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Henry calls for global vehicle motor standard

Published:Wednesday | April 2, 2008 | 3:26 PM

Transport and Works Minister, Mike Henry has called for the United Nations General Assembly to promote the establishment of a Global Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, to help reduce road fatalities worldwide.

The proposal was part of Mr. Henry’s recent address to the 62nd Session of the General Assembly, which focused on the global road safety crisis.

A resolution calling for the staging of a UN Global Ministerial Conference in Russia next year was adopted by the General Assembly.

Mr. Henry told the gathering that the Global Motor Vehicle Safety Standard would establish the minimum standards for motor vehicles manufactured anywhere in the world.

He said this would better ensure the move towards safer roadways.

Preliminary estimates indicate that Jamaica\'s Accident and Emergency cost amounted to US$14 million in 2006.

Representing 0.48 percent of the country\'s Gross Domestic Product; 7.2 per cent of the budget allocated to hospitals and 0.3 percent of the national budget.

In addition Mr. Henry said for the last 20 years in Jamaica, pedestrians accounted for 33 percent of all road fatalities.

The Transport and Works Minister further called for Jamaica and other countries in the Caribbean and Latin America to be granted easier access to the International Road Safety Programme.