Bosch, a leading provider of mobility solutions, has committed its support for the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan 2017-2022 (PRSAP), launched by the Department of Transportation (DoTr) during the World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims on Nov. 19, 2017. The revised plan aims to reduce road crash fatalities by 20 percent in 2022, along with other proposed measures that will be jointly undertaken by other government agencies, local government units and enforcement agencies.
The DoTr also collaborated with private sector partners to complete the revision of the PRSAP, among them, Bosch Philippines. Since the beginning of the year, Bosch has been working closely with the DoTr as an industry consultant for the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan, and is the only automotive company actively advocating for the adoption of car safety systems in the country.
“Bosch commends the DoTr for its efforts to develop a more robust road safety strategy, one that considers the importance of active safety systems as a key deterrent against road accidents,” said Richard Walker, Managing Director of Bosch Philippines. “Coupled with conducting accident research, we hope the country will also work towards making these systems mandatory installations in new vehicles moving forward.”
While passive safety systems like child restraints, airbags, and seatbelts protect the passengers in the event of an accident, active safety systems are technologies that prevent the occurrence of a car crash. Active safety systems include Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS), which prevent wheels from locking during sudden braking scenarios to prevent skidding and shortens the braking distance; and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which helps stabilize the vehicle during sudden maneuvers to avoid spin outs and allow 2 wheeler drivers to remain upright.
Bosch has been working on technological advancements with the vision of accident-free driving since decades, and has pioneered innovations for ABS and ESP for both four- and two-wheeled vehicles.
“For Bosch, every traffic-related death is one too many,” said Walker. “It is particularly important for us to see ABS and ESP as a standard in Filipinos’ motorcycles, because data shows that majority of road accidents involve two-wheelers. And because millions of Filipinos rely on mass transit, it is also imperative that public utility vehicles be equipped with ABS and ESP.”
As the DoTr proceeds to roll-out the implementation of the PRSAP, Bosch echoes the sentiment of Undersecretary Thomas Orbos, who stated that road safety is the responsibility of all citizens, not just government.