The programme is based on four protocols that, together, provide consistent safety ratings of roads across European borders, increasing recognition and understanding of the sources of risk and indicating priorities for network improvement.
Risk mapping is a way of measuring and mapping the number of accidents on individual road sections. Risk is divided into five coloured bands from high-risk (black) to low risk (green). EuroRAP maps give various insights into risk and can be used to support messages aimed at the differing needs and levels of expertise of the target audiences, ranging from the public through to highway engineers and policy-makers. For more information go to Risk Mapping.
Performance Tracking is a way of tracking the number of accidents occurring on individual road sections over time – which are getting safer, which are getting worse, and which are staying the same. For more information go to Performance Tracking.
Star Rating is a scale showing how well a road protects the user from death or serious injury once a crash occurs. The aim of the assessment is to evaluate the safety that is ‘built in’ to the road through design, in combination with the way traffic is managed on it. The scoring system is based on the road design elements that correspond to each of the four main crash types on Europe’s roads – head-ons, run-offs, collisions at junctions and collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists. For more information go to Star Rating.
Safer Road Investment Plans consider more than 90 proven road improvement options to generate affordable and economically sound Safer Road Investment Plans (SRIP) that improve a road’s Star Ratings and will save lives. For more information go to Safer Road Investment Plans.
Results from national programmes across Europe are released by the active member within that country. EuroRAP results achieve wide media coverage, including TV, radio and print. Results are typically released first on the partners own website and will then be added to this site. However, due to copyright issues it is not always possible to include all EuroRAP activity here. If you would like more information on results within a specific country you can use Our Partners page to find active members, or use the Contact Us page to ask for more information.
A safe road system is a combination of all components of the road system – safe drivers in safe cars on safe roads. It is important to be aware of deficiencies in any of these elements so that extra care can be taken. The risk rating system developed by EuroRAP aims to highlight where this is the case. Where there is no alternative to travelling along a high-risk road you should follow the same rules as you would on a low-risk road – drive sensibly, wear a seat-belt, don’t use a mobile phone, stick to the speed limit, and so on. Pay attention to the environment around you and your fellow road-users. A high risk rating does not mean that you should avoid that particular section of road – simply that you should be aware of the heightened risk.
EuroRAP has 60 members from 30 countries across Europe. These are made up of motoring organisations, research institutions, government ministries, national road authorities, local road authorities and their representative bodies. Members are permitted to use the EuroRAP protocols and brand under licence. For more information on our Membership structure and a full list of current active, authority and expert members visit the Membership page under the About EuroRAP section of the site. For more information on organisations involved in national EuroRAP programmes visit the Partner countries section of the site.
Road-users, road authorities and road planners and engineers all stand to benefit from the work being undertaken by EuroRAP. As EuroRAP’s results are promoted, road-users will come to understand road safety risk and how it changes as they turn on to different standards and types of road. Risk-aware road-users will be more likely to adapt their driving to reduce their risk of an accident. Informed road-users will also be better able to understand and respect the reasons for traffic laws and speed limits that reflect the risk of being killed or seriously injured. They will want action to see roads made safer. For road authorities, planners and engineers, EuroRAP helps track how standards are rising and how quickly best practice is being implemented. EuroRAP focus on the impact of Route and Mass Action Safety Programmes, such as safety fencing, that can quickly be implemented without special skills. It helps authorities, planners and engineers identify priorities for action and investment on existing roads and new routes. For more information on our stakeholders visit the About Us page.
EuroRAP has helped to establish the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) as an umbrella organisation leading work in low and middle income countries. iRAP programmes are currently operating throughout Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. See iRAP for further information. Sister programmes to EuroRAP are well established in Australia through AusRAP, in the United States through usRAP and in New Zealand through KiwiRAP.