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The ECRAF General Assembly in Helsinki (Finland) on 15th September 2016 elected new ECRAF Presidency:  

 

ECRAF President for mandate 2016-2018 is LTC Jan Sevcik (CZE) and Vice President is MAJ Petri Manelius (FIN).

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More than one million civilian people are killed in road traffic accidents worlwide every year. Within Europe, there are more than 1,9 million road traffic accidents, more than 100.000 killed and more than 2,4 million injured people in road traffic accidents each year. Estimates based on accepted European Union statistical models, shows that more than 1.500 persons have been killed and more than 21.000 person have been injured in the European Armed Forces from 2004 to 2008.

The European Commission for Road Safety in the Armed Forces (ECRAF) has adopted the vision Zero as guideline for the work on road safety in the Armed Forces. Vision Zero declares that nobody shal be killed or seriously injured in the road traffic. All ECRAF member nations have accepted this very ambitious vision. The reason is very simple: Our Armed Forces cannot accept any man or women killed in road traffic accidents.

The European Commission for Road Safety in the Armed Forces (ECRAF) has adopted the vision Zero as guideline for the work on road safety in the Armed Forces. Vision Zero declares that nobody shal be killed or seriously injured in the road traffic. All ECRAF member nations have accepted this very ambitious vision. The reason is very simple: Our Armed Forces cannot accept any man or women killed in road traffic accidents.

The unique nature of military operations and transports – on and off road - and the fact that the Armed Forces in particular poses road safety issues to military employees and civilian populations, makes this to be a big challenge. The Armed Forces as a large user of specialist vehicles and mobile weapon platforms must take an active part in efforts to prevent road traffic accidents. This will be achieved by thorough and relevant training and education.

Operations are more likely to be conducted in urban areas or amongst the people with large wheeled and armoured vehicles in nations across the world. The military authorities have a responsibility of care to minimise loss not only to its own employees but also the civilian population of the nation in which operations are being conducted.

According to the ECRAF Statutes:

ECRAF is an open and non-profit organization established in 2002.

The mission of ECRAF is to promote Road Safety within the Armed Forces in Europe including participation in international operations. 

The purpose of ECRAF is to enable the exchange of experiences, ideas and initiatives between the Armed Forces in Europe. In particular ECRAF will create a knowledge exchange database, analyse military road traffic statistics and develop recommendations to improve Road Safety within the Armed Forces in Europe.

ECRAF is open to all Armed Forces in Europe. All Armed Forces in Europe can after a formal request, be a full member of ECRAF. Membership is approved by the General Assembly. The new member have to declare to the General Assembly that they accept the Statutes and the Stategy and Action Plan. National Road Safety Partner Organizations can be invited to participate as a part of a national delegation. In addition international organizations, institutions and experts can be invited to attend ECRAF events.

The Congress in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (10-13 September 2013) was a turning point in the history of ECRAF. All member nations declared and accepted the ambition to establish a strong and relevant ECRAF. All member nations asked for an organisation who aspires to be the foremost independent institution recognised across Europe for the best practice within the military environment to prevent road traffic accidents and injuries whether on operations or off duty. The ECRAF General Assembly has decided to continue the collaboration with other relevant organizations regarding to road safety in Europe.

We have all an obligation to work hard to fulfill this ambition on behalf of the men and women in the Armed Forces. We need an active and committed involvement from all the members to achieve our ambitious goals and get closer to the adopted Vision Zero.

I wish all the ECRAF members all the best for the future work,

Ernes Heleg

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The European Commission for Road Safety in the Armed Forces (ECRAF) has adopted the vision Zero as guideline for the work on road safety in the Armed Forces.

Vision Zero declares that nobody shall be killed or seriously injured in the road traffic.

Contacts

ECRAF President: president@ecraf.org

ECRAF Vice President: vicepresident@ecraf.org

ECRAF Secretary: secretary@ecraf.org

Administrator: info@ecraf.org