RAP in Europe
On November 7, the EuroRAP General Assembly took an historic step and unanimously voted for the dissolution of the EuroRAP entity. After 21 years of existence, the RAP programme in Europe is now being integrated into iRAP, the International Road Assessment Programme.
EuroRAP members have been instrumental in laying the foundation and inspiration for the Global Programme, which is now active in nearly 130 countries.
Today, with this integration, RAP partners across Europe will benefit from having a streamlined administration and a more productive use of donor and partner resources.
The integration does not affect how you can make use of the iRAP tools, methodology, and resources which are already in extensive use across the region. These will remain freely available, as they currently are worldwide, for the benefit of all in road safety. Most importantly, the integration leverages iRAP’s well-established organizational structure, shaped around innovation and development, programme support, and delivery of strategic projects.
The iRAP Safety Insights Explorer shines a light on the true scale of road crashes, the safety of the world’s roads, and the positive impact that can be made with investment.
Where we work
- Nearly 223,000 km Roads and Designs Star Rated, along with 91 schools
- Over 1.5 million km Crash rates Risk Mapped
- More than 8,200 people have received iRAP training at events held in Europe, along with nearly 3,000 people who have benefited from iRAP global/on-line trainings and events.
- 52 iRAP Accredited practitioners in 16 European countries
- Over €25.2 billion (USD$27 billion) of road infrastructure investment made safer informed by RAP assessments
- 15 national/regional policies include RAP metrics, including National Road Safety Strategies and Action Plans for Croatia, Greece, Slovenia, Georgia and the UK
European Institute of Road Assessment
Showcasing a selecting of multi-country major projects that have occurred in Europe over time. Led by various partners in Europe.
Latest news from Europe
Europe trends – challenges and opportunities
Between 2001 and 2010, the number of road deaths in the EU decreased by 43%, and between 2010 and 2018 by a further 21%. Recent data for 2019-2020 shows a 17% decrease in road deaths. However, in 2020, there were still 42 road deaths per million inhabitants of the EU (Source: ETSC). This is an unacceptable and unnecessary human and social price to pay for mobility. The yearly cost of road crashes in the EU has been estimated in a new study to be around EUR 280 billion, equivalent to about 2% of GDP5. Almost half of road victims are vulnerable road users, 25 % were on two-wheels (14 % motorcyclists, 8 % cyclists and 3 % moped riders) and 21 % were pedestrians. The breakdown of fatalities also shows that 8 % occurred on motorways, 37 % in urban areas and 55 % on rural roads. Road deaths and injuries are predictable and preventable. Head-on fatalities occur on undivided roads. Run-off road fatalities occur where the roadsides are unforgiving. Pedestrian fatalities occur where sidewalks are missing, safe crossing facilities don’t exist or speeds are inappropriate.
EU and Global Alignment
In May 2018, within the context of the third and last ‘mobility package’, the Commission presented a common framework for road safety for the 2021-2030 period, recalling the EU’s long-term goal of moving as close as possible to zero fatalities in road transport by 2050 (‘Vision Zero’).
As part of the third ‘Europe on the Move’ package, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive amending Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management, whose general objective is to reduce both fatalities and serious injuries by improving the safety performance of road infrastructure.
UN Member States have agreed on 12 Global Road Safety Performance Targets to drive action across the world.