Road Safety Audits Conducted by Qualified Professionals
November 18, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BRASILIA, Brazil – The International Road Federation has released a set of minimum qualification guidelines for professionals conducting road safety audits and inspections as part of a global road safety gathering, which opens today in Brasilia.
Speaking at the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety, IRF Executive Vice President Michael Dreznes noted that design standards alone cannot guarantee road safety in all conditions. “The IRF strongly supports the extended and expanded use of road infrastructure safety management procedures using locally drawn talent trained to the highest standards,” Dreznes added.
Poorly performed or badly documented road safety audits can have negative effects on safety. Unqualified team leaders could miss obvious safety concerns resulting in an unsafe road. Worse yet, the road authority would be using its limited financial resources to conduct these audits with less than acceptable results.
On this occasion, the IRF also renewed an earlier call for the mandatory introduction of, and associated funding for, road safety audits linked to all new road investment loans by multilateral development banks.
Read the full guidelines prepared by the International Road Federation.
ABOUT THE IRF: The International Road Federation, founded in 1948, is a not-for-profit, non-political organization with the mission to encourage and promote development and maintenance of better, safer and more sustainable roads and road networks. With a network in 117 countries across six continents, the IRF believes it can make a difference by providing best practices and expert advice to today’s multi-faceted world of transport.[/column]