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This autumn, A-Katsastus campaigns for children’s traffic safety in Finland

A-Katsastus campaigns for children's traffic safety
Number of defects in vehicle lights on the increase for the last few years

This autumn A-Katsastus campaigns for children’s traffic safety

A-Katsastus is conducting a campaign for children's traffic safety for the rest of the year and distributing high-visibility vests to elementary school pupils. The vest campaign, run in connection with inspection invitations, aims to remind drivers about the importance of seeing and being seen to traffic safety.

A-Katsastus has published model and make-specific statistics in vehicle defects in Finland since 2009 and the increase in the number of defects in vehicle lights is a clear trend. Older statistics show that the number of defects in lights has been increasing for the past decade.

A-Katsastus has inspected approximately 680,000 vehicles this year. A total of nearly 280,000 light-related defects were detected during these inspections. Defects in lights are found in one out of three cars at vehicle inspections. Repair is often left to the driver, as a car is not always called back for re-inspection for mere lighting defects.

“This trend made us think how we could promote traffic safety in addition to our own work,” says Outi Arola, Head of Communications for A-Katsastus.

“The visibility of schoolchildren travelling by bike or foot in traffic is especially current during dark autumn days and nights and we want to remind drivers about the importance of seeing and being seen to traffic safety with the vest campaign being run in connection with inspection invitations. During the campaign, we will donate high-visibility vests to Finnish elementary school pupils,” says Arola.

According to Hannu Pellikka, Technical Director for A-Katsastus, all car drivers can prepare for the dark and rainy season by checking, at the very least, the condition of their vehicle’s lights, windshield and windshield wipers as well as by ensuring that any request for repair received during inspection has been followed up on and the defects have been repaired.

“It is important to follow the repair deadlines for requests for repair. Even if a defect doesn't result in rejection, requests for repair should always be taken seriously. All defects can affect traffic safety,” says Pellikka.

For further information, please contact:

Outi Arola, Head of Communications, A-Katsastus Group, tel. +358 45 632 2007
Hannu Pellikka, Technical Director, A-Katsastus Group, tel. +358 45 632 2022