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Growing collaboration between FIA automobile clubs and long-term FIA Foundation partner, iRAP, is creating safer streets worldwide through assessment and improvements to street infrastructure.

Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for young people from the ages of five to 29. FIA automobile clubs are working with iRAP in local partnerships to understand and improve the safety of journeys to school. Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) is an evidence-based tool developed by iRAP for measuring, managing, and communicating the risk children face on the journey to school. It supports quick infrastructure interventions that save lives and prevent serious injuries from day one by improving infrastructure such as footpaths and crossings while slowing traffic speeds.

Clubs across the world are embracing the programme supported by the FIA School Assessment Toolkit and Road Safety Grants Programme, including: Automobile Club of Uruguay (ACU)Touring & Automobile Club de Colombia (ACC)Asociacion Automovilistica De Touring Y Deportes De Panama and Automovil Club de GuatemalaSlovenian Automobile and Motorcycle club (AMZS); Automobile Club of Moldova (ACM); Emergency Assist 991 BotswanaMobilité Club Maroc (MCM); and Philippine National Auto Club (AAP). In addition, the Automobile Club of Chile (ACCHI) has announced it will use SR4S as a permanent programme as part of the Club’s social responsibilities policy.

A new annual €400,000 FIA Foundation fund for Star Rating for Schools, deployed as part of the Child Health Initiative Advocacy Hub, will be supporting FIA clubs in expanding and deepening their projects and advocacy for safe journeys to school.

Across more than 100 countries, iRAP is working with a range of clubs to support changes to make roads safer for drivers and vulnerable road users alike.