Road Safety Management and Partnerships
While central government sets the regulatory framework for roads, vehicles and road users, and national road safety strategies, road safety delivery occurs primarily at the local level with local government being the lead delivery agent, working in partnership with many other agencies and stakeholders.
Good road safety management adopts the Safe System Approach advocated by the World Health Organisation. The safe system approach recognises that people make mistakes, and designs roads and vehicles to minimise the risk of crashes occurring, and to ensure that when they do occur, they are much less likely to result in death or serious injury. The Safe Systems Approach ensures that measures to prevent injuries extend beyond trying to change individual behaviour, and include changing vehicles, roads and vehicle speeds.
(AIRSO et al, 2015)
The Safe System Model or Vision Zero approaches to road safety are valuable, but need to be integrated with a common vision for a sustainable transport system developed in conjunction with energy, transport, health, environment, and education agencies.Two overarching themes emerging from the research include the importance of leadership for policy change and implementation, and addressing the more transformative aspects of intervening in a system.
(May et al, 2011)
Road safety efforts must be evidence-based, fully costed, properly resourced and sustainable.
(Peden et al, 2004)
Partnerships are needed because road traffic incidents (RTIs) do not have a single cause and no single organisation or sector can solve the global road safety challenge.
(Global Road Safety Partnership, 2011)
- Date Added: 03 Apr 2012, 03:05 PM
- Last Update: 12 Feb 2016, 11:01 AM