The local streets of Iran are places where there is no guarantee of life for car drivers. Accidents and the death of people on the roads are more than just accidents; they are the result of a very wrong and incompetent policy that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been applying in Iran for 40 years.
If International standards were met, would the death toll on Iran’s roads be as high?
The ISO39001 standard for the management of road transport safety was first reviewed in 2008 under the responsibility of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO / TC 241) Technical Committee to reduce losses and injuries due to road accidents.
Is the road safety management system in Iran under the jurisdiction of the Islamic Republic of Iran to any degree in compliance with the above standards? If so, why is there such a large death toll from accidents on Iran’s roads?
The crash rate in Iran is 100 times of the world
Rouhani’s health minister admitted last year that “the crash rate in Iran, especially in heavy vehicles, is one hundred times of the world.”
The ISNA website, on October 9, 2018, quoted the police chief of Khorasan province in a report titled “Driving accidents; second death factor in Iran” assaying: “Over the past decade, about 250,000 people have died and more than two million were injured and about 55 to 65 people have been killed and 600 to 700 injured daily.” He called the crashes in Iran a “hidden war.”
The official TV channel of the Islamic Republic on October 5 said: “Since 2005, more than 4 million people have been injured and 277,000 have been killed as a result of road accidents.”
According to these official figures, it means that 44 people a day, more than 16,000 per year, were killed. This is equivalent to the fall of more than 160 Boeing MB.
Perhaps it would seem more tragic if we heard that 3 aircraft had crashed weekly each carrying 100 passengers. Such an event in any country would trigger a socio-political crisis.
One Iranian official in the government media said: “The death toll of Iran’s roads is as much as the Iran-Iraq war.”
What is the main cause?
The regime’s media reports claim ridiculously that high speed and negligence are the main cause of all these fatal accidents.
The police are trying to blame drivers, that is to say that Iranians are not good drivers.
In accidents three elements play a role, car, road and driver. Among them, the most important is the road factor. This is due to the fact that Iran’s roads lack international standards.
Another important factor in car accident fatalities is the car. The production of millions of insecure and non-standard cars by Iran is one of the most important causes of road casualties. For example, Iranian automaker SAIPA’s Pride car is known as a moving coffin, and in most of the crashes leading to the deaths of drivers and occupants, Pride cars were involved.
The use of worn-out cars is another factor that raises accident casualties.
Citizens of the country that has the second and third largest reserves of oil and gas in the world are forced to use worn-out cars because of poverty.
It is worth noting that 7% of the gross domestic product worth $ 31 billion is used for the cost of accidents. This is while the country’s development budget is $ 9 billion annually. That means the cost of accidents is 3.5 times the country’s development budget.
In recent years, Iran has ranked 189 out of 190 countries in terms of unsafe driving accidents, with only Sierra Leone, in the west of the African continent, with a worse situation than Iran.
The rate of traffic accidents in Iran is 25 times higher than Japan and twice that of Turkey. In the UK, although there are up to three times higher number of cars than Iran, car accidents are around 32 times less.
Is having these many car accidents really the fault of Iranian drivers as the regime tries to make out?