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FEVR 25th Anniversary (1991 - 2016)

FEVR 25th Anniversary (1991 – 2016)

FEVR is celebrating 25 years of working for a better deal for road crash victims – on 6th July in Brussels.

Who are we? What is FEVR?

“Working to protect the interests of road crash victims & to reduce road danger”
FEVR is an NGO with UN consultative status – a Federation of currently 25 organisation from 17 countries in Europe and beyond, who offer help and assistance to road victims and campaign for their rights and for the reduction of road danger.

Many of those organisations have been set up by victims themselves when they experienced that no help was available to people whose close relatives were killed or injured in a road crash or who have been injured themselves.

FEVR wants to see the situation of road crash victims improved. It champions their rights, represents their voice and campaigns for legislative improvements – at relevant United Nations working parties, at meetings, conferences and seminars of relevant Institutions and Bodies, through consultations, statements, contributions to articles and through many other means.

FEVR is a Main Council Member of ETSC (European Transport Safety Council) and member of the UNRSC (United Nations Road Safety Collaboration) chaired by the World Health Organisation. FEVR is also represented on the board of the Global Alliance for Road Safety and Road Victims, of which FEVR is a Co-founder. FEVR also has Consultant Status (Roster) at UNECE (United Nations Economic Council for Europe)

FEVR was formally founded in Geneva on 6th of July 1991, by Professor Marcel HAEGI with the objectives to promote assistance to road victims at international level in Europe, work for prevention of crashes and strengthen contacts and collaboration between road victim associations from the various countries.

Our Annual General Meetings are held in the countries of our members – with our member organisations hosting those meetings in turn – which gives us all the opportunity to learn about road traffic conditions and problems in individual countries, as well as meet collaborators of our member organisations and speak to their media.

FEVR is the creator of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (www.WorldDayofRemembrance.org)  – a Day, which FEVR members have begun to observe jointly on every third Sunday in November from 1995 onwards. Through our membership of the UNRSC, which we informed of this Day, our World Day has become a UN-registered Day and is now observed on every continent – by relevant NGOs, institutions, companies, government departments and individuals.

Jeannot MERSCH, (FEVR president)
“’Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow‘ is the slogan you can read on our website. So much still needs to be done. We have worked and will work on 3 important pillars: health, safe and sustainable transport for all and a fair justice system.
If I could have a wish today, for a future short term, this would be that till 2020 we still get stronger and our voices are even more heard with the support of members from all 27 EU countries and twinning with similar federations worldwide. And that our vision, the vision zero to come as close to zero fatalities and zero serious injuries would come true one day further away.
We will go on with a strategy to reach our objectives, will also promote and raise our visibility; more we are seen the more our voice will be heard. Together with our members, the FEVR family we are ready to go on. Let’s Go.”

Brigitte CHAUDHRY, MBE, (FEVR NGO Co-ordinator, FEVR president 2004-2010)
“Together with our members we also campaign – we feel we are forced to campaign – on issues of road victim treatment, justice or rather lack of justice, and on road danger issue”

Manuel Joao RAMOS, (FEVR Vice-president):
“FEVR’s objectives are to decrease the number of road traffic crash victims, improve the situation of the victims, and all the related problems caused by road crashes in Europe and elsewhere.”

How being a member of FEVR can benefit your organisation
A stronger voice for small organisations

Most of our organisations have their origin in a personal tragedy and hence most are generally small and poorly resourced national organisations, who have taken on the huge task of trying to address the much-neglected issue of road death and injury and road victim treatment, and to make a positive difference in their own countries.
Being affiliated to an international umbrella organisation can make small organisations like ours, not only appear stronger to the outside world, but actually be stronger by being united in pursuance of the same goals or aims.

Greater chance for our demands to be met

There is a greater weight to our demands on behalf of road crash victims if we make those against the background of this international coalition, and therefore a much greater chance for those demands to be met.

Sharing of knowledge and experience

Being part of this network also gives us an opportunity to learn from each other’s knowledge, initiatives and experiences, so that we and the people we represent can benefit, and we do not need to struggle alone or miss valuable opportunities.

Meetings in countries of colleagues

Having the meetings hosted by colleagues in their own countries has proved to be a wonderful idea and chance to learn at first hand about each sister organization and about traffic and related situations in the member countries. We wish to continue with this practice, as this also gives additional opportunities to organizations to hold press and other conferences and to highlight their international membership with the media.

