ROBERT SIY What was the most serious disaster that affected the country in recent years? Many would say Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013 which claimed about 6,300 lives and devastated Leyte, Samar and several other provinces in the Visayas. Considerable resources of government—national and local—were harnessed to respond to the emergency and to address the damage to people and property. Cabinet members were dispatched, budgets were reallocated, and staff were reassigned because everyone recognized the urgency and the need.Today, an even greater national emergency confronts us. Every day, on average, 27 persons in the Philippines die in road crashes. In a year, that’s close to 10,000 Filipinos. And the largest share of fatalities is the category of persons 20-29 years of age. They are those in our society who are most energetic and productive. Some are young parents.In Metro Manila, the largest group of road fatalities, almost 50 percent, are pedestrians. The … [Read more...] about Why can’t road safety be top priority?
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PUBLISHED: 13:38 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:39 31 July 2018 Phil Hayton and Chris Spinks of Dereham-based traffic safety firm Westcotec. Picture: Olly Samways Olly Samways A former roads policing officer has taken the wheel at a Dereham-based traffic safety firm – part of a management change which will also give ownership of the company to its 25 employees. Westcotec, which specialises in road safety technologies and vehicle-activated signs, was founded in 2001 by Phil Hayton, who is stepping down as managing director.He will hand his day-to-day responsibilities to a senior team led by new managing director Chris Spinks, a former police chief inspector who led the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit until his retirement in 2015. As part of the handover, Mr Hayton has created an employee ownership trust designed to “reward team members for their loyalty and to safeguard their future”. He will take up a temporary position as company chairman to assist with … [Read more...] about Former Norfolk police officer takes the wheel at road safety technology firm
The third phase of the Road Safety Fellowship being conducted by VERA Files in cooperation with the World Health Organization is now open for application. Just like in the first and second phases, we are inviting members of print, broadcast and online media, including freelance writers based in Metro Manila and Luzon, to participate in this project which aims to improve quality of life by producing stories that would make the public be conscious of making our roads safe. Rich or poor, we are all road users. Road safety should be everybody’s concern. The WHO says about 7,000 Filipinos die each year from road crashes. The 7,000 is not just a number. They are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, persons we love and care. Many of them are breadwinners. Thousands more are injured, their earning capability reduced, if not completely eliminated. A 2015 study, Assessment of Philippine Media Coverage of Road Crashes and Safety, said, “The media has a tremendous opportunity to lead … [Read more...] about OPINION: VERA Files Road Safety Fellowship
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2018-- market research analysts forecast the to grow at a CAGR of close to 6% during 2018-2022. The rising demand for pedestrian airbags is a key trend, which is expected to impact the growth of the market.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180523005776/en/Technavio has published a new market research report on the global automotive silicones market from 2018-2022. (Graphic: Business Wire)Pedestrian airbags are likely to revolutionize road safety. Automotive silicones are used for coating these airbags. They are installed at the bottom of the windshield, outside the car and are deployed when the sensors detect a collision with a pedestrian. Product development and innovation will drive the growth of the global automotive silicones market.This report is available at a USD 1,000 discount for a limited time only:Save more with Technavio. Buy2 reports and get the third for FREE:In … [Read more...] about Global Automotive Silicones Market to Witness High Demand from Developing Countries| Technavio
The 2km stretch outside Sweden's Arlanda Airport was inaugurated on Wednesday in a ceremony attended by Sweden's infrastructure minister Tomas Eneroth and Lena Erixon, Director General of the Swedish Transport Administration. An electric truck working for the logistics company PostNord will over the next 12 months use the road to stay charged as it shuttles deliveries between Arlanda Airport and its distribution centre 12km away. The truck has been fitted with a connector underneath its chassis which attaches to an electrified groove in the road, drawing power like a car on a Scaletrix track. "Everything is 100 percent automatic, based on the connector magnetically sensing the road," Hans Säll, Chief Executive of the eRoadArlanda Consortium, told The Local. "As a driver you drive as usual, the connector goes down onto the track automatically and if you leave the track, it goes up automatically." He said that in a … [Read more...] about World’s first electrified public road opens in Sweden