Saving lives and preventing serious injuries on the world’s roads are what iRAP is all about. With 1.35 million deaths and 30-50,000,000 injuries every year, we need urgent action now to deliver safer roads for all road users. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years.
iRAP (the International Road Assessment Programme) is the umbrella programme for Road Assessment Programmes (RAPs) worldwide that are working to save lives. Like many life-saving charities working in the public health arena, we use a robust, evidence-based approach to prevent unnecessary deaths and suffering.
Our Risk Mapping, Star Rating, Safer Roads Investment Plans and Policy and Performance Tracking tools are helping partners across the world. Our iRAP family spirit connects people and partners worldwide to ensure we solve problems once and share success quickly. We benefit from the generosity of partners around the world including regional and national RAP programmes, development banks, mobility clubs, corporations and individual experts who share their time and energy with the charity.
Halving road deaths and injuries is a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal along with other great social justice and health issues like the right to clean water and maternal health. In addition, UN Member States have agreed on 12 Global Road Safety Performance Targets to drive action across the world. Targets 3 and 4 include ensuring all new roads are built to a 3-star or better standard for all road users (Goal 3), and more than 75% of travel is on the equivalent of 3-star or better roads for all road users by 2030 (Goal 4). Achieving >75% of travel on 3-star or better roads by 2030 will save an estimated 467,000 lives every year and 100 million lives and serious injuries over the 20-year life of the treatments. iRAP’s Global Road Infrastructure KPIs provide the metrics to support this.
Our road safety policy tools are helping inform sound investment by government that saves lives and unlocks the benefits to families, communities, business and health systems through reduced road trauma. Safer roads are not just a social justice issue, they also make sound business sense too. Dollar for dollar, they provide one of the highest possible public investment returns a country can make. Explore our business case for safer roads
Working with partners globally, and with the generous support of our donors, we are committed to creating a world free of high-risk roads.
Where We Work
iRAP programmes and projects have now been undertaken by partners in more than 100 countries worldwide. Over 1,300,000km of roads have been risk mapped and more than 1,000,000km of roads have now been star rated.
Worldwide, iRAP and our regional 'X'RAP programmes are influencing the safety of large-scale investment to the tune of over USD$24.5 billion in low and middle income countries and $43.7 billion in high income countries.
Click on our interactive map to find out how we are saving lives and making roads safer in your country and around the world.
iRAP is working with local partners to support large scale road upgrades around the world. See our Case Studies for great examples from countries around the world including Australia, Belize, China, El Salvador, India, Malaysia and Great Britain. These countries are leading the way in policy implementation and road investment that will be pivotal to achieving the goal of halving road deaths and injuries and ultimately achieving vision zero.
China: Through the Ministry of Transport "Highway Safety to Cherish Life" programme an estimated 105,000km of high risk roads have already been upgraded in China. USD$2.5 billion has been invested in safety countermeasures. Read more here.
India: IndiaRAP is a locally led, globally supported road assessment programme for India. It is a collaboration between iRAP and the Asian Institute of Transport Development (AITD), generously supported by FedEx Express. Together with National and State governments and the World Bank, investments to improve many of India’s roads have been locked into ongoing and planned upgrades worth more than US$5.4 billion. Read more here.
Mexico: The award winning work by the SCT in Mexico has raised 17% of the 42,800km road network from 1 or 2-star to 3-star or better. This had led to important reductions in fatalities and serious injuries across the network.
UK: Highways England has set a target for 90% of travel on the strategic road network to be 3-star or better and is investing in Smart Motorways. The Department for Transport has mobilised a ₤175 million programme to upgrade 50 of the highest risk local authority A roads based on risk maps, star ratings and user defined investment plans. Read more here.
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Our lifesaving work is only possible through the great generosity of key donors and partners
To tailor a partnership for safer roads that works for you please email us to discuss your ideas.
We also benefit greatly from the goodwill of many other individuals and research organisations around the world who are committed to saving lives through safer roads. iRAP is extremely grateful for the support of all our partners.
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Structure and Governance
iRAP is registered in England as a charity (no. 1140357) which was founded in 2006 as the umbrella organisation for the regional road assessment programmes, EuroRAP, usRAP and AusRAP. It now includes KiwiRAP, ChinaRAP and IndiaRAP with new locally led programmes under development in Brazil. We also aim to facilitate work and support national programmes in a wide range of low, middle and high-income countries.
Our charitable objectives are the international promotion of the improvement of road safety and the quality of roads for the public benefit. iRAP works in partnership with government and non-government organisations to:
- inspect high-risk roads and develop Targeted Road Safety Plans
- provide training, technology and support that will build and sustain national, regional and local capability
- track road safety performance so that funding agencies can assess the benefits of their investments.
We are bound by the laws of the UK, including the Charities Act 1993 (as amended by the Charities Act 2006, 2011 and 2016) and Bribery Act 2010. We take a zero tolerance approach to bribery and fraud.
