Mexico makes progress toward safer mobility
The Mexican Senate approved the new Mobility and Road Safety Law, which aims to combat the country's high traffic fatality rate and increase fair and sustainable access to transportation services for all.
Did you know that safe mobility is already a constitutional right in Mexico?
Since the approval of a reform to the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, in 2020, the right to mobility and road safety are recognized in Mexico concerning accessibility, efficiency, sustainability, quality, inclusion, and equality.
Following this reform, in April 2022, the Mexican Senate unanimously approved the new Mobility and Road Safety Law. This new law focuses on the human rights of traffic accident victims. In addition, it aims to "raise awareness in society and government about the terrible consequences that crashes cause to families and the economy," according to Alma Chavez of Víctimas de Violencia Vial, a member of the alliance of NGOs supporting the new legislation.
The new Mobility and Road Safety Law include:
- Improvements to public transportation;
- The obligatory use of helmets;
- Limits on blood alcohol concentration;
- Establishment of a transportation hierarchy for public policies planning, design, and implementation;
- The creation of a National Mobility and Road Safety System.
This new law represents a significant step in the nation's efforts to lower the high rate of traffic fatalities and to increase fair and sustainable access to transportation services for everyone. The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) promoting these changes hope the surrounding countries follow Mexico's example.
In Chile, the Conciencia Vial foundation has already filed a formal request for inclusion into the constitutional process based on the Mexican case.
Source: Global Fleet
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