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Nominations for awards are currently considered by the judging panel in categories based on the recommendations the Global Plan for a Decade of Action. 

Nominations for awards are considered by the judging panel in categories based on the recommendations the Global Plan for a Decade of Action. They should be proven and effective interventions and best practices for preventing road trauma and provide a and strengthen Safe Systems.

This year we would especially welcome nominations for new technologies.  Many important new technologies, such as ABS, seat belt pre-tensioners and telematics insurance innovations have been recognised with awards over the years. As we look to advance our understanding and application of a safe road system, technology will play a vital role and we would welcome nominations that are demonstrating innovation and achievement in this area. Thse technologies may apply to one of the categories or could be submitted under the Technologies for the Safe System category.

Categories are:

1. Road Safety Management

Innovative management systems which include multi-sectoral partnerships with the capacity to develop and lead the delivery of local, national or regional road safety strategies, plans and targets, underpinned by the data collection and evidential research to assess countermeasure design and monitor implementation and effectiveness. This category also includes Multimodal Transport and Land-use Planning -  an important starting point for implementing a Safe System. It establishes the optimal mix of motorized and non-motorized transport modes to ensure safety and equitable access to mobility, while responding to the diverse needs and preferences of a population.

2. Safer Road Infrastructure

Nominations are sought for highway engineering improvement, improved road signage and layout and innovative traffic management schemes which raise the inherent safety and protective quality of road networks for the benefit of all road users, especially the most vulnerable (e.g. pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists).

3. Vehicle Safety

Modern vehicles are significantly safer than older vehicles. However there is scope for more safety features to be incorporated as standard.

Nominations will be considered for innovations which improve the safety of:

  • Cars and light vans
  • Trucks and buses
  • Motorcycles

Nominations are also sought for consumer information schemes and incentives to accelerate the uptake of these technologies.

In each case, the judging panel may recommend a single award or more should the quality of entries justifies this.

4. Safer Road Use

Changing the behaviour of road users through education and enforcement are essential for improved safety.

Within this category nominations are sought for innovations in:

  • Driver and rider education.
  • Pre - driver training.
  • School community - based road and vehicle safety awareness campaigns.
  • Enforcement initiatives.
  • Sentencing initiatives.
  • Media innovations.
  • Road Safety at work.

Submissions should include those with an emphasis on young and inexperienced drivers, motorcycle and cycle training and examples of comprehensive programmes to improve road user behaviour. Sustained or increased enforcement of laws and standards, combined with public awareness/education.

5. Post Crash Response

Schemes which increase responsiveness to post-crash emergencies and improve the ability of health and other systems to provide appropriate emergency treatment and longer term rehabilitation for crash victims.

6. Speed Management

Managing speed is critical to the effective implementation of the Safe System approach. It is a cross-cutting risk factor and is addressed through actions relating to different elements of the Safe System, such as multimodal transport and land use planning, infrastructure, vehicle design and road user behaviour. Appropriate speed management not only directly impacts crash likelihood and severity, it also affects the effectiveness of other safety interventions. Schemes or interventions which have successfully addressed speed management will be welcomed.

7. Technologies for the Safe System

Automotive technology is changing at an unprecedented rate and while there is debate about the potential of emerging technologies. Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications can also contribute to safer and more sustainable mobility. This capability could be particularly beneficial for the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and powered two-wheelers. Similar technology can also permit route planning to reduce congestion, reduce emissions and optimize safety. Communications and logistics technologies can reduce the need for travel by connecting people electronically for business and commerce as well as facilitating efficient and safe shipping of products and materials