Governments agree on global road safety performance targets

By Road Safety Hub Reporter

Governments have agreed on global targets to measure road safety performance.

A consensus was reached at a meeting of member States held from November 20 - 21, 2017 in Geneva and was chaired by Dr Viroj Tangcharoensathien from Thailand.

The countries agreed on 12 targets aligned to the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

The five pillars are Road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safe vehicles, safe road users, post-crash response.

Below is a summary of the 12 performance targets:

Pillar 1: Road Safety Management

Target 1: By 2020, all countries establish a comprehensive multisectoral national road safety action plan with time-bound targets.

Target 2: By 2030, all countries accede to one or more of the core road safety-related UN legal instruments.

Pillar 2: Safer Roads and Mobility

Target 3: By 2030, all new roads achieve technical standards for all road users that take into account road safety, or meet a three star rating or better.

Target 4: By 2030, more than 75 percent of travel on existing roads is on roads that meet technical standards for all road users that take into account road safety.

Pillar 3: Safe Vehicles

Target 5: By 2030, 100 percent of new (defined as produced, sold or imported) and used vehicles meet high quality safety standards, such as the recommended priority UN Regulations, Global Technical Regulations, or equivalent recognized national performance requirements.

Pillar 4: Safe Road Users

Target 6: By 2030, halve the proportion of vehicles travelling over the posted speed limit and achieve a reduction in speed-related injuries and fatalities.

Target 7: By 2030, increase the proportion of motorcycle riders correctly using standard helmets to close to 100 percent.

Target 8: By 2030, increase the proportion of motor vehicle occupants using safety belts or standard child restraint systems to close to 100 percent.

Target 9: By 2030, halve the number of road traffic injuries and fatalities related to drivers using alcohol, and/or achieve a reduction in those related to other psychoactive substances.

Target 10: By 2030, all countries have national laws to restrict or prohibit the use of mobile phones while driving.

Target 11: By 2030, all countries to enact regulation for driving time and rest periods for professional drivers, and/or accede to international/regional regulation in this area.

Pillar 5: Post-Crash Response

Target 12: By 2030, all countries establish and achieve national targets in order to minimize the time interval between road traffic crash and the provision of first professional emergency care.