Standards can improve road safety

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Reducing speed can play a major part in making our roads safer. This summer’s road safety campaign will focus on preventing deaths and injuries by reducing speed, alongside greater visibility of Police. International road safety and road vehicles standards can also increase road safety.

Preventing deaths and injuries by reducing speed

The holiday campaign aligns with New Zealand's road safety strategy 2010-2020 – an across-the-board approach to road safety, looking at all aspects of the road system. Achievements in recent years include new give way rules, reduced alcohol limits for young drivers, strengthened driver licence tests, and work on building safer roads.

ISO road safety standard could help save lives

ISO 39001:2012 Road traffic safety (RTS) management systems – Requirements with guidance for use is a practical tool for governments, vehicle fleet operators, and all organisations worldwide who want to reduce death and serious injury due to road accidents. The standard provides a structured approach to road-traffic safety as a complement to existing programmes and regulations and:

  • is expected to have a considerable impact on the future of traffic safety by providing state-of-the-art requirements for such aspects as speed, vehicle condition, and driver awareness
  • is based on the process approach, proven by successful ISO standards such as ISO 9001 Quality management systems – Requirements, including the plan-do-check-act cycle, and a requirement for continual improvement
  • is widely regarded as a major contribution to the United Nations' Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

Road vehicles run on ISO standards

ISO has many standards that can help make roads safer, ranging from basic specifications for wheels, braking systems, and road holding ability, to crash protection, child restraint systems, and ergonomics. Many aim to improve compatibility, interchangeability, and safety, or to provide the requirements for harmonised test procedures for evaluating performance. The ISO & road vehicles brochure gives a concise overview of international standards that share state-of-the-art technology and good practice with the automotive sector worldwide. Out of nearly 19 000 ISO standards for almost all sectors of business and technology, some 900 have been developed for road vehicles and related technologies.

ISO standards provide benefits for manufacturers and supply chain partners; regulators and health authorities; vehicle owners and drivers, and road users including pedestrians. They cover all aspects of road vehicles: safety, ergonomics, performance, test methods, the environment, and the rollout of innovative technologies.

Future ISO standards now under development cover alternative power systems promising less pollution and therefore contributing to the fight against climate change. These include standards for electrically propelled vehicles and vehicles powered by gaseous fuels, as well as for the infrastructures necessary to support them.

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