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Why Road Safety Audits?
The toll from road crashes remains an important health and economic issue in South Africa. More than 14 000 people died in road crashes in 2016, with the long-term trend still showing no significant signs of improvement. An emphasis on preventative measures to reduce road safety risks on roads are required. Well-documented experience in Europe, Australia and elsewhere shows that Road Safety Audits are both effective and cost beneficial as a proactive safety improvement tool. This is reflected in the growing number of countries, both developed and developing, that have introduced Road Safety Audits.
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL)’s policy is to conduct road safety audits on all road improvement or new road projects. This is in line with the South African Road Safety Strategy 2016 which states that road safety audits should be made compulsory by all road authorities.
Minimum Requirements for Road Safety Auditors
SANRAL’s requirements for the minimum qualifications of Road Safety Audit Team Leaders are that the team leader should:
- Be a Registered Professional Engineer or Professional Engineering Technologist with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), and
- Have at least 10 years of experience in Road Safety Design and/or Traffic and Transportation Engineering and/or Geometric Design; and
- Have successfully completed a recognized Road Safety Audit course to the equivalent of at least 5 CPD points.
Jaco de Vries PrEng – Novus³ (Pty) Ltd, Bernard van Biljon PrEng – Novus³ (Pty) Ltd, Dr. Louis Roodt PrEng
Delegates can claim 5 ECSA CPD points