iRAP and its partners have now assessed the safety of 1.5 million km of road, helped make over US$80 billion of infrastructure investment safer, trained nearly 30,000 engineers and road safety practitioners and informed safer school journeys in every continent.
iRAP CEO Rob McInerney said iRAP’s vision for a world free of high-risk roads for all road users is achievable and thanked the thousands of partners worldwide who have now extended the charity’s impact to more than 100 countries.
“iRAP and our partners have helped eliminate high-risk roads, high-risk streets and high-risk journeys to school across the world. We are united in our passion to save lives and reduce road trauma and appreciate the amazing support of our major donor, the FIA Foundation, to make it all happen.
“We are so proud of the incredible work of local road assessment programmes and partners like BrazilRAP, EuroRAP, ThaiRAP, MyRAP, IndiaRAP, usRAP, KiwiRAP, ChinaRAP, AusRAP and SARAP. Our development partners like the Global Road Safety Facility and all of the multi-lateral development banks. Our Star Rating for Schools sponsor FedEx and global partner 3M and all of the SR4S Lead Partners. Together they are identifying and assessing high-risk roads, mobilising investment, ensuring road designs and upgrades meet the 3-star or better global standard and advocating in the corridors of power and streets of their communities to eliminate high-risk roads for all road users.
“They are road safety champions of the highest order and iRAP is proud to support them in driving change that is saving lives every day,” Mr McInerney said.
In a released video statement to winners, HRH Prince Michael of Kent said, “Your achievements are significant, not just because they’re innovative, but because they’ve actually saved lives and will continue to do so in the future.
“Your commitment will certainly help to achieve the ambitious targets being set for the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety and your programme will provide encouragement for others,” he said.
Rob said, “We look forward to supporting countries in the Second Decade of Action to achieve the SDGs and UN Global Road Safety Performance Targets 3 and 4 – for all new roads to be 3-star or better and more than 75 per cent of travel to be on the equivalent of 3-star or better for all road users by 2030,” he said
Achieving the target for more than 75 per cent of travel on 3-star or better roads for all road users by 2030 will save 450,000 lives per year with $8 of savings for every $1 invested. The investment will save lives, save the health system and create jobs ensuring a win-win-win for all.
“High impact locally-led road assessment programmes with local experts will be key,” Rob added, “and iRAP stands ready to support countries with tools like Risk Mapping, Star Rating, Investment Plans, Star Rating for Schools, Star Rating for Designs and our Training and Accreditation Programme to build the local skills needed for life-saving success.”
Due to COVID travel restrictions, the 2020 Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards will be presented in a series of webinars aimed at promoting winners’ achievements and aim to link stakeholders who can benefit from winners’ experience and knowledge.
See Prince Michael’s video announcement to winners below: