Session 9: Integrating new technologies: a lever for improving road safety in Africa
David Ward, Secretary General, Global NCAP - Thursday 15th November
Global NCAP – A Platform for NCAP Co-operation Worldwide
Global NCAP was launched in 2011 to serve
as a platform for co-operation among NCAPs
and to provide financial & technical support
to new programmes in emerging markets.
It is a UK registered charity and its largest
sources of funding come from the FIA Foundation
and the Bloomberg Philanthropies. It works
closely with the Towards Zero Foundation,
and leads the Stop the Crash Partnership.
Global NCAP has consultative status with the
UN (ECOSOC), is a member of the UN Road Safety
Collaboration, and an observer at the UN World
Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations.
In 2016 we received the Premier Prince Michael
International Road Safety Award for outstanding
achievement in vehicle safety.
Emerging Market NCAPs
Global NCAP gives financial and technical support
to emerging NCAPs in Latin America and South
East Asia. Despite weak regulatory systems in
these regions ASEAN and Latin NCAP have seen a
rapid increase in the availability of four and five
In India we have created a ‘Safer Cars for India’
project and this has acted as a catalyst for action
by industry and Government who have mandated
crash test standards from October 2017. A ‘Safer
Cars for Africa’ project was launched in Cape Town
in November 2017.
Global NCAP is also promoting its #nozerostarcars
campaign to discourage manufacturers from
selling cars that fail to meet minimum UN crash
test standards and score zero stars in NCAP
Global NCAP’s 2020 Vision…
In 2017 from a total of 73.4 million new cars
as many as 20% fail to meet UN minimum
safety standards, lacking air bags, anti-lock
brakes, or electronic stability control (ESC).
By 2020 at the latest Global NCAP wants
all new cars to meet UN crash test
standards with air bags, ABS and ESC fitted
as standard. To support this vision we have
called for and end to zero star cars and
proposed a Road Map for Safer Vehicles
In April 2018 UN General Assembly adopted resolution
(A/Res/72/L.48) which encourages Member States (paragraph 9)
Policies and measures to implement United Nations vehicle
safety regulations or equivalent national standards to ensure
that all new motor vehicles, meet applicable minimum
regulations for occupant and other road users protection, with
seat belts, air bags and active safety systems as standard.
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General’s Report to 72nd UN
General Assembly also called on Member States to:
“Participate in NCAPs” and “support the elimination of the
production of unsafe cars and implement the United Nations
vehicle safety regulations or equivalent national standards”
UN Mandate for Safer Vehicles 2020-2030
Global Road Safety Performance Targets
The General Assembly also endorsed 12 road safety
performance targets or implementation by 2030.
Target 5: By 2030, 100% of new (defined as
produced, sold or imported) and used vehicles meet
high quality safety standards, such as the
recommended priority UN Regulations, Global
Technical Regulations, or equivalent recognized
national performance requirements.
The priority standards/indicators include:
R94 & 95 Front and Side Impact
R140 Electronic Stability Control
R14 & R16 Seat Belt Anchorages & Seat Belts
R127 Pedestrian Protection
R44/R129 Child Restraints
R78 Motorcycle braking
Operational NCAPs around the world.
Jointly with AA of South Africa, Global NCAP recommends
• Encourage Africa Governments to apply the most
important UN vehicle safety regulations and engage
with the UN World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle
• Promote consumer awareness of vehicle safety by
encouraging African Governments to require display of
star rating labels based on independent crash testing of
all new models sold in the African automotive market.
• Encourage public and private motor vehicle fleet
operators in Africa, including the UN’s own fleet
managers, to adopt Global NCAP fleet safety guidelines
which recommend the purchase of vehicles that
exceed a crash test rating minimum of four stars and
pass the most important UN vehicle regulations.
African Vehicle Safety Initiative – Key Actions:
is pleased to acknowledge support from: