Road safety – The FFMC slams the door of the CNSR –

The FFMC slams the door of the CNSR

Road safety - The FFMC slams the door of the CNSR -

The FFMC slammed the door of the National Road Safety Council on Thursday, believing that its objective was misguided by becoming support for the government’s communication policy.

The National Road Safety Council (CNSR), responsible for making proposals to the government on this subject which has become "major national project"during the re-election of Jacques Chirac in 2002, met Thursday at the Ministry of Transport.

Installed by Jean-Claude Gayssot in 2001 (read in particular and), the CNSR is currently chaired by Robert Namias, who is also the news director of TF1 and husband of the producer Anne Barrère, herself responsible for the communication from … Bernadette Chirac, herself holder of a seat at the CNSR not in her capacity as the president’s wife but as "President of the French Hospital Foundation (read. In short, that beautiful people.

The French Federation of Angry Bikers also held a seat there until Thursday, April 1, the date chosen by its representative to slam the door of the noble institution by announcing that the FFMC would no longer participate in this "tool for promoting government policy on road safety", who has "lost all critical eye and serves as a guarantee for a road safety policy based exclusively on repression".

The FFMC, which was "congratulated on the establishment of the CNSR"and had"willingly participated in its work as an association representing biker users", therefore do not wish"give your backing to the drifts"current (automation of sanctions and generalization of repression), explains Frederic Brozdziak, member of the National Bureau and former representative at the CNSR.

Asked by our colleague from Moto Magazine on this departure, Namias let it be known that it was "absurd, scandalous and insulting in relation to the Council and other associations! Indeed, it has happened that the CNSR has generally approved the government’s policy for two years. But it’s not because it’s the government, it’s because the CNSR associations consider that these are good measures. !"

We can therefore easily imagine the great feeling of loneliness of the representative of the FFMC, who continues against all odds to denounce the automation of sanctions and to desperately preach for a road safety policy based on training rather than repression….

But with this departure, does the FFMC not risk being put on the sidelines of the decision-making process? Didn’t she have more chances, however small they might be, to make her voice heard by sitting on the CNSR rather than by excluding herself from it? Vast debate…

The CNSR also presented an IFOP survey on the acceptance by the French of new road safety measures. Carried out with a "representative sample"- made up of 75% of motorists – the study shows"a massive approval of the road safety policy, but not without reservation because everyone can see that the approved efficiency is mainly due to repression", explains Namias. Hence the sudden interest of the CNSR in the measures of"communication and training: public radio and television channels must offer free spaces for prevention campaigns", ignites the boss of the news of TF1. And the private channels?"The contribution of private channels belongs to them and the State does not have to intervene in their choice !, he tempers immediately before specifying that "on TF1, road safety advice is broadcast free of charge during the weather forecast, which is the most watched program on TV"…


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