Approving the National Road Safety Development Programme for 2011-2017


Published: 2011-02-03

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GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
 
 
 
Resolution No 257
 
 
 
APPROVING the national road SAFETY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR 2011-2017
 
 
 
2 March 2011
 
Vilnius
 
 
 
Acting in pursuance of Article 7 of the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Road Traffic Safety (Valstybės žinios (Official Gazette), No 92-2883, 2000; No 128-5213, 2007; No 75-3791, 2010), the Government of the Republic of Lithuania has resolved:
 
1. To approve the National Road Safety Development Programme for 2011-2017 (as appended).
 
2. This Resolution shall enter into force on 1 April 2011.
 
 
 
 
 
Prime Minister                                                                  ANDRIUS KUBILIUS
 
 
 
 
 
Minister of Transport and Communications                     ELIGIJUS MASIULIS
 
 
 
 
APPROVED by Resolution No 257
of 2 March 2011
of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
 
national road SAFETY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR 2011-2017
 
 
CHAPTER I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
 
1.    The National Road Safety Development Programme for 2011-2017 (hereinafter referred to as the programme) is intended to facilitate the implementation of the road safety vision, with a view to preventing serious or fatal injuries among road users in Lithuania.
 
2.    The programme provides for goals leading to further reduction of the number of traffic accidents in Lithuania as well as the number of road users’ fatalities and injuries.
 
3.    The programme has been drafted in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Road Traffic Safety (Valstybės žinios (Official Gazette), No 92-2883, 2000; No 128-5213, 2007) and the Strategic Planning Methodology approved by Resolution No 827 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 6 June 2002 On the Strategic Planning Methodology (Valstybės žinios (Official Gazette), No 57-2312, 2000; No 102-5279, 2010).
 
4.    The programme has been drafted in compliance with the Communication from the European Commission of 26 July 2010 to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Region ‘Towards a European road safety area: policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020’ (COM(2010) 389 final).
 
5.    The strategic goal of the programme is to improve the road traffic safety and bring Lithuania among the top ten European Union countries with the lowest road users’ fatality rate per one million population (or under 60 deaths per one million population).
6. The strategic goal shall be pursued in accordance with the following priorities:
6.1. safe behaviour of road users (hereinafter referred to as priority 1);
6.2. safe roads (hereinafter referred to as priority 2);
6.3. safe vehicles (hereinafter referred to as priority 3);
6.4. fast and efficient emergency aid to road users (hereinafter referred to as priority 4);
6.5. modern information technology (hereinafter referred to as priority 5).
 
