First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
Safe solutions can reduce road risks
The International Road Federation has introduced a landmark Global Credential Programme for Road Safety Audit Team Leaders, recognising the essential role of Road Safety Audits to drive change in safe road design practices.
Preventive risk assessment measures, such as a road safety audit or inspection, carried out on new and existing roads offer a well-charted and cost-effective pathway to reducing road traffic injury risk. Yet, those countries with the fastest growth in motorisation and road construction are also those least likely to have established in-country professional qualification programmes delivered by accredited institutes. The IRF Global Credential Programme remedies this critical gap by offering a pathway for seasoned road safety auditors who wish to enhance their qualifications at home or seek work abroad.
Candidates are required to take an online knowledge qualifying exam and submit a comprehensive application presenting their professional track record and details of the projects they have audited in order to complete the programme. “The IRF has for many years been a leading global advocate for road safety, promoting best practices in safe road design and management through our advocacy work, knowledge-sharing programmes, and capacity-building initiatives,” said IRF president & CEO C Patrick Sankey. “Every day, our member organisations affect real change by designing solutions that help to protect people from death or injuries. The Global Credential Programme is a major advance that provides a common benchmark for safety professionals and road agencies around the world.”
“This initiative follows a long string of policy statements issued by the IRF since 2014,” said IRF chairman Eng Abdullah A Al-Mogbel. “Thanks to our collective advocacy effort, safety audits and other essential traffic safety safeguards are now being mainstreamed across a growing number of transport projects funded by multilateral institutions.”