Over 200 nominated road safety stakeholders from Tanzania received specialist road safety training last week as part of the 10 Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure Pilot currently underway in the country.
The group of private sector consultants and engineers drawn from road development agencies, the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, road safety NGOs, financing organisations and academic institutions were selected by the project Steering Committee and Working Groups.
Developed in collaboration with global road safety and engineering experts, the 2-day course covered crash causation, the fundamental principles of road safety engineering based on a Safe System Approach, speed management, the economics of road safety, and the essential measures of a well-functioning road infrastructure safety management system.
Building capacity in Tanzania is a key deliverable of the 10 Steps Project and this was the first of 3 courses that will explore road safety engineering, iRAP assessments and road safety audits.
The training aims to address skill gaps and develop participant skills to deliver road safety projects that prioritise the safety of all road users and eliminate high-risk roads in the country.
The courses will be delivered as a mix of classroom based and virtual self-paced sessions, as well as practical on-the-job training delivered on projects launched through the pilot.
Those who successfully complete the iRAP training will be eligible to apply for supported iRAP Accreditation.
The Ten Step Pilot Project, jointly funded by the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) and the Global Road Safety Facility of the World Bank (GRSF), brings together the Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Works, TANROADS and Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), World Bank, International Road Federation (IRF), World Road Association (PIARC), International Road Assessment Program (iRAP), Tanzania Road Federation (TARA), research institutions, NGOs and industry stakeholders.
Tanzania is the first country to pilot the 10 Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure. It is designed to provide countries with a proven step by step process to build national capacity for safer road infrastructure and to help them achieve UN Targets 3 and 4. It is expected more countries will follow, learning from Tanzania’s experience.
For more information:
- On the 10 Step Pilot in Tanzania, click here
- To download the 10 Steps for Safer Road Infrastructure Resource, click here