Towards Zero: Ambitious Road Safety Targets and the Safe System Approach


The JTRC report "Towards Zero: Ambitious Road Safety Targets and the Safe System Approach was released in October 2008. It is the result of a three-year co-operative effort by an international group of safety experts representing 22 countries, as well as the World Bank, the World Health Organisation and the FIA Foundation. The Working Group was chaired by Mr. Eric Howard (Australia).

Most countries have achieved significant improvements in road safety over many years, but many are finding further improvements progressively more difficult to achieve. At the same time, there is still quite a disparity in overall road safety performance in member countries and some countries have seen their road safety situation worsen in recent years.

Ambitious targets have been set either by individual countries or at international level to reduce the number of road casualties. However, few countries are on track to achieve their targets.

The report takes stock of recent developments and initiatives in OECD and International Transport Forum member countries to meet increasingly ambitious road safety targets. It highlights the institutional management changes required in many countries to implement effective interventions through a strong focus on results, and builds the economic case for road safety investment.


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