iRAP congratulates the Government of Vietnam on the release of their National Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 with 3-star or better targets set for new and existing roads, in line with UN Global Road Safety Performance Targets 3 and 4.
Approved by the Prime Minister, the Strategy includes for 100% of newly built national highways and provincial roads to be grade III or higher and 75% of the total length of the national highway network to reach 3 stars or more according to the standards of iRAP’s global road traffic safety assessment programme.
With a vision to 2045, the Strategy aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by road traffic crashes annually by 5-10 percent in a sustainable manner.
The iRAP methodology is free for all countries to use, with our Global Infrastructure KPIs providing the policy road map and recommended metrics for measuring success. Governments establishing their Road Safety Strategies and Action Plans can find supporting information here.
In March 2019, the Vietnamese Government became the first to make specific pledges of action to meet the road safety SDG target by 2030, at a ‘Round the World Roundtable’ in Hanoi attended by UN Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt. Vietnam’s Minister of Transport handed a baton containing the nation’s commitments to meet the Targets.
According to iRAP’s Vaccines for Roads Big Data Tool, achieving greater than 75% of travel on 3-star or better roads for all road users in Vietnam by 2030 stands to save 8,451 lives every year with an economic benefit of USD$82.4 billion – $22 for every $1 spent.