Fundación MAPFRE – National Relay for Spain

Reflecting our strengthened commitment to the European Road Safety Charter

Reflecting our strengthened commitment to the European Road Safety Charter

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The European Road Safety Charter is a European Commission initiative, and the largest platform on road safety for civil society. Since it was founded in 2004, more than 3,500 public and private entities have committed themselves to the Charter, of which nearly 1,000 are Spanish. If you would like to find out more about this great platform, its objectives and the reasons to join it, download this explanatory document.

So that this initiative is more widely publicised and committed to in the 27 EU member states, the European Commission has appointed, in each of them, a National Liaison responsible for encouraging and promoting specific actions and initiatives in the field of road safety, not only by the organisations that have signed up to the Charter in their country, but also by the rest of civil society.

In Spain, our Foundation has been chosen as the National Liaison, thereby rising to the important challenge of promoting the implementation and exchange of good practices among the people and entities endorsing the Charter in our country (companies, associations, local authorities, universities and schools, etc.), and mobilising both civil society and institutions so that they adopt effective measures for improving road safety.

Fundación MAPFRE encourages you, the reader, to continue promoting and supporting actions that improve road safety. Together we can keep SAVING LIVES. For this, we need your commitment to life.

To help promote the idea that road safety is, more than a common objective, a shared responsibility of all social actors, the European Commission has once again organised the European Road Safety Excellence Awards in the framework of the European Road Safety Charter.

On 17 October, at the awards ceremony in Brussels, five projects were selected from among all the shortlisted initiatives.

  • The prize in the Young People category went to Preventiedienst stad Leuven. Through the VRKeer game, this Belgian association wants to improve children’s knowledge and practical skills in and around traffic.
  • In the Technology category, the winner was the German company Initiative für sichere Straßen GmbH, which introduced the EDDA + Hazard score map, pioneering in the use of data to improve road safety. This initiative detects potential hazards in road traffic by combining existing data.
  • In the Safe System, category Zavod Reševalni pas from Slovenia received the award for their initiative to raise awareness and knowledge about the importance of creating a “life lane” to allow emergency vehicles to pass through congested areas.
  • The Drive Safe programme of the Spanish company ACCIONA Energía was chosen as the best initiative focused on professional drivers. The company has been able to reduce traffic incidents through driver training, vehicle equipment and facility safety.
  • In addition, the Initiative für sichere Straßen GmbH from Germany was the public’s choice at the award ceremony, also receiving the Jacques Barrot Award. This special public prize has been awarded each year since 2016 to one of the winners and is dedicated to Jacques Barrot, the former European Commissioner for Transport.

Join us in celebrating everything that has been achieved to help us get closer to Goal Zero. These awards are an opportunity to exchange best practices in road safety and work together to avoid more victims on the roads.

The European Road Safety Charter is the perfect space for sharing good practices, setting challenges, overcoming them, combining our efforts… Road safety is something we all work together to achieve. One example is this network, the European Road Safety Charter.

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