The 3-star coalition

The 3-star coalition

A growing coalition of organisations in the USA is calling for safe roads to be built in developing countries, where 9 out 10 of the world’s road deaths occur.

The 3-star coalition, led by the Fund for Global Health and including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), seeks to build a healthier world by advocating for the design and construction of safer roads in developing countries.

Specifically, the coalition is calling for roads in developing countries to be built to a minimum 3-star safety standard for all road users.

To find our more and join the 3-star coalition, visit: http://www.fundforglobalhealth.org/join-the-3-star-coalition/.

Take part in upcoming iRAP training events

Take part in upcoming iRAP training events

There are now many opportunities to take part in training on iRAP assessments:

30 April 2015, ADB headquarters, Philippines: learn how to Star Rate roads and see how iRAP tools are supporting local and national road safety initiatives at the Asia Pacific Workshop. Register now.

22 May, 2015, Malaysia: learn how road safety can be incorporated in performance based contracts at the IRF Executive Certified Training Program. Register now.

21 – 25 September 2015, UK: this 5-day course at the University of Birmingham introduces to participants the iRAP technology for evaluating the safety impact of road infrastructure. Register now.

RAPcapacity online courses let you learn how to undertake iRAP-specification road assessments, at your own pace. Register now.  

National highway safety program enters a new phase in China

National highway safety program enters a new phase in China

China’s State Council has endorsed an implementation guide for the next phase of the Highway Safety Enhancement Project (HSEP), titled highway safety to cherish life.

The guide is an update of an earlier edition and includes new recommendations for safety facilities and instructions on the use of ChinaRAP risk assessments.

Tiejun Zhang from the Ministry of Transport Research Institute of Highway (RIOH) and member of the iRAP Global Technical Committee was a lead author of the new guide, which will be trialled in numerous provinces during the next two years.

The HSEP was established in 2004 and in its first ten years more than CNY 30 billion (USD 4.8 billion) was invested in improving approximately 366,000km of roads.

The Building ChinaRAP initiative is a partnership of RIOH and iRAP and is supported by the FIA Foundation, World Bank GRSF and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Planning safer roads in Papua New Guinea

Planning safer roads in Papua New Guinea

Risk assessments are now being undertaken on 4,500km of priority national highways in Papua New Guinea.

The assessments, which are being led by the Department of Works, are part of the fulfilment of the national transport strategy aim to introduce safety management systems that can be used to identify and mitigate safety risks from road layout and use.

The project, which has been able to leverage road asset data collected in a previous project, includes producing road safety Star Ratings and Safer Roads Investment Plans and training.

The project is part of the Papua New Guinea – Australia Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP).

Minister flags Star Ratings for roads in Britain

Minister flags Star Ratings for roads in Britain

The UK Roads Minister, Robert Goodwill, has announced that roads in Britain could soon be officially given ‘star ratings’ for safety by road authorities.

Speaking at a launch of EuroRAP results in Britain, Mr Goodwill said the Highways Agency and councils had been asked to “consider the merits” of officially adopting a five-star rating system.

The announcement was at the launch of the Road Safety Foundation report commissioned by major insurer Ageas, Making Road Safety Pay, which recommended that minimum in-built safety levels of 4-stars are needed for the busiest national roads in Britain and minimum 3-stars for all other national roads by 2025.

The report also recommended that major local authority roads needed to achieve the minimum 3-star level by 2030 with much safety upgrading undertaken during routine maintenance – a strategy also recently endorsed by the Catalan regional government in Spain following work in partnership with EuroRAP Member RACC.

Minister flags Star Ratings for roads in Britain

Ministro anuncia Clasificaciones por Estrellas para las vías de Gran Bretaña

El ministro de vías del Reino Unido, Robert Goodwill, ha anunciado que las autoridades viales de Gran Bretaña pronto otorgarán oficialmente “clasificaciones por estrellas” a las vías de acuerdo con su nivel de seguridad.

Durante el lanzamiento de los resultados de EuroRAP en Gran Bretaña, el Sr. Goodwill indicó que se ha pedido a la Agencia Vial y a los municipios que “consideren los méritos” de adoptar oficialmente un sistema de clasificación de cinco estrellas.

El anuncio se dio durante el lanzamiento del informe de la Road Safety Foundation (Fundación para la Seguridad Vial) realizado por encargo de una importante aseguradora, Ageas, Making Road Safety Pay, que recomendó niveles de seguridad de no menos de 4 estrellas para las carreteras nacionales más transitadas en Gran Bretaña y de 3 estrellas como mínimo para todas las otras vías nacionales para el año 2025.

