Within the framework of the EU TRACECA II Project, a series of workshops have been held in Bishkek during late February involving three EASST partners from Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. 

EASST partner Chinara Kasmambetova

The four day event has been organised by TRACECA Project Secretary to Kyrgyzstan, Mr. A. Akmatov, and its National Coordinator and EASST Partner, Chinara Kasmambetova. Chinara was joined by her EASST colleagues Gela Kvashilava (Georgia) and Poghos Shahinyan (Armenia) who shared their road safety successes and challenges with participants. Experts representing a variety of stakeholders from across the Kyrgyz Republic joined together to produce a practical action plan aimed at improving road safety in the Kyrgyz Republic.

EASST Partner Poghos Shahinyan

Workshops took place on a number of key issues, with international experts sharing their experiences from the business community, government, science, academia and NGO sectors. Themes have included the role of financial institutions in funding road safety activities and challenges facing local road safety organisations.

EASST partner Gela Kvashilava

Based on the six pillars of UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, the participants developed a practical action plan in order to improve road safety in Kyrgyzstan as follows: 

(1) Institutional Improvements:

– strengthen and provide financial support of Governmental Road Safety Commission’s Secretariat
– create a National fund  for Road Safety by 2016
– introduce law on compulsory insurance for the owners of vehicles
– use best practice from European Union examples and others

(2) Safe Infrastructure: 

–  make amendments into certain laws
–  develop regulatory documents on audit
–  provide trainings for road safety experts
–  black spot, signs and markings  checks on roads

(3) Safe transportation:

– bring national legislation on vehicles in line with international norms and standards laid down in the treaties and conventions of the UNECE
– introduce legislation on Technical Check
– create a national database system of road accidents
– study of regulatory experiences

(4) Safer Road Users:

– provide legislative changes
– social videos needs to be developed and  demonstrated
– use the opportunity of Private Public Partnership
– provision of radars, breathalyzers, and cameras needed

(5)  Medical Care:

– coordination of EMS service with other emergency services
– systematic  training of professional dispatchers in all regions
– technical provision is needed, HR medical personnel necessary
– obligatory medical insurance  needed
– crash investigations done by trained crash investigators

(6) Changing of attitude:
widespread involvement of NGOs in governmental orders
– creating  National and Regional Working Groups
– create a centre of analysis and processing of information
– interactive video presentations on road safety in schools
– distribution of information in media and social media

Further updates will be published in due course on the EASST website.