As the Iranian New Year holiday comes to an end, it is estimated thatbetween 500 and 700 Iranians lost their lives in road accidents during the two weeks’ holiday, from 20 March to early April.
While road fatalities are not unique to Iran, the failure of successive Iranian governments over the last two decades to regulate safety standards in the car industry and effectively maintain the road network has made Iran .
Two years ago, the United Nations’s general assembly called on member states to “implement road safety activities”, particularly in the areas of road safety management, road infrastructure and vehicle safety. It declared that the years from 2011 to 2020 should be “the decade of action for road safety”. This message clearly didn’t resonate in Tehran.