The road safety audit and road safety inspection

In a Road Safety Audit (RSA) and a Road Safety Inspection (RSI) the road infrastructure's safety level is tested. An RSA tests the design of new roads or the reconstruction of existing roads, whereas an RSI tests existing roads. An RSA, therefore, aims to 'improve' the road safety before the road has been built or reconstructed. At present, not many RSAs are carried out in the Netherlands, but the few experiences that there are promise positive effects on road safety. The RSA has also shown its value in other countries. Making use of the RSA should therefore be encouraged. The RSA should become a quality brand name and should be anchored in a road authority's policy by means of subsidy, precondition, or obligation. An RSI can also contribute towards road safety. An RSI can be carried out periodically on an entire network, but also incidentally on road sections that have an above average number of crashes. Various judging methods are used in RSIs, none of which have standardized procedures. For a more systematic use of RSIs such standardization is desirable. (A) This fact sheet may be accessed by Internet users at: (The title of the Dutch version of this fact sheet is: 'Verkeersveiligheidsaudit en -inspectie').

  • Publication Date: 2007


  • English

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  • Pagination: 6p
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    • Publisher: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV

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  • Accession Number: 01060881
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2007 1:23PM