The Future of Road Safety Conference: Implementing a Safe Road System
The Future of Road Safety Conference 2015 will give those present the opportunity to improve their understanding of the Safe System and learn from experts who have been involved in its implementation to see just what could be achieved when introduced at local and national level.
The Safe System represents a fundamental shift in policy as its ultimate goal is to prevent any road user being killed or seriously injured despite the many errors of judgement resulting in crashes. Although this is a very long term objective it transforms the level of ambition; the Safe System approach opens up new potential for improving performance by addressing all elements of the road transport system together, finding synergies for trauma reduction when safer road and vehicle design, speed limits and compliance with road rules are pursued in concert.
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|Dr Stephen Ladyman||Ex Minister for Transport|
|David G Davies||Executive Director, PACTS|
|Emeritus Professor Stephen Stradling||Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University|
|Stuart Lovatt||Safety Action Plan Coordinator, Highways Agency|
|Dr Tom Fisher||Senior Research and Communications OfficerBrake, the road safety charity|
|Honor Byford||Road Safety GB, Chair|
|Prof Richard Allsop||Emeritus Professor Transport Studies, Centre for Transport Studies, University College London|
The strategic framework for road safety in 2011 set out the Government’s approach to continuing to reduce killed and seriously injured casualties on Britain’s roads. The focus was on ensuring that appropriate laws were in place.
Much has been achieved in the years since then but there is much more to do.
Now many countries and roads authorities are adopting a Safe System approach to managing road safety. Indeed it is fundamental to the design of roads and modern vehicles.
Sweden, the Netherlands and Australia were the precursors in the late 90s in the adoption of Safe System approach (also known as Vision Zero or Sustainable Safety). While there has been reticence among some countries including UK about some aspects of a Safe System --mainly related to the principle of establishing a vision zero or a “zero” target, some roads authorities and local administrations in UK have already embraced the Safe System approach.
The safe system approach is at the core of the Plan of Action of the UN Decade of Action, which states that for all countries, whatever their level of development, the guiding principles underlying the Plan for the Decade of Action are those included in the "safe system".
Highways England has a safety objective that “No one should be harmed when travelling or working on the Strategic Road Network.” It plans to implement a comprehensive Safe Systems approach and strategy focussed on safer vehicles and safer roads for safer people.
The basic strategy of a Safe System approach is to ensure that in the event of a crash, the impact energies remain below the threshold likely to produce either death or serious injury. It sees the road user as the weakest link in the transport chain, unpredictable and capable of error, education and information efforts notwithstanding.
Now with a new government in a strong position to further reduce the risk on roads and the establishment of Highways England as the new strategic roads authority with a clear vision to make its roads the safest in the world, the time is right for further significant casualty reductions.
The Safe System:
- Puts the human not the vehicle at its centre.
- Recognises that prevention efforts notwithstanding, road users will remain fallible and crashes will occur.
- Stresses that those involved in the design of the road transport system need to accept and share responsibility for the safety of the system, and those that use the system need to accept responsibility for complying with the rules and constraints of the system.
- Aligns safety management decisions with broader transport and planning decisions that meet wider economic, human and environmental goals.
- shapes interventions to meet the long term goal, rather than relying on “traditional interventions to set the limits of any long term targets.
|09.30||Registration and Coffee|
Opening Remarks from Chair - David G Davies - Executive Director, PACTS
David will present the report that PACTS and RACF is about to publish, “Road Safety since 2010”
This will include an overview across the UK of:
It will also include data from a survey local authorities in England.
In terms of PACTS road safety priorities, we would like to see
David G Davies - Executive Director, PACTS
The Use of Active Road Stud Technology for Reducing Road Casualties
Dr Stephen Ladyman, Former Minister for Transport
Coffee and Networking Break
The Changing Shape of Road Safety Campaigning
Dr Tom Fisher, Senior Research and Communications Officer, Brake, the road safety charity
|13.05||Lunch and Networking|
Afternoon Keynote: The Changing Context for Road Safety in Great Britain
Prof Richard Allsop - Emeritus Professor Transport Studies, Centre for Transport Studies, University College London
Road Safety – The Future
Honor Byford, Chair, Road Safety GB
The New Ambition for Road Safety for the Strategic Highway Company
Improving road safety through maintaining a resilient, safe road network
Closing Keynote: Reducing Driver Skill and Attitude Deficits
Emeritus Professor Stephen Stradling - Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University
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On the Future of Road Safety Conference 2015, you will learn about:
- Creating a safer road network across the UK
- Improving road safety through maintaining a resilient, safe road network
- Ensuring road users are able to use the roads safely and efficiently
- Improving safety for motorcycle riders
- Improving the skills and behaviours needed to be a safe and responsible driver or rider of all categories of vehicles
- Delivering a multi-agency approach to improving local road safety standards
- Working in partnership with local authorities, police and schools to increase the standard of local road safety through education and awareness
- Sharing resources between key local stakeholders to develop, plan and implement road safety initiatives
- Engaging the community to ensure road safety initiatives meet local requirements
- Successfully reducing road casualties across local authorities
- Allocating resources in an efficient and effective manner to best suit local needs and deliver results
- Tackling drink and drug driving and other dangerous behaviours
- Enhancing the standard of road safety in urban areas
- Designing urban areas to reduce fatalities and safeguard vulnerable users
- Ensuring urban areas are designed with comprehensive safety measures for cyclists and pedestrians in mind
- Advancing road safety through systems and technology
- Improving the road safety behaviours of the UK’s young drivers
- Reducing casualties on the UK’s rural road network
- Striving for improvements in occupational road safety management
- Promoting the exchange of information on new initiatives and best practice across the public sector
Who should attend?
Delegates who will have an interest in the Future of Road Safety Conference 2015 will include: heads of road safety, road safety teams, directors of transport, road safety managers, road maintenance managers, directors of planning, senior engineers, heads of community engagement, education leads, community support and safety managers, road safety advisors, prevention and casualty reduction managers, traffic and highways managers and chief executives of transport research organisations and will be drawn from highways agencies, emergency services, charities, local authorities, and central government.