The Meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration Group took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday 17 and Friday 18. As a member organization of this group, the Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez, through its Research Coordinator, Florencia Lambrosquini, presented its study School Transport “Current Situation and Improvement Opportunities”.
The study, conducted thanks to the support provided by FedEx and Safe Kids Worldwide, describes several regulations and regulatory aspects to define a baseline in ten cities (New York, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile, Asunción, Lima, Bogotá, Sao Paulo and México DF) and it is based on a series of dimensions such as the existence of school transport regulations, regulating bodies, NGOs, and standardized forms for systematized data collection on crashes.
The process once again showed the regional difficulties to access, compare and systematize information.
Lambrosquini explained that according to information collected, a “Gold Standard” was created, a tool to “compare the different cities and provide specific information to make progress”, and also to identify areas in need of improvement.
The Research Coordinator made the following suggestions to improve School Transport: to monitor and enforce school transport regulations, to improve school surroundings and develop information systems.
At the end of her presentation Lambrosquini highlighted the importance of road safety research and knowledge "to go from theory to practice", and reinforced the idea of involving all stakeholders in society: governments, education, civil society, the private sector, and the community as a whole.
The United Nations Road Safety Collaboration Group, composed of more than 70 public and private institutions, monitors global Road Safety issues. Its aim is to prevent best practices from diluting amid public procedures.
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