 
CHAPTER II
PROGRAMME GOALS AND OBJECTIVES, ASSESSMENT CRITERIA AND THEIR VALUES
 
7. Priority 1 shall entail the following goals:
7.1. to ensure education of road users in road safety (hereinafter referred to as goal 1 of priority 1). Goal 1 of priority 1 shall be pursued for the following reasons:
7.1.1. about 90% of road accidents occur due to the fault of road users; thus education and compliance enforcement have a great impact on their behaviour;
7.1.2. it is important to train children in road safety to develop appropriate road safety skills;
7.1.3. it is important to continue public education in road safety, with a view to developing correct attitude towards road safety matters. The road safety was well improved by social road safety advertisements on TV in 2005-2010, also a road safety promotional campaign ‘Stop the war on the roads’ launched by the national transmitter;
7.1.4. it is important to improve the process of initial training for drivers, as 15% of all traffic accidents occur due to the fault of novice drivers;
7.1.5. it is important to raise competence of road safety professionals, as they have a direct impact across all the areas of road safety activities;
7.2. Goal 1 of priority 1 shall entail the following objectives:
7.2.1. to train road safety professionals and instructors, and develop their competence;
7.2.2. to develop child skills in road safety culture at educational establishments;
7.2.3. to educate the society;
7.2.4. to achieve quality in driving instruction;
7.3. to enforce road user compliance (hereinafter referred to as goal 2 of priority 1). Goal 2 of priority 1 shall be pursued for the following reasons:
7.3.1. about 90% of traffic accidents are the result of road users’ behaviour on the road. The behaviour of road users on the road is greatly affected by the requirements of the Road Traffic Rules, their enforcement, and the size of penalties for violations of the Road Traffic Rules;
7.3.2 Though in 2005-2010, the liability for serious violations of the Road Traffic Rules became more stringent, the enforcement of traffic compliance on regional and country roads still remains inadequate, therefore, the perceived risk of apprehension for the violation of the Road Traffic Rules is low. This results in a large number of unrecorded violations of the Road Traffic Rules;
7.4. Goal 2 of Priority 1 shall entail the following objectives:
7.4.1  to organise road user compliance control;
7.4.2. to monitor dangerous and bully behavior on the roads;
7.4.3. to monitor drunk-driving of road users;
7.4.4. to monitor speed;
7.4.5. to monitor the use of safety devices;
7.4.6. to monitor the use of light reflectors;
7.4.7. to monitor driving and rest time.
8. Priority 2 shall entail the following goal:
8.1. to increase safety of road infrastructure (hereinafter referred to as the goal of priority 2). The goal of priority 2 shall be pursued for the following reasons:
8.1.1. the majority of traffic accidents occur due to violations of the requirements of the Road Traffic Rules by road users. Appropriate road infrastructure and measures introduced on the roads for road safety improvement contribute to attenuating the consequences of traffic accidents;
8.1.2. the large part of the Lithuanian road infrastructure is below the road safety requirements. The road infrastructure improvement must rely only on economically reasoned and effective measures;
8.2. The goal of priority 2 shall entail the following objectives:
8.2.1. to increase road infrastructure safety for pedestrians and cyclists;
8.2.2. to increase road infrastructure safety for drivers and passengers;
8.2.3. to control driving speed;
8.2.4. to reduce the number of road sections with high accident rates and ‘black spots’;
8.2.5. to carry out safety inspections of road infrastructure.
9. Priority 3 shall entail the following goal:
9.1. to increase vehicle safety (hereinafter referred to as the goal of priority 3). The goal of priority 3 is pursued for the following reasons:
9.1.1. safe vehicles with modern equipment, along with safe road infrastructure, help attenuating the consequences of drivers’ mistakes, also protect passengers and other road users in an accident;
9.1.2. The vehicle park in Lithuania has mainly second-hand cars, which are often repaired after traffic accidents, therefore potentially unsafe due to their age or improper restoration of their original technical characteristics;
9.1.3. the average age of vehicles in Lithuania is 15 years. Their safety equipment is naturally worse than the safety equipment of new vehicles;
9.2. The goal of priority 3 entails the following objectives:
9.2.1. to carry out control of technical condition of vehicles;
9.2.2 to increase the number of safe vehicles.
10. Priority 4 entails the following goal:
10.1. to ensure speedy and quality assistance for the injured persons (hereinafter referred to as the goal of priority 4). The goal of priority 4 shall be pursued because the life of heavily injured road users directly depends on the timely and effective emergency care. The goal of priority 4 is intended to ensure fast and efficient work of rescuers and medical staff on the roads;
10.2. Priority 4 entails the following goals:
10.2.1. to improve the work of rescue services on the roads;
10.2.2. to improve the work of medical emergency services on the roads.
11. Priority 5 entails the following goal:
11.1. to improve traffic data management (hereinafter referred to as the goal of priority 5). The goal of priority 5 shall be be pursued for the following reasons:
11.1.1. traffic data represent high value in identifying road safety problems and goals, as well as selecting measures for better road safety. Collection and immediate communication of traffic data to road users increases data accessibility. For this reason, it is important to improve the management of traffic data, as the implementation of information technology measures increases the reliability of the incoming data as well as possibilities of their immediate application. To this end, efforts are made to introduce intelligent transport systems, which are still insufficient in Lithuania;
11.2. The goal of priority 5 entails the following objectives:
11.2.1. to improve the procedure for collecting and communicating road safety data;
11.2.2. to introduce and develop intelligent transport systems (ITS).
12. The programme assessment criteria and their target values are listed in the annex to the programme.
 
III. PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY
 
13. The implementation of the programme shall be coordinated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
14. The programme shall be implemented by following ministries: Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Health, municipalities, Lithuanian Road Administration under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, State Road Transport Inspectorate under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior, Fire Safety and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior, and Vehicle Insurers’ Office.
15. Programme coordination shall be subject to the inter-institutional action plan, approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
16. The programme implementing institutions shall, within 15 working days after the the end of the year, submit information to the Ministry of Transport and Communications on the programme outcomes, along with suporting information, stating the reasons for failing to attain or for exceeding the target values and/or other relevant information.
17. The programme shall be funded from general national budget appropriations for administrators, within the financial possibilites of the state, municipal funds, funds of the Road Supervision and Development Programme, also from the Prevention Fund of the Lithuanian Vehicle Insurers’ Office, European Union funds, programmes and other legitimate funds.
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Annex to the the National Road Safety Programme for 2011-2017
 
 
ROAD SAFETY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ASSESSMENT CRITERIA, THEIR TARGET VALUES AND RESPONSIBLE INSTITUTIONS
 
Assessment criterion for the strategic goal of the programme
 
 
Code of assessment criterion
Title of the assessment criterion
2010 target value
Target outcomes
Responsible institution
2014
2017
E-01-01
Road users’ fatality rate per 1 mln. population in the country (number/1 mln. population)
90
£ 72
£ 60
Ministry of Transport and Communications
 
Assessment criteria for programme goals and objectives
 
Code of assessment criterion
No of goal and objective
Assessment criteria
Target outcomes
Responsible institution
2011
2017
 
1.
Priority 1(safe behaviour of road users), goal 1 (to ensure education of road users in road safety):
 
 
 
 
1.1.
Impact of road safety education tools, their awareness and accessibility (a percentage share of respondents, who themselves or their children changed attitude and behaviour as a result of the road safety education or information tools)
60
90
Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Police Department under the Ministry of Internal Affairs (hereinafter called the Police Department)
 
1.1.
The goal of priority 1 (to train road safety professionals and instructors, and develop their competence):  
 
 
 
 
1.1.1.
Number of trainings for traffic engineers (psc)
5
40
Lithuanian Road Administration under the Ministry of Transport and Communications (hereinafter referred to as the Lithuanian Road Administration),  
 
1.1.2.
Number of organised international and/or national events on road safety issues (psc)
1
3
Ministry of Transport and Communications
 
1.1.3.
Number of trainings for road safety instructors (psc)
0
5
Ministry of Education and Science
 
1.1.4.
Number of trainings for traffic control professionals (psc)

4
Police department
 
1.2.
The goal of priority 2 (to develop child skills in road safety culture at educational establishments):
 
 
 
 
1.2.1.
A percentage of educational establishments supplied with road safety didactical training material

100
Ministry of Education and Science
 
1.2.2.
The number of specifically equipped road safety premises and/or road safety training sites
10
100
Ministry of Education and Science
 
1.2.3.
The number of police establishments with road safety (safe conduct) premises equipped for children
5
10
Police Department
 
1.2.4.
Number of participants in the Lithuanian pupil competition ‘Save young lives on the road’ (number of participants per year in thousands)
30
50
Ministry of Education and Science
 
1.3.
The goal of priority 3 (to educate the society):
 
 
 
 
1.3.1.
Number of permanently updated sources of information on the internet, television, radio, press etc. on road safety situation
431
500
Police Department
 
1.3.2.
Number (psc) of issues of information publications on road safety situation
1
7
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
1.3.3.
Number (psc) of road safety campaigns assisted by the media in order to encourage polite conduct of road users
1
7
Ministry of Transport and Communications
 
1.3.4.
Number of road safety campaigns assisted by the media and directed against driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other psychotropic substances (psc)
1
7
Ministry of Transport and Communications
 
1.3.5.
Number of road safety campaigns assisted by the media and encouraging compliance with the allowed speed limits (psc)
1
7
Ministry of Transport and Communications
 
1.3.6.
Sources of information about the purpose, benefit of automatic speed measuring devices and the location of fixed speed meters on the road (websites, media, information brochures, satellite navigation equipment, etc)
2
4
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
1.3.7.
Number of road safety campaigns assisted by the media and encouraging the use of car, motorcycle, bicycle or other safety devices (such as safety belts, helmets, baby safety chairs in cars, etc)
1
7
Ministry of Transport and Communications
 
1.3.8.
Number of road safety campaigns for demonstrating the benefit of car safety devices (psc)
20
140
Ministry of Transport and Communications
 
1.3.9.
Number of road safety campaigns assisted by the media and encouraging the use of reflectors and to wear clothes with light reflecting elements(psc)
1
7
Ministry of Transport and Communications
 
