This report, supported by a grant from the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, explores the challenges being faced by local authorities when it comes to improving road safety and proposes a variety of possible solutions.
Serious crashes on inter-urban roads may be slashed by a quarter over the next 30-40 years with the introduction of automated vehicles. However, the journey may be far from easy, with a mixed fleet transition and vital need for roads that cars can read, according to a EuroRAP and RSF report released today.
SUPPORTER OF THE DECADE OF ACTION 2011-2020
The United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety and the road safety targets within the Sustainable Development Goals have been developed in recognition that the current road safety situation constitutes a crisis with devastating health, social and economic impacts that threaten health and development.
ROAD SAFETY FOUNDATION
The Road Safety Foundation is a UK charity advocating road casualty reduction through simultaneous action on all three components of the safe road system: roads, vehicles and behaviour.
The charity has enabled work across each of these components and several of our published reports have provided the basis of new legislation or government policy.
For the last 18 years, the charity has focused on leading the establishment of the European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP) and more recently the work first developed by RSF has fed into the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP). Since the inception of EuroRAP in 1999, the Foundation has been the UK Member responsible for managing the programme in the UK (and, more recently, Ireland), ensuring the UK provides a global model of what can be achieved.
The Foundation plays a pivotal role in raising awareness and understanding of the importance of road infrastructure at all levels through:
- Regular publication of EuroRAP safety rating measures which can be understood by the general public, policy makers and professionals alike
- Issuing guidance on the use of EuroRAP protocols and working with road authorities to improve the safety of the road infrastructure for which they are responsible
- Proposing the strategies and goals that the Government should set in order to save tens of thousands of lives and disabling injuries
The Road Safety Foundation is a founder member of the FIA Foundation and frequently works with other FIA members in Britain and abroad. We also work closely with other road safety orgnaisations including the RAC Foundation, AA, IAM, RoadSafe, PACTS and professional bodies such as ADEPT.
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