Public urged to have their say on road safety

Whether they drive a car, cycle a bike, are passengers or pedestrians, all road users are being asked to have their say on road safety policy for the next 10 years.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has launched a public consultation to inform the development of the fifth Government Road Safety Strategy which will run from 2021 to 2030.

The public consultation invites road users to share their ideas on what Ireland’s road safety priorities should be for the next 10 years and how these should be addressed. The RSA says it also wants to hear people’s views on how road safety policy and approaches in Ireland could learn from other countries and reflect what is happening elsewhere.

The public consultation, which begins today (November 3), will remain open until November 18 and people are urged to complete the consultation questionnaire on the RSA’s website by clicking here.

The final government Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 will be submitted to the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan by end of Q1 2021.

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton said: “The Programme for government identifies road safety as a priority social issue. Specifically, it states that the development of the next road safety strategy must have at its heart the embodiment of a Vision Zero approach. The principle of Vision Zero is an ambitious one, aiming to have zero deaths on our roads by 2050.

“It places road safety at the centre of our transport policies and systems. The next Government Road Safety Strategy will be our route map to Vision Zero, setting out the actions we need to take to deliver safer roads. I would urge all road users to have their say in the strategy through the public consultation process.”

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