“Stop the Crash Thailand” took place in Bangkok on 12 and 13 May, bringing the global partnership that promotes the latest in life saving crash avoidance technologies to a country that has the second worst record in road safety.
The FIM was present to give support to the launch in Bangkok, which focused on motorcycle safety technologies, as nearly three quarters of fatalities on Thailand’s roads involve two and three wheelers. An Anti-lock braking system (ABS) for motorcycles and Blind Spot Detection (BSD), two of the technologies demonstrated by Stop the Crash, could make a significant impact in reducing deaths in the country and save thousands of lives.
The benefits of anti-lock braking were demonstrated with the system switched on and off. With the help of the local fire service (and the occasional heavy rain shower!) a sheet of plastic was kept wet to provide the most slippery surface possible. Even under these conditions, with the ABS activated, the system worked perfectly to ensure a smooth and safe stop, in contrast to the results without the system.
The event was supported by the Thai Ministry of Interior, the World Health Organisation (WHO), King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.
The Thai edition of Stop the Crash was the fourth stop for the Crash event. This edition was held in support for the UN Global Road Safety Week #SlowDown.
David Ward Stop the Crash Chairman said:
“Stop the Crash is pleased to be in Thailand. This country faces a huge challenge in road safety, and technologies such as ABS on motorcycles, and blind spot detection can make a difference.
“We are pleased that the Thai government has engaged with Stop the Crash, but we urge them to legislate as this is best way to reduce the number of deaths fast.”
Speaking for the FIM, John Chatterton-Ross, Director of Public Affairs, drew the media’s attention to the fact that in 2018, India will follow the European Union with legislation to introduce ABS on new motorcycles.
Kobchai Boonya-orana, Deputy Director General for Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in the Ministry of Interior, said:
“We are very pleased to be hosting Stop the Crash in Thailand today during UN Road Safety Week. The Thai vehicle fleet is heavily composed of two wheelers; technologies such as ABS for motorcycles and Blind Spot Detection are proven and can prevent crashes.
“Stop the Crash can make a real difference in accelerating the adoption of life saving technologies into the Thai market and help save lives. We look forward to continued close collaboration with Global NCAP and the Stop the Crash Partnership to achieve these goals.”
The Hon. Nikorn Chamnong MP, President of the Committee on Road Safety System Reform Thailand and Member of the Leadership Council of the Global Network for Road Safety Legislators, said:
“It is great that Stop the Crash is taking place in Thailand during UN Global Road Safety Week. Safety technology is urgently needed in Thailand in order to address the large number of fatalities found on our roads.