Bosch supports vehicle safety in 2014

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Bosch funding has also been enabling ‘Safe Schools’ infrastructure initiatives in East Africa
Bosch funding has also been enabling ‘Safe Schools’ infrastructure initiatives in East Africa

Bosch, the automotive technology supplier and Global Supporter of the Decade of Action, will provide $150,000 in support of Global NCAP in 2014.

A donor to the Road Safety Fund since 2011, Bosch funding has enabled a wide range of global road injury prevention activities, including ‘Safe Schools’ local infrastructure projects in East Africa, training workshops in South America and India, legislative advocacy initiatives in Eastern Europe and West Africa and the roll-out of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.

In 2014 Bosch will direct its donor support to the work of Global NCAP, which enables independent consumer ‘new car assessment’ crash test programmes in emerging markets.  Global NCAP, a UK charity, has been instrumental in launching the Latin NCAP and ASEAN NCAP and recently organised the first independent crash testing of cars sold in India.  In addition to crash testing, Global NCAP promotes dialogue on all aspects of vehicle safety, advocates for wider adoption of UN vehicle standards and reviews the potential of new ‘active safety’ vehicle technologies.

“The majority - 90% - of the world’s road traffic deaths occur in developing countries and without action, global road traffic fatalities are forecast to rise to 1.9 million annually by 2020,” Mr. Gerhard Steiger, President of Bosch Chassis Systems Control Division said. “It is vital that the work of Global NCAP is extended to the developing regions of the world.”

Saul Billingsley, Co-Chairman of the Road Safety Fund said “Bosch was one of the first companies to support the Decade of Action for Road Safety and has been a vital contributor to our work.  By devoting its support this year to the vehicle safety pillar through Global NCAP, Bosch will be making a direct and positive impact.  Improving the quality of the vehicle parc in emerging markets has the potential to be one of the fastest ways to reduce road traffic casualties.”