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Safer Roads initiatives honoured with Royal Awards

10 December 2019

A number of initiatives have been honoured with a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award under the Safer Roads category at a gala presentation which took place at The Savoy, London.

As well as the PLUS Malaysia winner, others included:

AMZS Automobile & Motorcycle Association of Slovenia - for the performing of road assessment procedures as part of the EuroRAP programme since 2008. Now the club has established a national road assessment consortium bringing together state roads authorities, motorway authorities, police, together with the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Infrastructure. Together they have designed and developed a bespoke inspection system accredited by iRAP and established expert team, which allows them to conduct independent infrastructure surveys. The results are available to responsible road authorities and publicly via brochures and a web site.

The Land Transport Authority of Singapore – for its School Zone Road Safety Toolkit. It has over 25 years developed a series of engineering measures including interactive signalling, speed reduction and highly visible road markings to reduce risk. This led to the development of a School Zone Road Safety Toolkit designed to provide guidance on how to reduce pedestrian traffic-related accidents and injuries within designated School Zones.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council - for its Solihull School Streets programme which addresses challenging and unsafe traffic scenes outside primary schools by introducing a traffic-free zone. Restrictions prevent parents and other road users driving in, out or around an exclusion zone at the start and finish of the school day, creating a predominantly car free area, along with a new 20mph speed limit. Benefits have been a reduction in traffic speed, dangerous congestion and air pollution creating a safer environment thereby encouraging families to walk or cycle.

Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx - for its Safe School Zones. The programme was created by Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx improves child pedestrian safety across the United States and in Brazil, Canada, China, India, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Vietnam by tackling the biggest problem in dangerous school zones – inadequate infrastructure. Safe Kids coalitions receive grant funding and access to industry experts to make environmental improvements near schools in their communities. Many projects receive additional funding from local government.