Advancing Sustainable Safety; National Road Safety Outlook for 2005-2020 is the sequel to Towards a sustainably safe road traffic (Koornstra et a., 1992). Advancing Sustainable Safety critically examines the Sustainable Safety vision. Adaptations were made where necessary, because we have learned since our initial steps on the way towards a sustainably safe traffic. Advancing insights and new developments have also prompted the update of this vision.


The book does not present a new vision, but provides a broad elaboration of Sustainable Safety. In this sense it can be called innovative. This book is not a policy memorandum. However, elements from this updated vision could in the future, be detailed to inspire the policy memoranda of all levels of government, social organizations, etc. Each chapter contains many recommendations that offer starting points in this direction.


Advancing Sustainable Safety is a SWOV initiative and SWOV is responsible for publishing it. Many people, both inside and outside SWOV, have contributed to this book.

Without exception, the authors of this book are experts in their fields. They are well informed of recent developments and have shown their creativity by using their knowledge to update Sustainable Safety vision. An important source of inspiration was the essay bundle entitled Thinking about sustainable safety (Wegman & Aarts, 2005).


Contributions to this book have been made by: Letty Aarts, Bart van Arem, Charlotte Bax, Lieke Berghout, Ragnhild Davidse, Henk van Gent, Charles Goldenbeld, Boudewijn Hoogvelt, Richard van der Horst, Theo Janssen, Martin de Jong, Boudewijn van Kampen, Mars Kerkhof, Joop Koppenjan, Maria Kuiken, Leo Kusters, René Mathijssen, Peter Morsink, Ingrid van Schagen, Chris Schoon, Divera Twisk, Erik Verhoef, Willem Vlakveld, Fred Wegman en Paul Wesemann. Sometimes it is quite obvious who the authors of a particular chapter are. However, there are also chapters in which this is less clear because they are the result of contributions from both SWOV researchers and external experts.




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The complete text of the book is available. On the left, under the tab 'Bookmarks' you will find a survey of the contents in brief. You can read the book from beginning to end, or using the Bookmarks, go directly to the chapter that interests you.


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Advancing Sustainable Safety in brief

  • In brief contains a brief description of the update of the Sustainable Safety vision.
  • PART I: ANALYSES contains a detailed explanation of Advancing Sustainable Safety:
    • Chapter 1 describes the principles of Sustainable Safety;
    • Chapter 2 provides Road safety developments in the Netherlands;
    • Chapter 3 assesses Sustainable Safety to date: effects and lessons;
  • PART II: DETAILING THE VISION contains an elaboration of the updated Sustainable Safety vision:
    • Chapter 4 describes the different types of infrastructural measures;
    • Chapter 5 focuses on vehicle measures;
    • Chapter 6 deals with Intelligent Transport Systems;
    • Chapter 7 deals with education in the broadest sense of the word;
    • Chapter 8 describes describes regulations and enforcement and focuses on road user behaviour.
  • PART III: SPECIAL ISSUES contains a list of specific road safety problems or problem groups:
    • Chapter 9 discusses the relation between road safety and speed management;
    • Chapter 10 deals with the effects of drink and drug driving;
    • Chapter 11 looks at the problems of young and novice drivers;
    • Chapter 12 concentrates on cyclists and pedestrians;
    • Chapter 13 examines motorized two-wheelers;
    • Chapter 14 describes developments in heavy goods vehicles.
  • PART IV: IMPLEMENTATION examines the implementation and preconditions of continuing with Sustainable Safety. This final chapter is divided into four parts:
    • Chapter 15.1 deals with the organization of policy implementation;
    • Chapter 15.2 contains a proposal for a traffic system quality assurance;
    • Chapter 15.3 presents various possibilities for funding measures;
    • Chapter 15.4 discusses different aspects of what is known as accompanying policy.

SWOV wishes the reader to be very inspired by this book and hopes that it will stimulate many to continue with Sustainable Safety.

SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research