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International Seminar "Current Policies to Enhance Traffic Safety and Future Directions"

25-27 November 2017, Tehran (Iran)

This International Seminar was organized in cooperation with the Technical Committee C.1 "National Road Safety Policies and Program" of the World Road Association (PIARC), the Iran Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization (RMTO) and the Ministry of Road and Urban Development.

Preparatory documents for the International Seminar

Summary of the Seminar

Road safety has been one of the priorities in Iran over the past decade as the economic losses due to road traffic fatalities are estimated at 7% of GDP and the National Development Strategy Plan of Islamic Republic of Iran has set new targets to reduce the number of road traffic fatalities in the next 5 years in line with the guidelines of WHO.

Iran has come a long way since 2005 when the number of fatalities was almost 28,000 and today, with over 29 million registered vehicles (four times more than 2005) and 35 million licensed drivers, this number has been reduced to 16,500. This reduce has been the results of interventions and policy changes in national and local levels. As a developing country with limited financial resources and institutional capacities, different sectors has been working to apply the most effective actions on laws, enforcement, behaviour changes, infrastructures and improvement of safety standards.

It is understood that road safety needs continuous development according to the socioeconomic/technical situations and the road safety stakeholders are working to define those gaps and fill them by new institutional capacity building.

As part of national road safety strategy, Iran is working to strengthen coordination between the various sectors involved in the road safety and promotion of enhancement the knowledge in the field with close relations with international organizations.

This seminar, according to PIARC guidelines, brings together stakeholders at local and national level as well as international experts working on the subject to share our experience and actions as a developing country, that can set a good example to those countries that need to take the same path.

International Seminar Program - 25-27 November 2017
Current Policies to Enhance Traffic Safety and Future Directions

Day 1 - November 25, 2017

8:30-10:00 - Welcome Session

10:00-10:20 Coffee break

10:20-12:30 - Road Safety Management
Panel Members:
Laurent Carnis, Jean-François Corté, Zita Egyhazy, Imelda Julies, Mehdi Shafieian, Ana Tomaz

12:30-13:50 Lunch Break

13:50-14:50 - Safer Road Users: Safe Behavior
Panel Members:
Ana Tomaz, Leonardo Annese, Hamid Souri

14:50-15:10 Coffee break

15:10-17:00 - Safer Road Users: Enforcement and new technology
Panel Members:
Laurent Carnis, Faramarz Maddah, Ali Akbar Ashoori

Day 2 - November 26, 2017

8:20-10:10 - Safer Roads
Panel Members:
Steve Lawson, Alireza Khavandi, Mehran Ghorbani, Reza Akbari

10:10-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-12:40 - Monitoring and Evaluation
Panel Members:
Leonardo Annese, Javad Hedayati, Dorota Marzynska, Przemyslaw Padlo,
Hassan Abdous

12:40-13:20 - Wrap-up and Closing Session
A team from PIARC Office in Tehran, RMTO and International PIARC Members

13:20-14:00 Lunch

Slideshow of the International Seminar in Tehran

  • Conference room of the Seminar

  • Tribune of the Seminar

  • Tribune of the Seminar

  • Audience of the seminar

  • Closing session of the Seminar

  • Technical visit of the Seminar

  • Technical visit of the Seminar

  • Technical visit of the Seminar