El informe también recomendó que las principales vías a cargo de la autoridad local alcancen el nivel mínimo de 3 estrellas para el año 2030 y que se realicen significativas mejoras de seguridad durante el mantenimiento de rutina – una estrategia que ha sido recientemente avalada por el gobierno regional de Cataluña en España luego de trabajar junto con RACC, miembro de EuroRAP.

Road assessments in Uruguay begin

Road assessments in Uruguay begin

Road safety experts met in Montevideo, the site of the first football World Cup, to kick-off iRAP assessments in Uruguay.

The assessments, led by the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP) and supported by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), will span some 4,000km of roads, including 1,700km of concession highways. Mexican firm SEMIC is expected to begin the road surveys in January 2015.

According to the National Road Safety Unit (UNASEV) in the first 10 months of 2014, 444 people died in traffic crashes, 40% of which occurred on national roads.

Road assessments in Uruguay begin

Se inician las evaluaciones viales en Uruguay

Los expertos en seguridad vial se reunieron en Montevideo, sede de la primera Copa Mundial de fútbol, para dar inicio a las evaluaciones del iRAP en Uruguay.

Las evaluaciones, lideradas por el Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Públicas (MTOP) con el apoyo del Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF), abarcarán cerca de 4,000 km de vías, incluidos 1,700 km de autopistas en concesión. Se espera que la empresa mexicana, SEMIC inicie las inspecciones viales en enero de 2015.

De acuerdo con la Unidad Nacional de Seguridad Vial (UNASEV) en los primeros 10 meses de 2014, 444 personas fallecieron en colisiones viales, de las cuales 40% ocurrieron en carreteras nacionales.

Save the date: iRAP Asia Pacific Workshop

Save the date: iRAP Asia Pacific Workshop

The next iRAP Asia Pacific Workshop will be held on 30 April 2015 in Manila, Philippines.

The workshop forms part of the Asia Pacific Road Safety 2015 conference (28-30 April 2015), an initiative of the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and iRAP.

This year, the iRAP workshop will focus on training participants in techniques to produce and interpret road safety Star Ratings, including interactive sessions using the Star Rating Demonstrator (available at http://vida.irap.org).

More information will be available shortly at irap.org.

Save the date: iRAP Asia Pacific Workshop

Guarde la fecha: Taller de iRAP Asia Pacífico

El próximo taller de iRAP Asia Pacífico se realizará el 30 de abril de 2015 en Manila, Filipinas.

El taller forma parte de la conferencia de seguridad vial de Asia Pacífico 2015 (28 al 30 de abril de 2015), una iniciativa de la Alianza Mundial para la Seguridad Vial (GRSP), el Banco Asiático de Desarrollo (ADB) e iRAP.

Este año, el taller del iRAP se centrará en capacitar a los participantes en técnicas para producir e interpretar las Clasificaciones por Estrellas para la seguridad vial, incluyendo sesiones interactivas usando el Demostrador de la Clasificación por Estrellas (disponible en http://vida.irap.org).

Pronto estará disponible más información en irap.org.

AIRSO 50th Anniversary Road Safety Award

AIRSO 50th Anniversary Road Safety Award

iRAP’s Dr Steve Lawson recently received an AIRSO 50th Anniversary Road Safety Award in recognition of his significant and lasting contribution to road safety.

Steve Lawson’s work over 35 years includes research to reduce single-vehicle crashes and those involving young pedestrians, work on traffic cameras and red-light running, and supporting the development and application of protocols used by EuroRAP and iRAP.

AIRSO is a charity and independent membership organisation based in the United Kingdom and was established in 1965. The 50th anniversary awards were presented by Tim Stevenson OBE, Lord Lieutenant for Oxfordshire.

AIRSO 50th Anniversary Road Safety Award

Premio a la seguridad vial por el 50 aniversario de AIRSO

El Dr Steve Lawson del iRAP recientemente fue galardonado con un Premio a la Seguridad Vial por el 50 aniversario de AIRSO en reconocimiento a su contribución significativa y duradera a la seguridad vial.

El trabajo de Steve Lawson en los últimos 35 años incluye investigaciones para reducir las colisiones de un solo vehículo y aquellas que involucran a peatones jóvenes, el trabajo en cámaras de tránsito y cruce de semáforos en rojo, y el apoyo al desarrollo y aplicación de protocolos usados por EuroRAP e iRAP.

AIRSO es una organización benéfica e independiente con sede en el Reino Unido que se estableció en 1965. Los premios por el 50 aniversario fueron presentados por Tim Stevenson OBE, Lord Lieutenant para Oxfordshire.

Interactive Star Rating results for Indian roads now online

Interactive Star Rating results for Indian roads now online

With iRAP’s online software, ViDA, you can now explore road safety Star Rating results for more than 6,000km of roads in India.

Additional assessments in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are also nearing completion, which will lift the total length to more than 10,000km.

