Foundation partners & programmes recognised at Prince Michael’s 2016 Awards
Major initiatives supported by and involving the FIA Foundation have been recognised at the prestigious annual Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards, held in London on 13th December 2016. HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO (above with UK Road Safety Minister Andrew Jones MP and FIA Foundation Chairman Lord Robertson) hosted the awards, of which he is Patron.
The Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) received the Prince’s Premier Award for its work in independent crash testing and advocacy for car safety in major developing automotive markets including Latin America, India and ASEAN. The charity’s Chairman, Max Mosley, and Secretary General, David Ward, were presented with the award by Prince Michael at the culmination of the ceremony at the Savoy Hotel. The FIA Foundation established Global NCAP in 2009 as a separate independent charity, and has been the main donor to its work.
The OECD International Transport Forum was the recipient of the annual Decade of Action Award, for its report ‘Zero Road Deaths and Serious Injuries: Leading a Paradigm Shift in Road Safety’. In his citation, Prince Michael said the report “provides an important intellectual underpinning for the growing ‘Vision Zero’ movement in support of the Safe System. It demonstrates how adopting the approach, in countries including Sweden and the Netherlands, has resulted in a significant and sustained reduction in road death and trauma. Importantly, the report also highlights how, through practical and affordable action, the Safe System can be relevant for countries and cities at any stage of development.” The award was presented to ITF Secretary General Jose Viegas and the chairman of the report working group, Iain Cameron. The FIA Foundation was a member of the editorial expert group which wrote the report, and contributed the chapter on the safe system in cities. The Prince remarked that the ITF report “comes at a time when the world needs to change up a gear or two to accelerate efforts to reduce the unacceptable toll of death and serious injury on our roads. It is a most welcome addition to the all-important bank of knowledge available to governments and is a fine example of the leadership shown by ITF.”
The efforts of the Cambodian National Road Safety Committee to introduce a new road traffic law, approved in 2014, and to enforce its measures, including a motorcycle passenger helmet law, were also recognised with an award. The FIA Foundation has funded our partner AIP Foundation through a multi-year advocacy campaign to secure the new legislation, and subsequently in implementing an awareness raising, enforcement and helmet provision initiative in partnership with USAID and UPS Foundation. The country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Samdech Krolahom Sar Kheng, who chairs the NRSC, attended the awards together with the Cambodian Ambassador to the UK and a delegation from the NRSC and AIP Foundation.
In his speech to the Awards Luncheon, the UK’s road safety minister Andrew Jones MP, highlighted the achievement of the Cambodian Government in tackling its road safety situation, and pledged the UK Government’s support and partnership, inviting other countries to visit the UK to share expertise and experiences.