(PRWEB) December 07, 2012
Working with some of the largest and most successful infrastructure companies in the world, Global Road Technology will drive change on some of the world’s most dangerous roads.
The company is currently in India for a trade mission which will run from today until December 8, one of just six companies invited by the Premier of Queensland to forge the Australia relationship in a market worth $6.4 billion.
GRT recently launched in India and China to offer innovative and cost-effective solutions to building and maintaining safer roads to two countries that hold the worst road accident rates in the world.
GRT International Director Troy Adams says GRT is working closely with both provincial and central government agencies to recommend strategies on a crisis situation.
“We’re dealing with the two fastest growing economies in the world. Yes there are massive opportunities for Australian exporters in the consumer and services sector but more importantly, there is a massive opportunity to save lives.”
Approximately 1.3 million people die and up to 50 million people sustain injuries on the world’s roads every year with the highest rate of trauma occurring in India and China.
GRSP and GM China signed an agreement to jointly develop a Blue Paper on China's Urban Road Safety Sustainability in August this year, the country also increased investments in public health to better treat victims of road traffic accidents.
“Road accidents are the principal cause of death for people aged 10 and 24 in China and more than half of traffic-related deaths involve victims aged between 15 and 44.”
Mr Adams says the shocking statistics are largely due to the state of existing roads, inadequate infrastructure and the lack of time, resources and financial means to do anything about it.
“GRT roads cost substantially less then conventional road building methods and can be built at a rate of one kilometre a day creating instant infrastructure and a finished product in a matter of days.”
“The time it takes to build our roads saves considerable resources, materials, money and water and is cheaper, greener and longer lasting than conventional methods.”
According to The World Health Organisation, traffic accidents are the ninth leading cause of death globally with the carnage expected to increase to 2.4 million deaths each year by 2030.
It’s a humanitarian crisis that prompted the United Nations General Assembly to proclaim 2011 to 2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety and prompted this Australian company to pave the way for global reform.
It’s a cause close to his heart; Mr Adams tragically lost his father in a road traffic accident when he was just two years of age.
The company’s director, Jordan Paris also has first hand experience with what the UN has termed a ‘silent epidemic’.
He is one of Australia’s youngest car crash survivors born three and a half months premature after his mother was involved in a serious accident and will champion a road safety education program the company plans to launch in schools across India and China.
Director of GRT India, Mr James says they plan to make a massive impact on Indian infrastructure but it would be a long road to recovery for a system in chaos.
“Indian roads are claiming young lives in epidemic proportions. According to India Government data, a shocking 32.4 per cent of road accident victims are young adults between the ages of 15 and 24,” Mr James said.
“We lose about 1,400 lives in Australia on our roads each year, in India, 130,000 people were killed in 2010 alone. Highways are narrow and congested with poor surface quality and an astounding 40 percent of India’s villages have no access to all-weather roads.”
In Australia, the company is focussed on improving rural and mine haulage roads, a system that the Australian Rural Road Group has described as a ‘third-world, overly-politicised mess.’
Recent dry spells have communities around the country rallying local governments to water down the roads and alleviate problems associated with dust.
Mr Adams says driving errors that are manageable on urban roads become deadly on rural highways.
“Local roads represent almost 80% of all our roads when measured in kilometres and are the biggest single factor for business efficiency, domestic and export market success, social connectedness and community safety in rural, regional and remote Australia.”
“Our infrastructure is failing to support efficient agricultural business and can not support the huge development of mining activity occurring in many of our rural areas,” Mr Adams said.
According to the Australian Rural Roads Group, Australia’s local roads are valued at around $75 billion dollars and are underfunded by around 3 billion dollars each year.
GRT is currently working on major highways and freeways, haulage, industrial and rural roads and tarmacs, hardstand areas and water repellent pavements in the mining, farming and new infrastructure industries.
“The focus is on programs that rethink the relationship between people and roads, to keep industries moving, create better roads for rural communities and safer road infrastructure in low to middle income countries.”