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.