19:06 | 13/10/2021 Society
Before Vietnam’s national helmet law was enacted 15 years ago, social activist Greig Craft became a celebrity throughout Vietnam by always wearing one of his ‘tropical helmets’ whether on planes, trains or automobiles when almost none of the country did. He wanted to make a point that it was imperative to do so.
He has also donated more than one million free helmets to school children throughout the country and in much of the developing world including Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America during the past 22 years. This passion led to the establishment of several internationally known organizations, including AIP Foundation, AA Vietnam and the nonprofit Protec Tropical Helmet Factory, employing people living with disabilities, often victims from traffic injuries
|Mr Greig Craft|
On September 27, Greig Craft, living in Vietnam for 32 years, was elected president of the FIA Asia-Pacific Region II, one of four global regions of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile). The FIA is well known for motor sports and mobility, including the Formula One Grand Prix and other international sporting events, road safety, environmental issues and air quality. The FIA is a global organization that promotes safe, sustainable and accessible motorsport and mobility for all communities. Greig Craft has also been appointed to the FIA World Council in Geneva.
The FIA Asia-Pacific Region II has 32 million members in 21 Asia-Pacific countries including Vietnam, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ceylon, China, Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand. Asia-Pacific countries account for 50% of the world’s population. They are all significantly involved with tourism, environment, roadside assistance, insurance and road safety.
Craft received Vietnam's highest honor for foreigners - the Presidential Order of Friendship Medal in 2011 - for his innovations and contributions to road safety, culminating in Vietnam's national helmet wearing law in 2007. He has twice been awarded the Prince Michael Award for International Road Safety from HRH Prince Michael of Kent, and the King Norodom Royal Order of Sahametrei from Cambodian King Norodom. He was most recently honored with the FIA Road Safety Award For Outstanding Contribution to Improving Road Safety by an Individual in Monaco.
In his new position as President of FIA Asia-Pacific Region II, Greig Craft will endeavor to bring more FIA attention to air quality and environmental impacts, especially in Asia-Pacific, as a result of transport pollution. In addition to Road Safety and Tourism within FIA Region II, Greig Craft believes air quality should be a high priority for the transportation industry. “Poor air quality is a contributory factor in the deaths of at least 3.1 million people annually, and motorized traffic is a significant source of major pollutants”, says Craft. “We must take action now, not later, especially in Asia-Pacific”.