We are supported by charitable donations and governed by a Board of Trustees who are internationally acknowledged as experts in the road safety field and non-profit sector. The Trustees are responsible for the proper administration of the organisation, have a duty to act collectively, and must act in the best interests of the charity. Our current chairman is Gary Liddle.
iRAP has a Global Policy Advisory Committee (GPAC) and Global Technical Committee (GTC) that provide strategic advice to the Board on a range of issues. For more information on the purpose and membership of the committees, see these GPAC and GTC links.
The Road Assessment Programme (RAP) and the New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) were both founded by the British, Dutch and Swedish governments working in partnership with leading European automobile clubs and safety charities. Both the NCAP and RAP programmes have both been rolled out globally.
The European RAP programme was developed with funding from automobile clubs, national governments and a series of staged EU grants to create a “permanent institution”. The focus, like NCAP, was to create a market for safety by raising consumer awareness. By 2005, some 20 countries were applying or developing the safety ratings in Europe with programmes established in Australia, New Zealand and initiated in the USA that included both likelihood and severity outcomes.
Innovation has also continued with new investment in CycleRAP as part of an enhanced iRAP Urban application; enhanced crash data modules (ANRAM in Australia); Smart Motorways and Speed Management modules and more comprehensive benchmarking tools. Design standards are being reviewed (e.g. UNESCAP and EBRD) to inform safer road design and the OECD has launched the Safe System report capturing the potential for 5-star roads and 5-star vehicles to shape the basis of safe system performance and progress towards zero deaths.
Thanks to all of our donors, partners and friends a lot has happened in the first 15 plus years of RAP and many lives have been saved. Join us to continue the innovation and expansion of impact as we seek to save lives and create a world free of high-risk roads in the years ahead.
The relationship between star ratings and crash costs per distance travelled were researched and reported and the business case for safer roads developed to support calls for a UN Sustainable Development Goal for road safety. Innovative financing concepts associated with Impact Bonds were investigated to highlight the potential of a win-win investments in road safety. Vaccines for Roads III was launched at the global World Free of High-Risk Roads event held in London in 2015 with Ministers, WHO, World Bank and leading development agencies present to share the potential of minimum 3-star standards for all road users.
The independent 3-star coalition was formed by the Fund for Global Health and a wide range of partners from around the world combined to lend their support to the call for 3-star or better roads for all road users. Star Rating of Designs extended in application worldwide and the Qatar Government helped developed tools to make the process easier. FedEx has supported the further development of the Star Rating for Schools tablet app to ensure a free, simple and scalable solution for NGO's and school communities to apply globally.
Major governments launched dedicated safer roads funds including the impressive Highway Safety to Cherish Life programme in China, the Bruce and Midland Highway investment in Australia, the Safer Roads Alliance and Wellington Gateway projects in New Zealand, the Utah Government Strategic Highway Safety Plan, the Highways England and Department for Transport Safer Roads Fund in the UK as well as major development bank investment in low and middle-income countries.
Further improvements to the models, software, training and quality assurance provisions were made over the next 3 years based on the feedback from partner countries. By the end of 2012 programme activities extended to over 70 countries, with the risk on an estimated 500,000km assessed, iRAP receiving charitable status and global supplier networks being established. The introduction of star rating for designs was also enabling new objective targets to be set to guide the safety performance of new roads. Vaccines for Road II was launched summarising the progress from pilots to global programmes.
New software and systems were developed to support the scale of activity worldwide, overseen by the independent Global Technical Committee. Model innovation including urban risk mapping, star rating for schools and enhanced reporting for more advanced countries helped partners expand activity . Large scale application in urban and rural areas continued in countries like Mexico, India, China, Colombia, South Africa, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, USA South East Europe. Major road lengths were now being upgraded based on iRAP recommendations.
The new techniques assumed reliable crash data would not be available. They added innovative economic appraisal to generate safety investment programmes which would raise the safety rating and give the highest returns. The results from the pilot programmes were contained in the inaugural Vaccines for Roads report launched in 2009 at a global conference at EBRD.
iRAP was formed in 2006 and was granted charity status in 2011 (UK Registered Charity 1140257). The organisation forms the umbrella organization for road assessment programmes worldwide – e.g. Europe (EuroRAP), Australia (AusRAP), and the US (usRAP) and facilitates the development of road assessment work in low and middle income countries.
In 2006, following the suggestion of the World Bank, RAP techniques specifically tailored for use in low and middle income countries were developed using a €3m grant from the FIA Foundation. These were piloted in Chile, Costa Rica, Malaysia and South Africa.
(Director General, FIA Foundation)
(Former CEO, TRL)
(Former Executive Director RACC Foundation)
Managing Director, iRAP Strategic Projects
Regional Director, The Americas
Dr Steve Lawson
Regional Director, Middle East & Africa
Global Product Director
Global Programme Manager
Global Operations Manager
iRAP's Safe Cities and Innovation Specialist
Senior Road Safety Engineer
Senior Road Safety Engineer
Road Safety Engineer
IndiaRAP's Programme Manager
IndiaRAP Technical Manager
Road Safety Engineer
Full Stack Developer
Full Stack Developer
Full Stack Developer
Training and Accreditation Coordinator
Star Rating for Schools Global Coordinator
Contracts and Finance Analyst
EuroRAP Secretary General
EuroRAP Project Officer
European Institute of Road Assessment