Road Safety Manual

A manual for practitioners and decision makers on implementing safe system infrastructure

Second Edition

The new Road Safety Manual (RSM) is designed to help countries at every stage of infrastructure development to fulfil road safety objectives.

It is aligned with key pillars for the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020:

  • Pillar 1: Road Safety Management;
  • Pillar 2: Safer Roads and Mobility;
  • Pillar 4: Safer Road Users.

This comprehensive resource builds on the broad range of knowledge and experience provided by PIARC since the first edition. It includes new thinking on road safety and offers a clear argument on why adopting a Safe System approach is crucial for your country.

The Safe System approach aims for a more forgiving road system that takes human fallibility and vulnerability into account. Under the Safe System approach, everyone (public agencies, automobile manufacturers, road users, enforcement officials, and others) must share the responsibility for road safety outcomes.

Regularly updated, the manual is split into three parts and can be downloaded and printed in chapters, in order to be used on the spot.

Printed versions are no longer available.

2003 First Edition in PDF

The 2003 Road Safety Manual can be downloaded here.

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