It is with great pleasure that I present the 2017 edition of the Annual Report of the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) which contains the most recent road safety data and up-to-date information on road safety measures and strategies for 40 countries. This year’s report contains information from an additional country – Uruguay – raising to four the number of Latin American countries covered by this report. The expansion of the IRTAD Group is a positive step and the intention is to continue this growth, without compromising the quality of the data. This report therefore makes a distinction between “validated” data (available for 2015 data for 31 countries) and data and information that is “under review”.

Latin America is an increasingly important focus of IRTAD’s work. In 2016/17, IRTAD has continued to strengthen co-operation in the region. A major report on benchmarking road safety performance in Latin America covering ten countries will be published shortly. It has been developed in co-operation with the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory (OISEVI) and with support from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and represents a major effort in collecting and analysing road safety data in these countries with a view to highlighting paths for better road safety management.

The success of the OISEVI initiative has inspired further efforts to foster the systematic collection of data based on common definitions. In May 2017, the International Transport Forum (as the home of IRTAD), FIA and the World Bank signed an agreement to jointly work towards the creation of further regional road safety observatories around the world. In the same spirit, IRTAD is involved in the SaferAfrica project, funded by the European Commission, which aims to create a communication platform between Europe and Africa on road safety. Through both initiatives, IRTAD expects to establish co-operation in other regions and continue to assist countries in improving their national crash data systems.

The IRTAD Group has a full and ambitious programme of work. It published a report on Alcohol-Related Road Casualties in Official Crash Statistics in 2017, with another report on The Relationship Between Speed and Crash Risks under preparation. Three new sub-groups with promising deliverables were launched, to work on exposure data, safety performance indicators and a review of the IRTAD database. All these initiatives will also provide important inputs for the International Transport Forum’s Annual Summit in May 2018, which will focus on topics right at the heart of IRTAD’s work, under the theme “Transport Safety and Security”.

Fred Wegman

Chairman of IRTAD