Joint projects

The joint projects conducted in the past have been important and unique initiatives, which have served to publicize the plight and needs of road crash victims and the urgency of giving greater attention to them. Cooperation is needed for planned future projects relating to post crash areas, esp. the legal response to road death and injury.

FEVR Member Candidate Form: click HERE

 

 

FEVR’s main aims are:

FEVR
European Federation of Road Traffic Victims | Fédération Européenne des Victimes de la Route

FEVR is a Main Council Member of ETSC (European Transport Safety Council) and member of the UNRSC (United Nations Road Safety Collaboration) chaired by the World Health Organisation. FEVR is also represented on the board of the Global Alliance for Road Safety and Road Victims, of which FEVR is a Co-founder. FEVR also has Consultant Status (Roster) at UNECE (United Nations Economic Council for Europe)

-to offer support and help to road crash victims by providing free emotional, practical and juridical assistance mainly through member associations

-to contribute to road safety by highlighting road danger and the causes of crashes in order to influence institutions and authorities towards implementing and enforcing road safety measures far more effectively

FEVR’s main aims are:

-to offer support and help to road crash victims by providing free emotional, practical and juridical assistance

-to contribute to road safety by highlighting road danger and the causes of crashes in order to influence institutions and authorities towards implementing and enforcing road safety measures far more effectively

The Federation is composed of national European associations of road traffic victims, including families of those killed and disabled, and has links to similar associations worldwide.

It has the status of a Non-Governmental Organisation recognised (roster) by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and participates in relevant UN working parties, representing the unique road victim perspective.

FEVR is also a member of the Road Safety Collaboration Forum set up in 2004 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), following the launch of their ‘World report on road traffic injury prevention’ on 7th April 2004.

more: about FEVR (pdf 62 kBytes)

The Scale of the problem

Road death and injury represent a serious public health problem in most countries of the world. They are the leading cause of death and acquired disability of young people, particularly young men, under the age of 45 – the very people whose contributions are greatly needed by their countries. The costs of road crashes – borne by affected families and the whole society – are enormous.

Road traffic injuries pose a global threat to health and the development of societies. The dedication of World Health Day 2004 to the theme of road safety is an opportunity to be reminded of this and to become aware of the burden of disease on our communities and of the existence of successful approaches and policies to tackle the problem.

Without increased efforts and new initiatives, the total number of road traffic deaths and injuries worldwide is forecast to rise by some 65% between 2000 and 2020, and in low-income and middle income countries deaths are expected to increase by as much as 80% – the majority of such deaths among ‘vulnerable road users’.

Cumulative scale and effect

Statistics about fatalities and severe injuries are annual figures,

-cumulative
-long lasting,
-often permanent,
-as are the pain,
-suffering and
-loss of those seriously injured.

Thus throughout Europe and throughout the world, there are millions upon millions of road crash victims:

Bereaved families and families with a seriously injured family member
– people who suffer profoundly – emotionally, physically and financially,
yet whose plight and trauma are largely ignored by governments and society.

The fact that road crashes and those affected by them are treated so dismissively,

in comparison with victims of other disasters, is a source of additional upset and grief for road crash victims.

Help from victims

Despite their desperate situation, the huge numbers of bereaved and injured road crash victims receive little or no help by individual governments – either in the aftermath of a crash or longer-term.

Organisations set up by people who are victims themselves, such as those under the umbrella of FEVR, often provide the only help available, for which most of them do not receive any financial support from their governments.

Help after a crash abroad

Most FEVR member organisations have also signed a mutual assistance agreement

– an agreement to offer help in their country to those nationals of other countries who were injured or whose loved ones were killed there.

The FEVR website also offers information on procedures in various European countries, in order to offer ready assistance when a crash has happened abroad.

Working for a better deal for victims

FEVR wants to see the situation of road crash victims improved.

It champions their rights, represents their voice and campaigns for legislative improvements.

This is done at relevant United Nations working parties and as stakeholder at European Institutions.

Road danger reduction

FEVR believes that a more appropriate legal response would serve as a deterrent and thus contribute to the reduction of deaths and injuries in road crashes.

But FEVR and its member organizations also highlight road danger and road safety issues from the victims’ perspective, and from the post crash stage, advocating for institutions and authorities to implement and enforce those road safety measures that have been found through research to be most effective.

FEVR wants to see lessons learnt from tragedies, so that they are not repeated.

Write to us if you are interested in preventing road deaths and injuries and in supporting road crash victims.

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