Creating safe and inclusive road transport has become a matter of global and regional concern, as the human and economic burden that road crashes produce severely temper sustainable development. Overall, ESCAP road deaths in 2016 amounted for 62% of all global road deaths.
Overall estimates published in the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018 published by the World Health Organization stated that 29% of fatal victims worldwide died as drivers or passengers of 4-wheeled vehicles. Among many road crash reduction interventions, seat belts and child restraints are among the most efficient road safety devices available. In this regard, the Transport Division of ESCAP conducted a study on "Strategies to Tackle the Issue of Seat Belt and Child Restraint Use for Road Safety in the Asia-Pacific Region: Implementation Framework" to assess the current situation and ways forward in the Asia-Pacific region.