Safety experts hing prevention of accidents on adequate management system

How to best use Safety Management Systems (SMS) in accident prevention was the topic of an International Transport Forum (ITF) Roundtable held in Paris recently.

 According to ITF, an unusually large and diverse group of more than 40 experts from all transport modes and all world regions discussed case studies with a focus on identifying best practices for Safety Management Systems. The debate also extended to how to best use these systems within a framework of prescriptive and descriptive regulations and how to measure their performance in improving traffic safety. Full resources from the Roundtable are now available online, including video of presentations and discussion papers.

Meanwhile, road safety has become a growing issue for mayors and city managers who want to make their cities more liveable and promote more sustainable forms of mobility. More than 50 experts from cities around the world met in Paris, France, on April 20-21 for the first workshop of Safer City Streets, the global traffic safety network for liveable cities created by the ITF with support from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in October 2016. Just over six months after its launch, Safer City Streets counts 38 participating cities around the world, ranging from Astana in Kazakhstan to Zürich in Switzerland and including global cities such as New York City, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, London, Berlin, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Montreal as well as many others.

The first meeting provided the opportunity to exchange knowledge on road safety policies and learn from other cities’ experiences. Presentations covered the Vision Zero Map of cities achieving zero road deaths developed by Germany’s DEKRA, an overview of road crash data from Bogota (Colombia), and the collection of mobility data from travel surveys, among many other topics. A joint workshop session with POLIS, the European network of cities, further explored the issue of risk exposure data and addressed collaboration with hospitals to improve knowledge of crashes.