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.



Open seminar with Mistra SAMS international scientific advisory...

Mistra SAMS international scientific advisory panel (ISAP) is visiting Stockholm, and the program will host an open seminar where the panel members will give talks in their area of expertise.

ERPUG 2017

The five year anniversary of  European Road Profile Users' Group (ERPUG) Forum will take place at Ramboll head quarter, Copenhagen, Denmark October 19-20, 2017. 



Vehicle Driver Monitoring: sleepiness and cognitive load

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Tomas Svensson new director-general

Tomas Svensson was today appointed Director-General of VTI. Tomas has been acting Director-General since January 2017. 


Crash testing bicycles at VTI

For the first time single bicycle crashes have been simulated at the VTI crash safety laboratory.


A case study exploring firefighters’ and municipal officials’ preparedness for electrical vehicles

A VTI-study presents a social perspective on new vehicle technology. It explores the self-reported preparedness of the fire departments (i.e., rescue services) in Sweden’s three largest cities regarding rescue operations involving electrical vehicles (EVs).


Pioneering research on and about bicycles at VTI

Under what circumstances might cyclists lose tyre grip? What actions could then be taken to prevent a crash? VTI is currently developing a theoretical model of the behaviour of bicycle tyres during braking and steering in different situations and on different...


Virtual pedestrians create efficient stations

If more people are to choose sustainable travel, then the public transport stations of the future must be designed so that pedestrians can get where they are going quickly, without congestion or queues. The Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)...