The International Road Federation (IRF) has launched the Vienna Manifesto on ITS with a wake-up call issued to the world’s government ministers. The manifesto is the result of two years’ work, originating from the IRF’s policy committee and developed to drive greater governmental commitment to ITS to solve global problems of road safety, environmental impact and finance.
“We want policy makers to know a lot more about ITS and to make decisions. Around 1.3 million people die every year on the world’s roads, many more suffer grave injuries and millions of families have to live with the trauma of losing a loved one. It is about time the world woke up to this problem and made greater use of ITS technology to help solve it,” said IRF chairman KK Kapila.
“For reducing environmental impact and improving mobility also, it makes real sense to develop and deploy ITS systems. We are saying wake up, do something about it and do it now.”