Jacob Bangsgaard, Director General of FIA Region I

Jacob Bangsgaard – Director General of FIA Region I

Jacob Bangsgaard is the Director General of FIA Region I and responsible for the mobility activities of the FIA in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa supporting the 106 automobile clubs in the region from the Region I headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Mr Bangsgaard is a Danish national with a university background in international economics and 20 years experience working in Brussels on transport and mobility issues.

He is also Secretary General of eSafetyAware an association of 40 international organisations and authorities with the aim of campaigning for improved use of advanced vehicle safety technologies. Mr Bangsgaard came to FIA Region I from a position as Director of International Relations in the FIA Foundation where he was responsible for the deployment support and global campaigning for vehicle safety technologies.
Prior to that he worked as Director of International Relations for ERTICO – ITS Europe where he was responsible for the international deployment support for intelligent transport systems especially dealing with the markets of China, India, South Africa, and Brazil.
Jacob Bangsgaard is Board Member of several international organisations e.g. Euro NCAP and ERTICO.

Presentation title: Using intelligent technological solutions to combat the global epidemic of Road Traffic Accidents.

The UN Decade of Action for road safety will in the coming 10 years focus on the epidemic development of traffic killings. Through technological solutions, traffic planning, and campaigning the FIA aims to help breaking this deadly curve and thus ensure a better quality of life for millions of people worldwide.

Every 6 seconds someone is killed or seriously injured on the world’s roads. With 1.3 million road deaths each year this is a global epidemic comparable to Malaria or Tuberculosis. And like those killer diseases, road crashes prey on the young, the poor and the vulnerable. The economic cost is estimated at up to US $100 billion a year (equivalent to all annual overseas aid from OECD countries). The poorest communities are the worst affected.
Road crashes are the leading global cause of death for young people aged 10-24, and by 2015 are predicted to be the leading cause of premature death and disability for children in developing countries aged five and above. Already, 260,000 children die and another 10 million are injured in road crashes every year.

The ‘vaccines’ for the road injury epidemic are available. We know how to reduce road deaths, and in most industrialised countries road deaths have been cut by at least half over the past 30 years, even as the number of vehicles has increased dramatically. Improved road design and a focus on pedestrian safety, safer vehicles, motorcycle helmets, seat belts, action on drink driving, driver training and licensing and tackling speed – this is how road deaths can be reduced. The missing ingredient is political commitment to take action.