ARRB's safety team has a focus on user safety and security on our transport network through understanding the interaction between human decision makers, vehicles, infrastructure, and the broader environment through a safe system approach.
ARRB is a recognised leader in the development of the Safe System vision for road transport. The Safe System approach involves a holistic view of the road transport system and the interactions among roads and roadsides, travel speeds, vehicles and road users. It is an inclusive approach that caters for all groups using the road system, including drivers, motorcyclists, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and commercial and heavy vehicle drivers.
The Safe System approach recognises that people will always make mistakes and may have road crashes—but the system should be forgiving and those crashes should not result in death or serious injury.
ARRB produces national and international guidelines and tools to improve the road and roadside environment in order to deliver safe, economical and efficient road design solutions. We also identify and evaluate innovative road infrastructure treatments to determine safety and other operational implications. Guidance and advice is provided on a range of road infrastructure issues that should be considered in developing projects, including:
The way transport systems are being used is changing. Monitoring these changes, understanding the factors that drive them, and determining their implications for safety and efficiency is a growing component of the work undertaken by ARRB’s Transport Safety team.
We research and offer solutions to transport safety challenges involving all elements of the Safe System. Services provided include the identification of best practice, well-designed evaluations, production of national and international guidelines, and contributions to transport safety, safe road infrastructure, workplace road safety, transport efficiency, transport integration, road user education and driver / rider licensing.
Building on ARRB’s world leading expertise in developing Australian risk assessment programs, we have developed a methodology to assist practitioners in preparing Network Safety Plans and establishing a consistent risk profile across their network.
Network Safety Plans are the next generation in road safety planning.
Using 13 road stereotypes, covering rural and urban environments and ranging from freeways/motorways to local access roads, the aim is to select a road cross-section that improves the road corridors to a safer and more consistent geometric standard.
The road stereotype tables will provide guidance on the expected safety performance, or crash risk, for a series of cross-sections that are considered appropriate for each road stereotype using pre-calculated risk values from the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) star ratings and the Australian National Risk Assessment Model (ANRAM) fatal and serious injury (FSI) crash prediction models.
ARRB can train your team to prepare Network Safety Plans or you can provide us with data and we will work with you to tailor the plans to your needs.
Contact ARRB at here for further information on Network Safety Plans.