1.4.
The objective of goal 4 (to achieve quality in driving instruction):
 
 
 
 
1.4.1.
Rate of individuals having passed their practical driving test at first attempt (percentage)
45
70
State Road Transport Inspectorate under the Ministry of Transport and Communications (hereinafter referred to as the State Road Transport Inspectorate)
 
1.4.2.
Number of inspections of driving schools
190
1 300
State Road Transport Inspectorate
 
1.4.3.
Number of inspections of driving instructor’s vehicles (psc)
650
4 000
State Road Transport Inspectorate
 
2.
Priority 1(safe behaviour of road users), goal 2 (road user compliance monitoring):
 
 
 
 
2.1.
Number of traffic safety campaigns focussing on road user control (psc)
57
475
Police Department
 
2.1.
The objective of goal 1 (to organise road user compliance monitoring):
 
 
 
 
2.1.1.
Number of police units equipped with modern traffic monitoring devices (psc)
11
11
Police Department
 
2.1.2.
Number of police officers trained to drive service vehicles in extreme conditions
220
250
Police Department
 
2.1.3.
Number of police officers trained to recognise drivers under the influence of narcotic or other psychotropic substances
250
1 000
Police Department
 
2.2.
The objective of goal 2 (to monitor dangerous and bully behaviour on the roads):
 
 
 
 
2.2.1.
Number of road safety campaigns targeted at bully and dangerous drivers (psc)
14
100
Police Department
 
2.3.
The objective of goal 3 (to monitor drunk-driving of road users):  
 
 
 
 
2.3.1.
Number of road safety campaigns targeted at drivers under influence of alcohol, drugs and other psychotropic substances
14
150
Police Department
 
2.4.
The objective of goal 4 (to monitor speed):
 
 
 
 
2.4.1.
Number of road safety campaigns targeted at drivers exceeding the allowed speed limits)
10
75
Police Department
 
2.5.
The objective of goal 5 (to monitor the use of safety devices):
 
 
 
 
2.5.1.
Number of road safety campaigns targeted at road users ignoring the requirement to use safety devices on cars, motocycles and bicycles (psc)
14
100
Police Department
 
2.6.
The objective of goal 6 (to monitor the use of light reflectors):
 
 
 
 
2.6.1.
Number of road safety campaigns targeted at road users ignoring the use of reflectors or illuminating lights or clothes with light reflecting elements during night time
7
50
Police Department
 
2.7.
The objective of goal 7 (to monitor observance of driving and rest time):
 
 
 
 
2.7.1.
Number of days worked by drivers under Regulation (EC) No 561/2006) (psc)
86 357
604 500
State Road Transport Inspectorate
 
3.
Priority 2 (safe roads) goal (to increase safety of road infrastructure):
 
 
 
 
3.1.
Declining rate of “black spots” against the same period in 2010 (in percentage)
10
50
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
3.1.
The objective of goal 1 (to increase road infrastructure safety for pedestrians and cyclists  
 
 
 
 
3.1.1.
Pedestrian and/or bicycle paths built or reconstructed on the roads of national significance (in km)
10
70
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
3.1.2.
Equipped lighting of roads of national significance (in km)
3
25
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
3.2.
The objective of goal 2 (to increase road infrastructure safety for drivers and passengers):
 
 
 
 
3.2.1.
Number of reconstructed dangerous crossings (psc)
5
40
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
3.2.2.
Length of road sections with increased roadside safety (in km)
17
120
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
3.3.
The objective of goal 3 (to control driving speed):
 
 
 
 
3.3.1.
Number of speed controlling measures equipped on the roads of national significance (psc)
42
300
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
3.3.2.
Number of sectoral speed meters (psc)

10
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
3.4.
The objective of goal 4 (to reduce the number of road sections with high accident rates and ‘black spots’):
 
 
 
 
3.4.1.
Identification of sections with higher accident rate and ‘black spots’ on the roads of national significance (times)
1
7
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
3.5.
The objective of goal 5 (to carry out safety inspections of road infrastructure):
 
 
 
 
3.5.1.
Number of audits and road safety impact assessments on the roads of national significance (psc)
50
360
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
3.5.2.
Length of roads of national significance with safety inspections carried out (thousands km)
1,73
21,2
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
4.
Priority 3 (safe vehicles) goal (to increase vehicle safety):
 
