Integration of Road Safety in Other Policy Areas: Synergies and Conflicts

  • Published: European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), 2013
  • Authors: E. Townsend
  • Date Added: 12 Feb 2016
  • Last Update: 12 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

To look at what integration of road safety means in relation to several policy areas.

Methodology:

Investigation of the synergies and conflicts of integrating road safety into other policy areas.

Key Findings:

  • Integration of road safety into other policy areas can be understood as systematically taking the issues and mainstreaming it in other related fields of policy.

  • It is argued that useful synergies can be created and achieved and certain objectives can be met through integrating safety into other areas, in line with the Safe System approach.

  • For integration to achieve these benefits one needs to identify potential conflicts and look at ways to overcome them.

  • Three key policy areas were examined in detail: employment, environment and health. These topics were chosen as they arguably have the strongest links to road safety policy.

  • A longer list of other issues which represent a second tier of policy areas where there are clear links with road safety were also explored. These include trade and procurement, liveable cities, transport accessibility and equity, development co-operation, policing and tourism.

  • Road safety policy integration can add strength in achieving joint objectives, pooling of resources and greater efficiency.

  • Integration can also highlight conflicts where reaching one objective such as road safety, may have tensions for another.

  • On balance, though, it is argued that through looking at possible synergies and also potential conflicts, the end result should emerge stronger for all involved.

  • Integration should be an ongoing process which should be monitored and revised within a spirit of dialogue between representatives of different policy areas.

Themes: 

Provides ways in which road safety can be integrated into other policy areas

Comments:

Integration, Policy, Leadership

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