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What is Star Rating?

Star Ratings are based on road inspection data and provide a simple and objective measure of the level of safety which is ‘built-in’ to the road for vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Five-star roads are the safest while one-star roads are the least safe.

Broadly speaking, every extra star rating results in a halving of crash cost in terms of the number of people who are killed and seriously injured. Importantly, Star Ratings can be completed worldwide, in urban and rural areas and without reference to detailed crash data, which is often unavailable in low-income and middle-income countries, or is sparse in high-performing high-income countries striving for vision zero outcomes.

Star Rating Guide – what makes a road safe? (Graphic included in the 2018 WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety)

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