We, the ASEAN Transport Ministers, gathered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 23rd November 2004 for the Tenth ASEAN Transport Ministers (ATM) Meeting;

Expressing great concern that the road safety problem in the ASEAN region has reached alarming proportion, with over 75,000 deaths and 4.7 million injuries occurring annually, causing very serious physical, psychological and material harm to the victims and their families, as well as on the huge economic loss of over US$ 15 billion each year (2.2% of annual Gross Domestic Product) to the ASEAN region as a whole;

Conscious that failure to take effective actions will result in a further 385,000 deaths, 24 million injuries and economic losses of over US$ 88 billion over the next five (5) years;

Welcoming the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 58/9 of 5 November 2003 on the global road safety crisis and the World Health Assembly Resolution 57.10 of 22 May 2004 on road safety and health;

Mindful of our collective responsibility to provide safe travel environment to ASEAN road users;

Emphasizing the importance of concerted multi-sectoral collaboration and partnerships between different ministries/departments, the private and business sectors, communities and civil societies in the individual Member Countries and across the ASEAN region;

Recognizing that effective actions to improve road safety and promote safe travel in ASEAN requires strong political commitment at both the national and regional levels;

Building on the great strides resulting from the ADB-ASEAN Road Safety Project, particularly on the five-year national road safety plans and the ASEAN regional road safety action plan;

Determined to promote in our individual Member Countries, in addition to the regional action plan, comprehensive, coordinated and integrated road safety policies and programs, as well as to provide the necessary financial resources and international support to enable effective and sustainable implementation to achieve the target reductions in deaths and injuries;

HEREBY DECLARE AND COMMIT OURSELVES TO:

  1. Assume key leadership role in pooling the information and resources available to increase knowledge of the causes, circumstances and consequences of road accidents in order to develop countermeasures and support the actions and initiatives developed within the ASEAN Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan 2005-2010;
  2. Promote the gradual harmonization and/or amendment of the key road safety regulations to eventually provide ASEAN citizens with a single and uniform framework of values and rules (e.g. drink drive limits, driving hours and rest times of professional drivers, etc.);
  3. Raise the safety standards on ASEAN roads, identify the most dangerous sections on the ASEAN road networks and implement systematic programs for accident prevention (e.g. safety audit on new or rehabilitated roads ) and for accident reduction ( e.g. hazardous location improvements), aimed at raising the safety levels for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users;
  4. Promote greater awareness and steady enforcement of traffic rules and regulations which have shown to have the greatest effect in terms of reducing the number and severity of road accidents, such as those pertaining to speed limits, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the wearing of safety helmets and safety seat belts;
  5. Implement measures to improve and strengthen protective measures for vulnerable users and users at risk, with special reference to motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists;
  6. Implement measures to improve the safety level of vehicles by dissemination of the results of the ongoing research on vehicle safety and by promoting new technologies for road safety such as speed limitation devices, seat belt reminders, etc. and ensuring that all vehicles, including motorcycles, have to pass periodic roadworthiness inspections;
  7. Ensure that all road users, including vulnerable road users –pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, are provided with relevant information on safer use of roads, and in particular, motorcycle riders are required to undergo compulsory practical training on safe riding techniques and survival skills before they are allowed to use public roads ;
  8. Foster the development of a new culture of road safety among citizens especially the young , school-age or child population;
  9. Encourage collaborative research and best practices for the prevention of road accidents and mitigation of their consequences;
  10. Maintain and strengthen efforts to raise awareness of the magnitude and prevention of road accidents;
  11. Encourage partnerships and cooperation between public administrations, private and business sectors, and community or citizen associations, collaborating on collective priorities and actions and bringing road safety awareness to the general public’s attention; and
  12. Establish an ASEAN Road Safety Network (ASNet) that will focus on knowledge sharing and dissemination of good practices and help develop a body of road safety practitioners that will continue to develop, promote and implement road safety plans and programs in the ASEAN region.

IN PURSUANCE THEREOF, WE HEREBY AGREE TO:

  1. Adopt the ASEAN Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan 2005-2010;
  2. Establish in each ASEAN Member Country a multi-sector body to coordinate and manage the implementation of the National Road Safety Action Plan;
  3. Establish an ASEAN Multi-Sector Road Safety Working Group to coordinate and oversee the implementation of the ASEAN Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan 2005-2010;
  4. Institute a system for the effective monitoring of implementation of the national road safety plans and the ASEAN regional road safety action plan;
  5. Seek the international support and technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank, the ASEAN Dialogue Partners, the international donor community and other related international/regional organizations, global and regional road safety partnership organizations, private and business organizations, and civil society in the development and implementation of regional programs, projects and activities; and
  6. Direct our Senior Officials to implement this Declaration, establish an ASEAN Multi-Sector Road Safety Working Group and to report progress on the implementation of the national road safety action plans and the ASEAN road safety action plan, with the assistance of the ASEAN Secretariat. Progress reports of implementation shall be submitted at the annual ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (ATM), for further action.

Adopted in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 23rd November 2004.