Europe and its road safety vision- how far to zero? Prof. Claes Tingvall, Director of Traffic Safety at the Swedish Road Administration and Chairman of EuroNCAP and Monash University Accident Research Centre Background Vision Zero Some examples Barriers for implementation The way ahead
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Prof. Claes Tingvall, Director of Traffic Safety at the Swedish Road Administration and Chairman of EuroNCAP
and Monash University Accident Research Centre
Vision Zero: a Safe Traffic Concept
Vision Zero ≠ Zero Fatalities(At least not only)Vision Zero = 5 dimensions(or more?)
Vision for many stakeholders
System designers are responsible for the design, operation and the use of the road transport system and are thereby responsible for the level of safety within the entire system.
Road users are responsible for following the rules for using the road transport system set by the system designers.
If the users fail to comply with these rules due to a lack of knowledge, acceptance or ability, the system designers are required to take the necessary further steps to counteract people being killed or injured.
System designers = everyone that influences the design, function and use of the road transport system
transport companies and everyone who professionally uses roads and streets
”Any well functioning man-machine system brings the failing human into the loop”.
”Blaming the victim approach is a catastrophe to prevention”.
“Rule of Science”
“We shall only use the best possible methods and base our action on the failing human”
“Rule of Science” - cont.
“The biomechanical tolerance of the human is the limiting factor for the road transport system”
“The citizen’s legitimate demand for life and health is the main driving force for change”
NCAP for vehicles
EuroRAP for infrastructure/
? for transport services
? for heavy goods transport
Is Vision Zero expensive?
Typical costs - if made right from the beginning
So what has happened?
CENTRE GUARD RAILS
On existing 13m wide roads
SAFE ROAD AREAS
Design for people leaving the road
Intersection with problemsFocus on crashes results in signalsFocus on injuries results in roundabouts
Vehicles, roads and speeds must match
COLLISION FOR SAFETY
Get everyone up to best practice by telling the public about safety differences
TRAVEL POLICY IN COMPANIES
Everyone company has a responsibility to assure safety
Everyone buying or selling transports has a responsibility to assure safety
System designers responsibilityAn example : What
The Swedish Taxi Association
System designers responsibilityAn example : How
The Swedish Taxi Association is prepared to