Draft Final Declaration

Draft Final Declaration

FINAL DECLARATION VI International Congress Road Safety for the Safety of Life

29-30 September, St. Petersburg

The participants of the VI International Congress Road Safety for the Safety of Life, representing public authorities and local governance agencies, international transport organizations and other associations focusing on road safety and safe traffic, business community, educational and healthcare institutions, grass-root movements, research and expert task forces, transport and road-construction operators, professional associations, and the media from across the Commonwealth of Independent States (further – the CIS),

stating the need to strengthen multi-faceted cooperation and to continue discussion of relevant issues in the field of road safety and safe traffic,

confirming the authority and importance of the UN General Assembly resolutions on the improvement of road safety and the declarations following the First (Moscow, 2009) and the Second (Brasilia, 2015) High-Level Conferences on Road Safety,

recognizing the contribution of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly (IPA CIS) in the development of common legal norms and regulatory standards in the field of road safety,

expressing opinion on the need to continue the implementation of the recommendations set out in the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and taking note of the Goals contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,

noting the Congresses on Road Safety for the Safety of Life hosted as meaningful international events aimed at reducing injury rates after road accidents in the CIS region,

stressing continuity as related to final declarations of the preceding international congresses Road Safety for the Safety of Life,

noting further the importance of using the capacities of civil society institutions in organizing events related to road safety,

stressing the need for soonest improvement of road safety legal framework,

recognizing the need to extend cooperation of authorities, society and professional associations in building road and transport policies and the mechanisms of road safety, as well as propose specific implementation measures with active involvement of civil society institutions,

further supporting balanced and consistent measures to educate road users while at the same taking legislative and administrative action,

striving for laying within the society a solid foundation for standards of smart, responsible and friendly behaviors on the road,

see it appropriate to:

call on CIS parliaments and governments to continue working to improve national laws with a view to ensure alignment of interests of all road users, enhance regulations in driver training, use of vehicles, construction and operation of elements of road and transport infrastructure;

monitor national laws and law-enforcement practices of the CIS member nations related to road safety initiatives;

recommend IPA CIS to continue efforts to improve road safety laws through the development of the model law Medical Perspective of Road Safety and a model law defining common basics and principles of involving citizens and civic associations in ensuring civil defense including as related to road safety;

develop mechanisms of defining road safety improvement targets for administrative and territorial units of the CIS member nations and the procedure of following-up their implementation;

raise the quality of continued collection of data on road accidents, monitoring of mortality, morbidity and disability rates in accordance with international standards and definitions;

ensure representation of CIS experts in international organizations on road safety;

introduce location and information technologies to control the status of road and transport domain, coordinate actions to respond to emergencies and their consequences, simulate and forecast development of traffic patterns, and provide support for physical impaired persons;

facilitate broad involvement of civil society institutions in educating road users about the basics of safe behavior on the road, prevention of road injury, and first aid skills;

continue working on new forms of civil society involvement in implementing public policies on road safety;

examine and implement good international practices related to cooperation of public authorities and civil society institutions and improvement of road safety;

support development of "civic watch" tools aimed at finding and maximum public disclosure of facts of dangerous (aggressive) driving;

revitalize public boards at territorial police authorities with a view to follow-up on regional and municipal programs and actions dedicated to road safety and to pedestrian safety, in particular;

take action to improve quality of training drivers of various types of vehicles including physically impaired drivers, develop and adopt guiding recommendations, programs, resource and methodology reference books, education resources (including digital) for teaching how to drive various types of vehicles;

improve professional training and upgrade of drivers engaged in passenger and cargo transportation business services; develop additional measures to ensure safety of passenger and cargo transportation, ensure compliance with schedules of work and off hours by drivers working in cargo business;

take action to build the institution of "civic watch" for cargo and road-construction operations;

introduce licensing of passenger and baggage transportation provided by legal entities and private entrepreneurs based on customer orders or as part of internal operations, including school-bus operators;

involve civil associations in tracking quality of road construction, developing awareness campaigns and social advertising;

mainstream initiatives of cycling communities to improve road safety of cyclists;

take steps further to teach road safety to children, teenagers and youth through building national age-specific systems of education and training safe behaviors on the road;

perform targeted and streamlined work using the capacities of the media and the Internet to build resource and visual environment for shaping legal awareness and stable psychological patterns for compliance with the traffic code among parents, children and youth;

continue work to develop principal and additional curricula for pre-school and primary general education related to teaching safe road behavior to children including ways to share experience of "kid road police officer" teams;

improve curricula for traffic code courses at pre-school, primary, vocational and higher levels of education considering international standards and modern vision of road safety issues; establish the professional standard “Specialist in training professional drivers of corresponding classes and sub-classes of vehicles”;

develop cooperation based on agreements among executive authorities in the field of education, local government agencies, administrations of educational institutions, driving schools with a view to provide a framework for and facilitate a sensible behavior on roads;

develop additional measures to improve road safety of children including better supervision of child protecting equipment usage and to develop a network of permanent and mobile road safety parks for kids;

use the capacity of students and volunteer tools in promoting civic support of road safety measures, with a priority focus on addressing issues of road safety of children;

use the capacities of the media to raise awareness of and involve citizens in the network of public monitoring and cooperation with respective executive authorities;

step up awareness-raising on ensuring technical safety of vehicles and mandatory technical inspections of vehicles;

improve cooperation of public authorities and civil society institutions including academia, public and professional associations, and the media in the field of road safety; highlight the development of partnerships of authorities, businesses and civil society combining their resources to address common issues of road safety and prevent road accidents;

develop and implement financial mechanisms for sustainable building of accessible environment for all road users including the disabled and other physically challenged persons, control the quality of performed works; improve the normative and methodology framework of building such accessible environment;

work for finding biggest gaps in road infrastructure to ensure equal access of disabled persons to transport, facilities and services, information and communication, with a special focus on the condition of roads and parking spaces near hospitals, polyclinics, recreational and commercial areas;

mandate the CIS executive authorities to prepare a joint action plan for addressing issues of building accessible environment for disabled persons and other physically impaired population groups;

continue efforts to install special road signs for disabled persons as well as reference signs for alternative disabled-friendly routes;

strengthen action of law-enforcement authorities to supervise compliance with regulations on road safety of disabled persons, provide photo and video capturing of illegal parking on spaces for disabled persons and propose higher fines for perpetrators.

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