Road Safety Management and Partnerships

Road Safety Management and Partnerships

Summary:

  • Responsibility for road safety lies with both the Department for Transport (DfT) and local authorities. In 2011 the DfT’s Strategic Framework for Road Safety outlined a framework for road safety and how interventions to reduce road traffic incidents (RTIs) would be put in place at a national and local level.

  • The 3 E’s approach (Engineering, Education and Enforcement) to road safety is well known but research suggests that a Safe System approach which encompasses a number of additional factors including energy, transport, health, deprivation and environment is seen to be more beneficial.

  • It is also well known that road safety interventions should be based on accurate evidence, adequately financed, resourced and have long lasting impacts. Such interventions also require monitoring and evaluation over time.

  • Before interventions are put in place it is important to have a strong base of institutional management functions. If interventions are built on these functions then positive results can follow.

  • Partnership working has a positive impact on road safety as it brings together a number of different organisations which could not make such an impact alone. Road safety partnerships are often made up of organisations such as the police, fire services, charities, local authorities and the NHS amongst others. Effective communication between partners is vital to ensure that partnership has an effect on reducing RTIs.

  • In recent times funding has been reduced for road safety partnerships, although many involved are still proactive some organisations have had to pull away to focus on their own organisation’s responsibilities.

  • Date Added: 03 Apr 2012, 03:05 PM
  • Last Update: 10 Jul 2013, 02:38 PM