The Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez proactively promotes articulation between governmental actors and reference organizations in different areas of work. We are convinced that best results are achieved when all parties concerned are involved.
The Foundation has worked since its inception to strengthen organizations of which it is a member, as well as to generate new autonomous work units to respond to a need for context. In this regard the Foundation as a founding member with other organizations in the region implemented the New Car Assessment Program for Latin America and the Caribbean (Latin NCAP), which provides consumers with independent and transparent information about security levels They are offering different models of vehicles on the market .
The Foundation has been able to share activities and provide training on Child Restraint Systems to the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, the National Road Safety Agency (ANSV) in Argentina, and other organizations such as FIA IV Region, Road Safety National Commission (CONASET), from the Ministry of Transport and Communication of Chile, Automobile Club of Chile, Government of Colombia and Automobile Club of Colombia (ACC).
Work by the Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez has been positively assessed by regional stakeholders of reference such as the current Minister of Transport of the Government of Buenos Aires and former Undersecretary of Transport, Guillermo Dietrich, who has stated that “Road Safety is a fundamental topic for Mobility policies in our city. The Fundación has become a reference for us in this topic, especially when going through the process of adapting our Code of Traffic and Transport that included new measures to improve child safety regarding the use of Child Restraint Systems.
Thanks to the collaboration of the Fundación we were able to raise our standards and conduct more training courses for child passengers to travel safer. Its work, that goes beyond borders in Latin America, is an example of how to approach road safety though multidisciplinary actions, and joint and coordinated participation”
Also, Gabriela Rosende, Executive Secretary of the Road Safety National Commission (CONASET) from Chile stated that “The Fundación has managed, like no other organization in Latin America, to include Child Road Safety issues as a priority, designing plans and programs to save lives in traffic. We would like to highlight all the international initiatives and programs created to encourage more countries to improve the safety levels of our boys and girls."
The Foundation, through research and training, helped pushing the mandatory use of Child Restraint Systems (CRS) up the public agenda.
After several years of hard work with Uruguayan National Road Safety Agency –UNASEV-, municipalities, enforcing bodies, and other agencies involved, the General Regulations Act on Road Safety, including in its text the mandatory use of CRSs by all boys, girls and adolescents traveling in all private vehicles, was passed in 2012. The Foundation kept providing technical advice to UNASEV on its implementation until its approval in 2014.
• General Regulations Act 19.061 on Road Safety and Traffic (mandatory use of Child Restraint Systems, as well as airbags and ABS in new vehicles, year 2012)
• Implementation of Act 19.061 (specifications of CRSs to be used according to child´s weight and height, and complying with international technical standards, 2014)
Another very important issue not included in the public agenda was the transportation of children by School Transport. It was in the year 2008 that the Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez in the context of the Plan EDU-CAR took on the challenge of approaching this issue from different perspectives with the following results: seats used lacked stability, had no headrests or seat belts, and there was no possibility to anchor them correctly. These findings encourage the Foundation to associate with several institutions (national and international) working on the topic to develop a feasible technical proposal, and promote a change in school transport.
Regulations for School Transport were approved in Montevideo in 2010:
Implementation of Road Safety and Traffic Act, regarding School Transport (mandatory use of 3-point, height-adjustable seat belts and CRSs for children younger than 3 y.o., 2010)
In 2002 with support from international motor sport, the Fundación Gonzalo Rodriguez conducted the first edition of the charity event WINNING ATTITUDES AWARDS (WAA) in Monza-Italy, while the last round of the Formula 3000 ( GP2 Series) was taking place. Teams and drivers were acknowledged not only for their sport performance, but also for their attitudes towards their teams, solidarity, among others. The main award was the “Gonzalo Rodriguez Special Award”, replica of a work in homage to Gonzalo by Uruguayan artist Pablo Atchugarry.
“Winning Attitudes Awards” celebrated the spirit present in races, physical performance, and team work, among the winners there were: Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Nelson Piquet jr, Bruno Senna, Karum Chandhok, Giorgio Pantano, Kazuki Nakajima and Lucas di Grassi, among others.
Some of the Formula 1 drivers that attended the event were: Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Giancarlo Fisichella, Nick Heidfeld, Justin Wilson, among others.