The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) has released road safety audit guidance, particularly to help where national design standards may not apply.
The CIHT said the online manual would help road safety auditors apply good practice where they are unable to comply fully with the requirements of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB).
The manual was produced by the CIHT's Society of Road Safety Auditors (SoRSA) and has been developed with newcomers to road safety audits in mind, to help them understand their role and responsibilities through the process.
SoRSA chair Stewart Knowles said the guidance had been launched in response to a growing need across the road safety audit community.
‘The CIHT SoRSA Road Safety Audit Guidelines 2020 will provide a valuable tool for those working across road safety. CIHT SoRSA has produced this guidance to supplement the information contained within DMRB GG119 Road Safety Audit (and its successor documents),' he said.
'It has not been developed to replace the national standard but will provide useful information and guidance to developers, local authorities, designers and auditors on how to apply good road safety audit practice when it is not appropriate (or possible) to comply fully with the requirements of DMRB standards.'
Mr Knowles added: ‘While the guidance is primarily focused on the UK road network, it is acknowledged that international road authorities may approach some of these stages differently. However, CIHT and SoRSA recommend the adoption of these practices internationally.’
The CIHT said the guidelines will be regularly updated to reflect the latest updates and examples of good and current practice, with the manual itself designed in easy to use sections that cover the whole stages of road safety audit.
SoRSA will also be running a ‘question time’ webinar on the new guidance on 16 November.