Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Canada? Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2015

In Canada, responsibility for road safety is divided among various levels of government. This responsibility underscores the need for collaboration and cooperation in the development of road safety strategies to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Canada’s roadways.

The purpose of this website is to share Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2015 with all Canadians and to provide road safety professionals with a comprehensive tool to obtain information on effective road safety strategies, initiatives and countermeasures.

You are invited to “Rethink Road Safety” to help us achieve our Vision of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world!

Strategy

Canada’s third national road safety strategy, which has a five-year timeframe (2011-2015), is somewhat different from its two predecessors. The strategy is similar in that it will retain the long-term vision that Canada will have the safest roads in the world.  As well, the four strategic objectives are expected to result in safer road users, safer road infrastructure and safer vehicles through:

  • raising public awareness and commitment to road safety,
  • improving communication, cooperation and collaboration among all stakeholders,
  • enhancing enforcement,
  • improving road safety information in support of research and evaluation.

Road Safety Strategy (RSS) 2015 differs from Road Safety Vision (RSV) 2010 because it is considerably more flexible for jurisdictions to use. It no longer includes targets set at the national level that then become de-facto targets for each province/territory. Rather, the success of the new framework will be measured by achieving yearly downward trending in fatalities and serious injuries, as reported at the national level. In addition, progress will be determined using rate-based measures, rather than the previous practice of setting percentage-based targets and translating these into actual numbers of fatalities and serious injuries.

The Road Safety Strategy will provide jurisdictions with a framework of best practices which each jurisdiction can adopt or adapt to address its specific road safety challenges. Some of the best practices have been proven effective and for others, measured effectiveness is not yet available. With the Road Safety Strategy 2015, jurisdictions will have the responsibility for their respective plans and also have the option of developing their own quantitative targets for specific casualty reductions during the five-year timeframe, if they wish to do so.

Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2015 – Summary

The Road Safety Strategy’s ultimate goal is to continue to reduce fatalities and serious injuries caused by collisions on Canada’s roads.

Since 2008, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) has undertaken consultations with its government members, along with members of the engineering and police community, as well as key industry stakeholders, to develop a road safety strategy framework to succeed Road Safety Vision 2010. The Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety endorsed the Road Safety Strategy (RSS) 2015 in September 2010.

The Road Safety Strategy is similar to its predecessors in a number of ways. First, it retains the long-term vision of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world. Second, the core objectives of the Road Safety Vision 2010 plan will continue as objectives in the successor plan. These are:

  • raising public awareness and commitment to road safety,
  • improving communication, cooperation and collaboration among all stakeholders,
  • enhancing enforcement,
  • improving road safety information in support of research and evaluation.

However, a number of key elements contribute to the Road Safety Strategy 2015’s uniqueness. These key elements are:

Flexibility: The strategy will be considerably more flexible than its predecessor.

Holistic approach: The strategy will take a much more holistic approach to road safety.

Targets: Hard percentage targets will not be established at the national level, progress will be measured at the national level using rate-based measures.

Best practices: Core to the strategy will be a framework of “best practice” strategies that jurisdictions may use to address key road safety areas and risk groups.

Ownership: While CCMTA led the development of the strategy and will manage it, each jurisdiction will “own” the strategy and will use the “best practice” framework to develop their own jurisdictional plans.

Timeframe: The strategy will have a shorter five-year timeframe.

Source: http://www.ccmta.ca/crss-2015/index.php

 

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