% by 2030 (set in the UN Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2021-2030) and the commitment to ensure vehicle safety.
- It aims to establish industry standards for fundamental safety instruments and will result in a comprehensive suite of recommended standards for a broad cross-section of critical safety instruments and technologies, including telematics, automatic braking, airbags, side curtain airbags, side view mirrors and seatbelts.
- TSR also recently launched a Truck of the Future pilot program with vehicles from New York City, which identifies and tests innovative and cost-effective solutions to eliminate collisions between large vehicle operators and vulnerable road users. Later this year, this pilot will expand internationally, working with a private sector fleet in Mexico City.
“In line with these goals, TSR is launching this exciting new initiative to establish industry standards for fundamental safety instruments, which will ultimately result in a comprehensive suite of recommended standards for a broad cross-section of critical safety instruments and technologies. These will include telematics, pedestrian detection systems, automatic braking, airbags, side curtain airbags, side view mirrors, seatbelts, and others. We know from fleet trucking experts that there are no universally shared industry standards for these safety instruments. Our goal is to change that,” says Goldwasser.