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Road Safety Vision, Plans, and Targets
Road safety programmes in Spain are developed and decided on an annual basis. The programmes do not give specific targets or time frames. Most road safety measures are defined fairly generally, but some initiatives more concrete.
Apart from the annual Spanish national road safety programme, the various autonomous regions have their own regional road safety programmes. For instance the Catalan road safety programme, approved by the Catalan government on 5 March 2002, is several years long (2002-2004) and has a numerical target: to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries by 15% over three years (base year 2000).
Road Safety Priorities
For 2001, the road safety programme identifies the following priorities.
Road Safety Management Organisation
Safety co-ordination is in the hands of the National Traffic and Highway Safety Council. This council involves 50 members and is chaired by the Minister of the Interior. The Traffic General Directorate (Dirección General de Tráfico) is responsible for the development of road safety programmes for road users and vehicles, while the Highway General Directorate is responsible for infrastructure. Funding is primarily from the national, regional, and local budgets and each administration decides the level of funding for the programmes for which it is responsible. Spain has recently become a member of the European Enhanced Vehicle safety research Committee (EEVC), setting passive safety vehicle standards. The Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya) is EuroNCAP partner.
ITS Españna (http://www.itsspain.com/) is a Spanish organisation of industries and authorities working on developing ITS activities in Spain.
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