The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) have re-signed a Centre of Excellence agreement today, ensuring RAP protocols and models continue to benefit from the evidence-based research undertaken by the Institute.
Speaking from the virtual signing ceremony today which was held during ASEAN Road Safety Week in a very tight SOP compliance, MIROS Director-General Honorary Assistant Commissioner (CD) Ir. Ts. Dr. Khairil Anwar bin Abu Kassim, Adjunct Professor, said we are delighted to announce our continued partnership with iRAP as a Centre of Excellence alongside 10 other world-leading research institutions.
“MyRAP, the road assessment programme for Malaysia, was launched in 2019 and uses the evidence-based Star Rating methodology and investment planning tools to assess high-risk roads and inform investment in 3-star or better road infrastructure. We are pleased to be involved in the use and ongoing development of the protocols, helping to ensure they take into account the latest research and technical innovation,” Dr Khairil said.
iRAP CEO Rob McInerney who participated in the event by video said MIROS conducts world-leading road safety research in five pillars including better roads and safer drives and MyRAP is a regional leader in improving the safety of its road network.
“As a member of iRAP’s Global Technical Committee, MIROS’s expertise informs the iRAP protocols, tools and innovation framework offered for free for the benefit of all countries.
“Just one area of MIROS’ expertise is motorcycle safety. With 67 per cent of travel on the world’s roads rated an unsafe 1- to 2-stars in safety for motorcyclists, MIROS’ research is valuable for informing our model for this road user group and saving lives. MIROS is supporting MyRAP’s work in collaboration with ThaiRAP, IndiaRAP and ChinaRAP to advance motorcyclist safety in Asia,” Mr McInerney said.
“We are proud to partner with MIROS and all our iRAP Centres of Excellence to provide the evidence-based global standard for road infrastructure safety to support achievement of UN Targets 3 and 4 by 2030 to save 450,000 lives a year,” he added.
Hear Rob’s speech:
For more information:
- Click here for information on iRAP’s Centres of Excellence in 11 countries.
- Click here for information on iRAP Protocols
- Click here for recent MIROS’ research related to better roads and safer drives
- Download the MyRAP case study.
- View the video on how MyRAP, ChinaRAP, IndiaRAP and ThaiRAP are working to save lives in the Asian region, with the global support of iRAP, FIA Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Global Road Safety Facility.