Importantly, many of the roads assessed are linked with Government and World Bank financed upgrade projects that have a road safety focus. In fact, designs for some 20% of roads assessed are complete and construction is already underway on many roads.

Registering to use ViDA as a ‘Reader’ account holder is free and enables you to view high-level road data, Star Ratings and Investment Plan reports. Find out more by visiting: http://vida.irap.org.

Interactive Star Rating results for Indian roads now online

Ya están disponibles en línea los resultados interactivos de la Clasificación por Estrellas para las carreteras en la India

A través de VIDA, el software en línea de RAP, ahora puede explorar los resultados de la Clasificación por Estrellas para la seguridad vial de más de 6,000 km de carreteras en la India.

Las evaluaciones adicionales en Tamil Nadu y Uttar Pradesh ya están por completarse, lo que permitirá incrementar la extensión total a más de 10,000km.

Cabe destacar que muchas de las vías evaluadas están vinculadas a proyectos de mejora financiados por el Gobierno y el Banco Mundial cuyo objetivo primario es la seguridad vial. De hecho, se han completado los diseños para cerca de 20% de las vías evaluadas y la construcción ya está en marcha en gran parte de las vías.

El registro para usar ViDA como titular de cuenta de tipo ‘Lector’ es gratuito y le permite ver datos viales de alto nivel, las Clasificaciones por Estrellas y los informes de los Planes de Inversión. Para más información, visite: http://vida.irap.org.

Safer Roads by Design Certified Training Program

Safer Roads by Design Certified Training Program

The next IRF Safer Roads By Design Across Six Continents training program will be held in Malaysia from 15 to 25 March 2015.

One of the world’s most comprehensive road safety training programs, Safer Roads by Design helps road authorities meet their Decade of Action commitment to reduce fatalities by 50 percent by 2020.

The ten day program will include a session on using the iRAP methodology to systemically apply safety countermeasures. The session will involve interactive use of the Star Rating Demonstrator (available at http://vida.irap.org).

Find out more and register by visiting: https://www.irfnews.org/event/safer-roads-by-design-1503/.

Safer Roads by Design Certified Training Program

Programa de capacitación certificada de Safer Roads by Design

El próximo programa de capacitación de Safer Roads By Design Across Six Continents de IRF se llevará a cabo en Malasia del 15 al 25 de marzo de 2015.

Como uno de los programas de capacitación en seguridad vial más exhaustivos, Safer Roads by Design ayuda a las autoridades viales a cumplir con su compromiso del Decenio de Acción de reducir el 50% de las muertes para 2020.

El programa de diez días incluirá una sesión sobre el uso de la metodología del iRAP para aplicar sistemáticamente contramedidas de seguridad. La sesión incluirá el uso interactivo del Demostrador de la Clasificación por Estrellas (disponible en http://vida.irap.org).

Si desea registrarse y obtener más información, visite: https://www.irfnews.org/event/safer-roads-by-design-1503/.

Do you want to develop life-saving software?

Do you want to develop life-saving software?

iRAP is seeking a Senior Frontend Web Developer/UI Engineer to join our award-winning road safety team.

Based in iRAP headquarters in Basingstoke, UK, you will be part of the team that develops and supports iRAP software and systems, especially ViDA (http://vida.irap.org).

We have an extensive list of products in the development pipeline, including tools to help star rate road designs, integrated star rating, crash data and GIS systems, speed management tools and new ViDA modules that help explore how to create a fatality free road in combination with vehicle and other technologies.

Full details of the position, including a list of essential skills and desirable skills, are available here.

Do you want to develop life-saving software?

¿Quisiera desarrollar un software que permita salvar vidas?

iRAP está buscando a un desarrollador web (frontend) de nivel senior/ingeniero de interfaces para que forme parte de nuestro galardonado equipo de seguridad vial.

Con sede en la oficina central de iRAP en Basingstoke, Reino Unido, usted pasaría a formar parte del equipo encargado de desarrollar y brindar soporte al software y los sistemas del iRAP, especialmente ViDA (http://vida.irap.org).

Tenemos una extensa lista de productos en nuestra cartera de proyectos, incluyendo herramientas para ayudar a clasificar por estrellas los diseños de vías, la clasificación por estrellas integrada, los datos de colisiones y sistemas de GIS, las herramientas para el control de la velocidad y nuevos módulos de ViDA que ayudan a explorar cómo crear una vía libre de accidentes mortales en combinación con tecnologías de vehículos y otras tecnologías.

Mayores detalles del puesto, incluida una lista de habilidades esenciales y deseables, están disponibles aquí.

MOU signed with State of Qatar

MOU signed with State of Qatar

iRAP has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ during the annual general conference organised by the Automobile International Federation (FIA) in Doha. The conference was hosted by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle...

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