Violence and Injury Prevention

First Ibero-American Forum on Motorbikes and Road Safety held in Brazil

On 11-12 September, the First Ibero-American Forum on Motorbikes and Road Safety was held in São Paulo, Brazil.

Experts from more than 20 countries were brought together to address the challenges presented by the exponential growth of motorcycles across the region and the consequences of this growth on health, safety, employment, and urban development.

In their respective panel presentations, Dr E. Rodrigues of PAHO HQ addressed the mortality and morbidity of motorcyclists in the region, and Mr V. Pavarino of PAHO Brazil shared the experience in the country of developing social marketing campaigns on road safety and hosting workshops for journalists to enhance their reporting on the issue.

It was recognized that legislation regarding motorcyclists across the region does not adequately reflect the greater presence of motorcycles in the fleet of vehicles.

Recommendations discussed include the need for legislation on driver licensing for motorcyclists, helmet standards for drivers and passengers, work regulations for delivery services as well speed limits in urban areas.