Everything revolved around the topic of road safety at this year’s international transport summit, organised by the International Transport Forum ( ITF)/OECD in Leipzig, Germany. The audience included high-ranking officials, over 40 Transport Ministers and delegations from all around the world. They convened for a total of three days and adopted a Ministerial Declaration on Transport Safety and Security.
Innovations, best practices and new impulses were shared through numerous presentations, discussion forums and expert rounds. All participants agreed on one thing: It is time to put into practice the ambition of zero road deaths under the motto Vision Zero.
The tenor is that every life lost in a traffic accident is one too many. When you shift your perspective from purely political or scientific to personal, your perception and awareness of this topic changes. With her personal and emotionally touching story, PTV colleague Sofia Salek de Braun was able to impressively illustrate this to the participants of the International Transport Summit. The sudden accidental death of her five-year-old son Luca and her parents-in-law in a car accident in their home country Bolivia threw her life out of whack from one second to the next in 2016.
Since then, she has been dedicated to improving road safety. In Bolivia, her commitment has led to the topic receiving broad attention at the highest political level and in the media. She has also reoriented her career at PTV Group and has dedicated herself to the topic as Road Safety Ambassador at numerous international organisations and events in order to promote greater awareness and the implementation of concrete measures.
With the International Transport Summit organised by ITF, the OECD offers a unique platform for ministers, mayors, NGOs and experts from industry and business to exchange ideas. Startups report on their innovative ideas, politicians share successful examples and approaches from practice and inform about their latest projects. Strategic alliances are forged and expanded.
In addition, the latest ITF reports are published during the summit. As a member of the Corporate Partnership Board, ITF works with leading companies on specific projects, topics and studies. PTV Group was one of first partners from industry to join in 2014 and has been involved ever since. Its software was used to support ITF in visualising the results of the Lisbon Study.
PTV Group also helped complete this year’s report. This study deals with the intelligent use of roadsides in the city (“The Shared-used City: Managing the Curb“). Its results met with great interest. Many other cities have already expressed their interest in investigating this option for themselves as well.
The local PTV team was involved in numerous meetings, informed and discussed on various podiums, at its own stand and at the evening networking events about how we can shape our cities and the mobility of tomorrow.
One of the highlights was the final plenary session and the open and lively discussion – moderated by TV journalist Ali Aslan. Participants on stage: Michael Replogle, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, New York City Department of Transportation; Miguel Gaspar, City Councillor for Mobility and Safety Lisbon; Gloria Hutt Hesse, Minister of Transport and Telecommunicatins, Chile; Julie Anne Genter, Minister for Women, Associate Minister for Transport and for Health New Zealand; Anne Graham, CEO National Transport Authority Ireland; Andrew McKellar, Secretary General for Mobility FIA as well as Paulo Humanes, Director Business Development, PTV Group.
Paulo Humanes draws the following conclusion: “The International Transport Summit allows us to forge contacts and shop talk with high-ranking officials. This exchange of information provides us with valuable input for the further development of our software and, at the same time, we can make an active contribution to optimising transport systems around the world with our know-how and technologies”.
Next year’s International Transport Summit “Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration” will be held under the motto integrated transport and will again take place in Leipzig, from 22 – 24 May 2019.