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Safe System audit guidelines for transport projects

Published: | Category: Road safety , Planning, design, funding, building, maintenance of the transport network , Guidance for specialists | Audience: Road controlling authorities

This guide also provides clients, project managers and project sponsors with information on current practice in the management and delivery of the Safe System audit procedures.

This guide clarifies the roles, responsibilities and relationships of the client team, project sponsor, project manager, audit team and audit team leader.

Safe System audits procedures must be applied for all relevant improvement and renewal projects with funding from the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP). See the Planning and Investment Knowledge Base information for full details:

2021–24 NLTP: Safe System audit

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Publication details

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  • Published: October 2022
  • Version: Interim release October 2022
  • ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 978-1-99-004466-3 (online)
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