FIA Launches New Safety Initiative

A plan to reduce fatalities and injuries on race track and road was launched by the ruling body of motorsport on Sunday.

FIA Launches New Safety Initiative

A plan to reduce fatalities and injuries on race track and road was launched by the ruling body of motorsport on Sunday.

The International Motoring Federation's (FIA) road safety policy document was presented at the French Grand Prix and timed to coincide with the first weekend of France's holiday season which claimed 13 lives on the roads on Saturday, according to newspaper reports.

The document, called 'Formula Zero - a strategy for reducing fatalities and injuries on track and road', was launched by FIA president Max Mosley, French transport minister Jean-Claude Gayssot and former world rally champion Ari Vatanen.

Mosley said: "Safety is an absolute priority for the FIA....and it is clearly the FIA's role to campaign for the most demanding safety standards on the road as well as on the track."

He explained that 'Formula Zero' referred to the FIA's 'zero tolerance' approach in Formula One which had helped to reduce the level of fatalities and injuries per accident, in the sport, by more than 90 per cent since the early 1970's.

"The FIA believes that adopting what we have called 'zero tolerance' when approaching road safety would have significant benefits and help reduce the 43,000 deaths and 1.6 million injuries which occur on Europe's road every year," said Mosley.

He said the policy involved an entirely new way of looking at road safety, concentrating on making the whole road system operate safely by using an integrated strategy to embrace drivers, cars and road infrastructures.

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