Colombia adopts key convention to strengthen vehicle safety

Colombia has celebrated a major step forward on the path to strengthening vehicle safety across the country with the recent ratification by the Constitutional Court of Law 2290 of 2023, concerning the adoption of the harmonized United Nations technical regulations for wheeled vehicles and their associated equipment and parts.

The law marks a major milestone in making Colombian roads safer, as it will help ensure vehicles meet key safety standards around braking systems, seat belts, child restraints, steering and a range of other aspects of vehicle safety.

Colombia is the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to adopt the harmonized technical regulations of the United Nations and conditions related to vehicular safety, leading the way for other countries in the region to follow suit

This achievement comes after several years of hard work led by Colombia’s National Road Safety Agency with the support of United Nations and other multilateral agencies, academia and civil society. WHO/PAHO supported the formulation of regulations, produced technical documents and promoted high-level meetings to advance the topic.

PAHO/WHO Colombia, through technical cooperation with the National Road Safety Agency, will support Colombia in subsequent steps to fully integrate the convention into national law and implement it.

For more details in Spanish, see the PAHO/WHO Colombia website.

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