An RMIT Australia researcher has produced a practical and innovative star-rating system for international road safety that has the potential to help to make roads safer in Vietnam.
The International Road Policing Assessment Program (IRPAP) will enable traffic police jurisdictions to self-assess, and continually improve their capacity for road safety reform.
RMIT Australia’s Dr Raymond Shuey examined road policing and traffic law enforcement in low to middle-income countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia and Thailand.
Dr Shuey said there have previously been no international benchmarking criteria, star rating systems or models for road policing and traffic law enforcement.
“The newly developed program provides road policing organisations in any country with a practical means of assessing their current police enforcement capability, including efficiency, effectiveness and safety,” he said.
“Using the IRPAP star-rating model, jurisdictions can benchmark their capability against an international standard – with the grading within the model determining improvements for building capacity and capability.”
The research complements two international road safety benchmarking models already in place: iRAP – the International Road Assessment Program, five star ratings for safer roads; and NCAP – the New Car Assessment Program, five star ratings for safer cars.
“IRPAP aims to provide a practical benchmarking self-assessment tool and, by developing and enhancing police professionalism and leadership with strategic, operational and tactical capability, the ultimate aim is to prevent death and injuries,” he said.
The new star-rating system has allowed Dr Shuey to make a meaningful contribution to international road policing, exchange practical policing experiences across borders and use the knowledge gained to directly assist road police.
This story was first published in RMIT Vietnam's Exchange magazine.