Proposal for discussion in Focus Groups – 27 September 2013
“If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it”. That is true when it comes to transportation reform as anywhere else. So in order to reinforce the move toward sustainable transport what should be the one thing we decide to commit for measure?
Too many too ambitious targets and we are lost. So let’s simplify and concentrate. What about picking one keystone project to be committed and implemented by the highest levels of state government and making that a major program supported by a vigorous public information open data program for citizen inspection and confirmation?
Let’s see if we can find one that will bring with it significant advances in other priority areas. Something for example that will have significant impacts on fuel consumption, the economy, health, safety, quality of life, the environment and, yes, even climate.. Something that visibly advances the cause of democracy and social solidarity. Something that inspires key players to stand up and take their full part. Something that will give public confidence in the fact that their interests are being protected by a government really cares. Something that we can target, publicly announce, commit to . . . and then actually accomplish.
Here is a proposed target for 2014: Cut motor vehicle fatalities and life-altering accidents by 10%.. There is certainly plenty of room for improvement. The WHO figures show that Malaysia as a whole with on the order of 8,000 traffic deaths annually is far too high up on the list of dangerous places to be on the road.
Such an announced target could be met. The good news is that this level of reductions or something very much like it has already been achieved in countries that care, and that information is readily available to you. You will have strong national and international support for a serious program and government commitment.
There is every reason that this program should be supported by one or more of the major insurance groups as well as leading industrial and financial groups that are committed to the well-being of Penang and all those who live there.
* For additional coverage of safety and accident issues here , you are invited to click to https://sustainablepenang.wordpress.com/category/safetyaccidents/
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What you have here is one of a series of short discussion papers presented to the various Focus Groups for their consideration, discussion and eventual recommendations –setting out some ideas for eventual projects and initiatives as part of a longer-term commitment to a Sustainable Penang/New Mobility Initiative. This proposal was met with considerable interest and it is to be hoped that in the coming months it will receive the level of attention it deserves.
Incidentally, the expression “life altering injuries” refers to accidents after which the daily life of the victim and their families is transformed as never before. It is not clear at this early point if the present statistical procedures correspond with this category . However once the decision is taken by the appropriate levels of government it should be quite possible to build this into the statistical apparatus. After all, this is been done in other places.