RAA commits to reducing road toll in Vietnam
Tuesday, 7th Nov 2017
RAA is taking its commitment to road safety global, partnering with a Vietnamese motoring club to reduce the 22,400 road fatalities that occur in that country every year.
Delegates from the Automobile Association (AA) Vietnam will spend a week in Adelaide learning about RAA’s advocacy activities and road safety education programs.
RAA General Manager Engagement & Innovation Penny Gale said it was a great opportunity for RAA to demonstrate its commitment to road safety in a more global context.
“Road safety is a significant issue in Vietnam, with crashes causing around 22,400 fatalities and more than 453,600 injuries annually. Of those fatalities, 2000 are children,” said Ms Gale.
“AA Vietnam will be taking inspiration from our advocacy and road safety activities to address the unique issues in their country, including a huge number of motorcycle fatalities.
“Ninety five per cent of registered vehicles in Vietnam are motorcycles, and we were shocked to find out that their users make up 75 per cent of the country’s crash victims.
“When you compare these figures with our national road toll in 2016, which was just under 1300, it really puts into perspective the immensity of AA Vietnam’s challenge.
“We’re proud to be sharing our learnings and passion for road safety with them and hope it will contribute to saving thousands of lives.”
While in Adelaide, the AA Vietnam delegates will also learn about RAA’s roadside assistance service, insurance business and innovation division.
The mentoring opportunity came about through the Federation International de Automobile (FIA), of which RAA and AA Vietnam are members.