The Mexican Senate has passed the ‘General Law of Mobility and Road Safety’ bill which aims to improve safety on the country’s road.
The bill, which is comprised of 82 articles, also calls for ‘effective, inclusive and sustainable mobility of persons and goods, quality in road infrastructure and safer speeds’.
Furthermore, it supports regulations concerning blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels and the mandatory use of proper child restraint systems, seat belts and helmets for motorcyclists.
The Safe Mobility Coalition (Coalición Movilidad Segura); a cluster of 61 non-governmental organizations has actively advocated for the bill since 2014.
Originally, the bill was passed in December of 2021, which was followed by approval by the Chamber of Deputies and the Metropolitan Zones and Mobility Commission. It was circled back to the Mexican Senate thereafter, where it was finally approved under certain modifications. Once Mexico’s Official Journal of the Federation (DOF) publishes it, the implementation process will commence.
Alejandra Leal, general coordinator of the Safe Mobility Coalition, said the bill is important as it ‘establishes that road crashes resulting in death are not acceptable.’