EASST & Kier win Silver Green Apple Award for environmental best practice

Children's Road Safety, News, Tajikistan

On 6th November EASST and Kier were awarded a Silver Green Apple Award for environmental best practice in recognition of our car seat recycling and loan scheme for low-income families in Tajikistan.

Working in partnership with Kier and the Young Generation of Tajikistan (YGT), and supported by the EBRD Special Shareholders Fund, our car seat recycling and loan scheme is raising awareness of the importance of restraints and providing child car seats to families who could not otherwise afford them.

The probability of children aged 1-7 years being injured in a crash or sudden stop is reduced by around 70% when an appropriate child restraint is used instead of a seat belt only. Child restraints are a vital protection for child passengers. However, in low and middle income countries like Tajikistan the cost of child restraints can be an inhibiting factor for many families.

Earlier this year we reported that around 100 car seats collected by Kier at their Household Waste Recycling Centre in North Somerset had been checked and packed up onto pallets to make the 4,000-mile journey to Dushanbe.

Here, the YGT used their local networks to identify suitable families as well as working with a local NGO that supports parents of children with Autism to distribute the seats and provide information and advice on the importance of child restraints and how to use them safely.

The scheme coincides with the public awareness campaign currently being run by the YGT to increase seat belt wearing in Dushanbe. A recent observational study of over 5000 cars conducted by the YGT found that only 3.3 per cent of children were fastened in child car seats. Yet, wearing a seat belt or using a child restraint are simple measures that really can save lives.