Experiences with road safety audits and inspections

Juergen Gerlach

The instruments of Road Safety Audits (RSA) and Road Safety Inspections (RSI) are part of the Road infrastructure safety management. With the official recommendations for Road safety audits this method was introduced in Germany in the year 2002. Following the European Directive 2008/96/EC and taking into account the experiences from more than 13 years of auditing the German recommendations are actualized and upgraded at the moment to a mandatory standard including RSA and RSI requirements. While the first road safety auditors in Germany were trained for motorways and rural roads the author developed together with other institutions the certification course and the RSA process for urban roads and residential roads. Germany might be the only state, where Road Safety Auditors are certified for different road categories and especially are divided into interurban and urban auditors. More than 130 auditors were certified and are now working as auditors for the urban road categories. Certificates are awarded with three years validity. Requirements for extensions are the verification of three audits and the participation in two courses. Yearly the „Symposia for road safety with auditor forums“ take part at the University of Wuppertal where actual research outputs in the field of Urban Road Safety are presented and critical audits like those for complex intersections, cycling and walking infrastructure or great residential zones are discussed.



The 6st Humanist Conference

The 6th HUMANIST Conference will take place 13-14 June 2018 in the Hague, The Netherlands. The scope of the conference covers a wide range of topics on Human Factors in Transport. Tania Willstrand and Alexander Eriksson will present their research results.



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