History

EuroRAP began as an idea in 1999 to address the unnecessary and preventable toll of death and serious injury on Europe’s roads. With a partnership of Government and non-government partners forming EuroRAP, and within the Safe System approach, the programme sought to promote the least understood pillar of safer road infrastructure, developing consistent methods to measure and map safety performance. The commitment of our Members has won the programme overwhelming support. Through a spirit of co-operation and enabling others EuroRAP has grown from a 4-country pilot to a programme now active in nearly 30 countries, in the past decade.

In 2005, the FIA foundation helped establish iRAP as an umbrella organisation. Road Assessment Programmes (RAP) are now active in over 70 countries worldwide covering Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. See iRAP for further information

Here we chart the programme’s evolution and our commitment in the next decade for a Europe Free of High Risk Roads.

EuroRAP Timeline

2019
2019

2019

UN Member States agree on 12 targets for global road safety. Two of those targets specifically talk about infrastructure safety and cover the 3-star or better target that we are looking for globally. The programme continues to expand with the Malaysian programme MyRAP and BrazilRAP, the latter being launched with DNIT.

100+ countries worldwide

2018
2018

2018

English €200m Safer Road Fund results. EU sets out its 3rd Mobility Package with focus on road safety. ThaiRAP launched with Chula, DOH and DRR.

2017
2017

2017

Valetta: EuroRAP Represents Infrastructure Stakeholders at Ministerial. EuroRAP hosts iRAP Innovation Workshop at Automotive Centre Helmond. EuroRAP members overhaul rules to expand inclusion. IndiaRAP launched at AITD with FedEx support.

2016
2016

2016

2016 – Commissioner leads Workshop on Saving Lives at EuroRAP General Assembly. EuroRAP Establishes EIRA as Bridge Between West and East – RADAR Begins.

2015
2015

2015

EuroRAP launches Towards a Europe Free of High-Risk Roads. SENSoR (South East Neighbourhood Safe Roads) recommendations for infrastructure safety in 14 countries. UN Sustainable Development Goal to halve road deaths and injuries.

2014
2014

2014

2014 – World’s largest transnational cooperation in Road Assessment – 20,000 kms of road inspected and Star Rated in South East Europe.

2013
2013

2013

EuroRAP and Euro NCAP publish the Roads that Cars can Read II: ‘White lines are the rails of the self-driving car’ report. 8,500 kms of Regional Roads Assessed in the Netherlands. South Africa RAP launched.

2012
2012

2012

EuroRAP commits to build a Europe Free of High-Risk Roads as its contribution to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. EuroRAP mobilises 14 eastern European nations with the SENSoR (South East Neighbourhood Safe Routes) project. 70 countries had undertaken RAP assessments and they were put together in a summary report called Vaccines for Roads.

70 countries worldwide

2011
2011

2011

The first online European Road Safety Atlas. EuroRAP and EuroNCAP collaborate on Roads That Cars Can Read. Training for planners, engineers and road safety professionals. Partnership with the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. FIA Foundation, iRAP major donor, provided a long-term donation to the charity.

2010
2010

2010

A collaboration between ACAFA, ANWB, RACC, RSF, & TCB publish star ratings for popular tourist routes through Belgium, France and Spain. How Safe Are You on Europe’s Trade Routes provides the first comprehensive analysis of TEN-T roads in 15 countries.

2009
2009

2009

The EC supports EuroRAP’s 3-year European Road Safety Atlas Project to provide a key resource on the safety deficits of Europe’s roads. EuroRAP Members join in the European Campaign for Safe Road Design. Special Prince Michael International Award at the first UN inter-Ministerial conference on road safety for EuroRAP’s work establishing iRAP. Start of accreditation programme to provide a pool of road inspection providers.

2008
2008

2008

Growth into Central and Eastern EU continues. A special RAP panel publish Barriers to Change. Partnership with China Ministry of Transport, leading to the development of ChinaRAP.

2007
2007

2007

EuroRAP III: From Measurement to Mass Action – extending into Eastern EU nations. RAP development in low- and middle-income countries: ADAC inspect roads in East Africa and RACC in Latin America.

2006
2006

2006

Safer Roads Save Lives campaign. Road inspections roll out. The Getting Organised to Make Roads Safe report urges action and constructive measures. RAP techniques for Low and Lower Middle-Income Countries. The FIA foundation helped establish iRAP as an umbrella organisation.

2005
2005

2005

From project to programme: EuroRAP II: From Measurement to Action. Publication: From Arctic to Mediterranean. KiwiRAP created.

20+ countries worldwide.

2004
2004

2004

Star Rating methodology picks up pace. EuroRAP wins the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

2003
2003

2003

EuroRAP I project. EuroRAP recognised as the basis for a European safety monitor of road networks to assess road safety performance in Member States. Pilot work begins on usRAP.

2002
2002

2002

EuroRAP established as a Brussels-based International Non-Profit Association (AISBL) to manage Road Assessment Programmes across the EU. ADAC, ANWB and RSF – Founding Members.

2000
2000

2000-2001

Methodology development. Risk maps in UK, Netherlands, Sweden, and Spain. Important findings. Australia gears up for an AusRAP programme.

1999
1999

1999

Partnerships of British, Dutch and Swedish Governments. European mobility clubs and safety charities. Focus of infrastructure as a way to improve road safety.