Speed Management

This report describes how speeding is the number one road safety problem facing a large number of Economic Co-operation and Development/European Conference of Ministers of Transport (OECD/ECMT) countries. Speeding is responsible for around one third of the current, unacceptable levels of highway fatalities. Particularly for residents in urban areas, speeding has an impact not only on accidents but also on the environment, energy consumption and quality of life. The report describes how reducing average speeds on the roads by only 5% will save around 20% of current fatalities. There is good experience available on how to quickly reduce the extent of speeding and thereby reduce current fatalities and injuries. Reduced speeding will also reduce the adverse environmental and social impacts associated with excessive speed, particularly in urban areas. Comprehensive measures are required which are best developed as part of a coordinated speed management policy package. What contributions can be made by infrastructure improvements, speed limits, signing and education, as well as by enforcement? Which are the most cost-effective elements of a speed management policy? What are the prospects for the use of new technologies which encourage drivers to choose appropriate speeds and assist in achieving greater compliance with speed limits? This report, prepared by a Working Group of the Joint OECD/ECMT Transport Research Centre, addresses the key issues, highlights the improvements in policy and operations needed to reduce the extent of speeding. The report outlines a framework for achieving the best possible safety outcomes while protecting the environment and supporting sustainable mobility. This report is compelling reading for all those interested in addressing the major speed-related problems that are currently widespread in OECD/ECMT member countries and it will become increasingly more important in developing countries as the levels of motorization increase.

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    European Conference of Ministers of Transport

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  • Publication Date: 2006


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 282p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01054169
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9282103773
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 9 2007 4:33PM