P1: Road Safety Management
Road safety is a multi-sectoral issue which requires a multi-dimensional management system and adequate technical and financial resources to operate effectively. If provided with the necessary support systems, responsible agencies are able to develop and implement appropriate strategies, policies and plans thereby coordinating the various actors involved in road safety at all levels.
Effective Road Safety Management requires the establishment of appropriate safety support systems such as road safety legislation, a crash data system and data analyses that permit the problem to be fully understood and appropriate action taken to reduce the numbers and severity of casualties. Sufficient funding is essential for effective management and to allow effective horizontal and vertical coordination and integration of activities. For example, activities such as cross sector workshops and safety promotion events implemented at national level are more effective if supported simultaneously with some demonstration / pilot projects to stimulate road safety activities on that topic at local administrative level. Crash data systems and data analyses capability need to be established and non confidential data needs to be made available to all stakeholders so sector specific interventions can be devised.
Municipal Mayors and Provincial Governors need to be encouraged (and where necessary, required by law) to lead efforts by chairing local road safety committees and mobilising the resources available to them to reduce the deaths and injuries in their jurisdictions and communities. Road safety research will also need to be initiated within academic and scientific institutions. The courses and training provided in this Pillar supports effective road safety management, coordination. and funding
The training and support services provided by IRSC includes:
- Development of road safety legislation: covering all aspects of road safety management, all effective road safety instruments and international best practices e.g. seat-belts, speed, drink driving, mobile phone use, safety helmets, road safety audit and including training of traffic police, judiciary and technical experts etc.
- Aplication of ISO 39001 to assess safety management: Training in the development and application of assessment templates based on ISO 39001 to identify gaps and needs in safety management in relevant organisations.
- Development and establishment of sustainable funding mechanisms: to finance the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) secretariat activities and implementation of road safety programs and action plans including innovative funding mechanisms based on delivery of results.
- Training and assistance in Development of road safety strategies and action plans: including road safety performance indicators and risk mapping to direct and deploy resources where most needed.
- Road safety management and coordination activities at National and Municipal level: including training and establishment of appropriate bodies such as road safety councils and commissions and their technical secretariats. This topic includes training relevant personnel in crash data analyses, risk mapping, developing and implementing safety interventions and monitoring plus evaluation based on road safety performance measures.
Courses offered under this pillar are: