Road Safety Manual
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2. Key developments in road safety

Key messages

  • Road safety is an urgent international development priority in view of the growing humanitarian crisis of road traffic injury in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Road safety is being linked with the broader visioin of sustainable development through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals
  • In support of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021–2030, a Global Plan has set a highly ambitious goal ‘to reduce road deaths and injuries by at least 50% by 2030. The Global Plan describes what is needed to achieve that target and calss on governments and partners to implement an integrated Safe System Approach.
  • A set of 12 voluntary Global Road Safety Performance Targets has been developed to help guide and monitor the combined efforts of individual countries towards the globall objectives.
  • International development organisations concerned with transport and health are promoting the paradigm shift to the ethical Safe System goal and strategy, which involves zero tolerance of the traditional trade-off between mobility and serious and fatal road injury.
  • Safe System is seen as particularly relevant for LMICs since it addresses the human vulnerabilities of all road users. It aligns with a range of international development goals and public policies for sustainable transport, occupational health and safety, child welfare, and social equity.
  • International development agencies emphasise that long-term governmental ownership and leadership is required. Political interest needs to be translated into ambitious long-term goals, step-wise targets, and provision of appropriate human and financial resources.
  • The safe planning, design, operation and use of the road network is recognised as a fundamental intervention strategy and the prime focus of this manual.


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