 
 
 
4.1.
Percentage of vehicles meeting the obligatory technical requirements at first inspection
45
70
Ministry of Transport and Communications
 
4.1.
The objective of goal 1 (to carry out checks of technical condition of vehicles):
 
 
 
 
4.1.1.
Measures to check whether the vehicle has had a mandatory technical check-up (description):
 
 
 
 
4.1.1.1.
Enabling the compliance enforcement authorities to follow the process of the mandatory technical inspection from the arrival of the vehicle for inspection up to the moment of departure from the site of inspection
 
 
 
 
4.1.1.2.
As far as possible, computerisation of the technological process of technical inspection by adapting modern information technologies, improving the quality of effecting technical inspections and reducing as much as possible the human factor when deciding on whether or not a vehicle is in conformity with the prescribed requirements
 
 
 
 
4.1.2.
By connecting the technical inspection information system with the information systems of the Ministry of the Interior, State Road Transport Inspectorate, State enterprise Regitra and other institutions (percentage of measures implemented)
50
100
State Road Transport Inspectorate
 
4.1.3.
Pieces of equipment acquired for inspecting the technical condition of vehicles on the road (psc)

15
State Road Transport Inspectorate
 
4.1.4.
Number of road inspections of the technical condition of vehicles (thousands)
71
500
Police Department, State Road Transport Inspectorate
 
4.1.5.
Number of checked tachographs
12
90
State Road Transport Inspectorate
 
4.1.6.
Number of searches for equipment and devices able to affect the operation of the tachograph
90
630
State Road Transport Inspectorate
 
4.1.7.
Number of heavy and measured large-scale vehicles weighed
2 271
15 900
State Road Transport Inspectorate
 
4.2.
The objective of goal 2 (to increase the number of safe cars):
 
 
 
 
4.2.1.
Average vehicle age (years)
15
11
Ministry of Transport and Communications
 
4.2.2.
Percentage from the Prevention Fund of the Lithuanian Vehicle Insurers’ Office directed to finance road safety measures
0,1
3
Vehicle Insurers’ Office
 
5.
Priority 4 (fast and efficient emergency assistance to road users) goal (ensure fast and efficient emergency assistance to the injured persons):
 
 
 
 
5.1.
Number of deaths in traffic accidents per 100 injuries (number of road users)
7
5
Ministry of Health Fire Safety and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as Fire Safety and Rescue Department)
 
5.1.
The objective of goal 1 (to improve the work of rescue services on the roads):
 
 
 
 
5.1.1.
Number of road accident rescue trainings (psc)
6
45
Fire Safety and Rescue Department
 
5.1.2.
Number of rescuers having taking part in the trainings
64
450
Fire Safety and Rescue Department
 
5.1.3.
Number of rescue kits obtained (psc)
5
55
Fire Safety and Rescue Department
 
5.1.4.
Number of special rescue vehicles obtained (psc)
1
12
Fire Safety and Rescue Department
 
5.2.
The objective of goal 2 (to improve the work of medical emergency services on the roads):
 
 
 
 
5.2.1.
Average age of ambulance cars (years)
10
7
Ministry of Health  
 
6.
Priority 5 (modern information technologies) goal (to improve traffic data management):
 
 
 
 
6.1.
Percentage of traffic data sources readily accessible to all the authorities concerned (percent)
50
100
Lithuanian Road Administration, Police Department, State Road Transport Inspectorate
 
6.1.
The objective of goal 1 (to improve the procedure for collecting and communicating road safety data):
 
 
 
 
6.1.1.
The first stage of the five includes the creation of a road transport register for undertakings (1 – preparing information system documentation; 2 – creating the information system itself, 3 – introducing the information system); 4 – field-testing of the information system; 5 – launching the information system in operation)
2
5
State Road Transport Inspectorate
 
6.1.2.
Percentage of road accident scenes identified (described) with the help of the satellite navigation

20
Police Department
 
6.2.
The objective of goal 2 (to introduce and develop intelligent transport systems (ITS):
 
 
 
 
6.2.1.
Capabilities of road weather conditions information system and the fixed speed meter system (in percentage)
80
100
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
6.2.2.
The level of development of the traffic information system and the system for speed management and warning through electronic road signs (in percentage).
20
80
Lithuanian Road Administration
 
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