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Road Safety Vision, Plans, and Targets
The current Irish government strategy includes:
In the estimates of the Irish strategy plan, there are no details about the effects of vehicles being safer. If there are any effects, they are mainly due to EU regulations that contribute to (collision) safer vehicles coming onto the market (e.g. via EuroNCAP). Research shows that better vehicles reduce the annual number of casualties by 1% (Broughton et al., 2000). If this also applies to Ireland, it would mean a 4% reduction during the period of the strategic plan (and is, therefore, almost as important as the other ‘important’ policy measures). It is not possible for Ireland to achieve much on its own in this area, as it is a matter for the EU.
Road Safety Priorities
The Irish road safety programme identifies a wide spectrum of common policies, priority areas and measures, together with time horizons for their implementation. The common policies are founded on four cornerstones: enforcement, harnessing best technology, multi-agency co-operation and wider public ownership. The following priority areas and key actions (or measures) constitute the Irish road safety strategy.
Road Safety Management Organisation
The National Roads Authority is responsible for safer engineering of national roads, the analysis and research in relation to road safety, and maintenance of the National Road Safety Records Bureau.
The National Safety Council is responsible for the promotion of road safety awareness and education, alongside similar activities in relation to fire and water safety.
Statistics on road accidents are available in "Road Accident Facts", which is published annually by the National Roads Authority and based on Garda (i.e. police) accident reports.
The National Car Testing Service Ltd. (NCTS) http://www.ncts.ie/, a member of the SGS Group, is responsible for the implementation and operation of the car testing service in Ireland. The National Car Test (NCT) is being conducted at 43 purpose-built NCT Centres nationwide.
The role of the Department of Transport http://www.transport.ie/ is to ensure the provision, development and regulation of competitive, safe and secure integrated transport services and transport infrastructure for the road, rail and air transport modes in Ireland.
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