In autumn 2008 the IHT launched its new Guidelines for Road Safety Audit. Steve Proctor, Director of TMS, was commissioned to be managing editor of the document. The guidelines provide a thorough description of Road Safety Audit, and provide guidance to local highway authorities who wish to produce local procedures that differ from the national standards.
This new document has been written to help users understand a number of recent developments that affect RSA:
The Guidelines advise that all local highway authorities undertake RSA's on both internal and externally funded schemes. They recognise that there are resource issues for authorities undertaking such work. A series of recommendations are provided that guide authorities through the decisions they need to make in order to produce robust procedures that permit RSA to be carried out consistently and in line with best practice.
The Guidelines also introduce the concept of Interactive Safety Audit Checklists as an aid to the Road Safety Auditor.
TMS managed the editing process, carried out research work that informed the final document, and chaired a Steering Group of Road Safety Audit experts.