Home Menu Search

New Report reveals less than half of countries apply minimum UN safety standards

4 November 2015

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling on governments around the world to apply the UN’s most important vehicle safety regulations.

In its 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety the WHO reveals “worrying data showing that less than half of countries implement minimum standards” and warns that “Governments have a responsibility to take the steps needed to ensure their citizens have access to safe vehicles”.

Using seven priority vehicle safety standards recommended by Global NCAP, the WHO has carried out a unique survey on how they are currently being applied by governments around the world. The seven standards are from the UN’s World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations and cover seat belts, seat belt anchorages, front and side impact, electronic stability control, pedestrian protection and child seats. The results show that they are being fully applied by only 40 out of a total of 193 UN Member States and overwhelmingly by high-income countries.

The Report argues that “there is an urgent need for these minimum vehicle standards to be implemented by every country”. The WHO is worried that “these standards are notably absent in many of the large middle income countries that are major car manufacturers” now responsible for almost 50% of world passenger car production which reached a record level of 67 million units last year.

For further information please click here.

 

Related news, events and information

Global NCAP report published

26 October 2016 – A new report commissioned by Global NCAP and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) reveals that 40,000...

Millions of new cars worldwide fail UN safety standards

10 March 2015 – Global NCAP calls on motor manufacturers to democratize safety for all cars worldwide by 2020 . Millions of...

Bloomberg Philanthropies: new report concerning road safety in Latin America

12 June 2019 – A new report commissioned by Bloomberg Philanthropies reveals that more than 25,000 Latin American lives could...

Call for worldwide safety standards

14 April 2015 – UNECE and Global NCAP call on motor manufacturers to democratize safety for all cars worldwide by 2020. Tens...

Trust but Verify

16 May 2018 – In a speech by David Ward, Secretary General of the Global New Car Assessment Programme at the FT Future of the...

Standard global vehicle safety regulations come closer

12 September 2017 – Many countries around the world currently apply no UN vehicle regulations, often resulting in the absence of...

Stop the Crash comes to Crete.

1 April 2019 – The Towards Zero Foundation, cohosts of the High-Level Symposium at the meeting of the Global Alliance of NGOs...

Thatcham 'Stop the Crash' goes global

7 May 2014 – Crash-test experts from around the world met at the Global NCAP Forum in Melbourne to mark the third...

Crashing cars to save lives.

19 October 2018 – Story from Global NCAP. Crashing Cars to Save Lives. Dramatic Car-to-Car Crash Tests Marks 20th Anniversary...