MAKING ROADS SAFE
Formed in 2016, the National Agency for
Road Safety (ANSV) replaced a previous system of road safety funds provided by insurers. Since then, it has become a vital institution for developing safer, more efficient roads across Colombia. Luis Lota, the agency’s current director, explained his priorities.
Conscientious road users “One of our greatest challenges is teaching road users appropriate speeds, and the risks associated with them. We’re also working – alongside various universities across the country – on making the driving tests more rigorous, so as to give us a better idea of where drivers are at.”
A comprehensive plan “This year we launched the National Plan for Road Safety, which is aligned with the objectives and measures outlined by over 140 other countries, and ultimately seeks to reduce deaths and injuries on the roads by half in the next decade.”
Training the most vulnerable “Part of that plan has led us to give trainings across the country, teaching 3,000 people so far – mostly motorcyclists and cyclists as they are the most vulnerable. Any road accident is ultimately avoidable after all.”
A society wide approach “We’re well aware that the only way we can affect change is by working across society, with the national government, local and provincial authorities, the private sector, academia, and each and every road user.”
Teaching a new generation “At the recent International Forum for Child Road Safety we were able to teach young children about staying safe with roads, and that the bicycle is not a toy but a vehicle that comes with rights and responsibilities.”