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Gabon: New member of the International Automobile Federation (FIA)

2012/12/26

Federation (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, or FIA), held in Istanbul (Turkey) from 3 to 7 December 2012, resulted in the acceptance of Gabon's application for membership and the country becoming a full member of the FIA, known worldwide for its road safety prevention initiatives and for organising the world's major official motorsports events.

This affiliation presents Gabon with an opportunity to improve road safety and, in the long-term, create opportunities to develop motorsports in the country.

Improving Road Safety in Gabon

In order to reduce the number of road accidents in Gabon, several areas could be targeted under this new collaboration between the Gabonese government and the FIA:

Raising awareness and educating the public about the importance of wearing a seatbelt, or against drink-driving and speeding, etc. through the use of regular campaigns. There could as well be specific campaigns on pedestrian safety. Approximately 46% of people who die on roads across the whole world are pedestrians, cyclists, drivers or passengers of motorised-wheel vehicles, so-called "vulnerable" users (Source: WHO);
Strengthening legislation and improving data collection capacity;
Taking action with regard to imported and second-hand cars. These vehicles tend to be older and outdated, do not have the new technology, such as ABS braking systems, and are therefore considered higher-risk.
Ultimately, the goal is to significantly reduce the number of road accidents.

Motorsport Development

Several African nations are already members of the FIA, including South Africa, Morocco, Mauritius, Côte d'Ivoire and Kenya. Like these nations, Gabon will now be able to organise motorsports activities with the support of the Federation and in accordance with the safety rules, and will ultimately be able to build an approved circuit.

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