In this paper, the road safety management system in Greece is analysed, on the basis of methodologies
developed and data collected within the DaCoTA research project of the European Commission. More
specifically, the DaCoTA project aimed to investigate the road safety management framework in European
countries in order to help promote “good practice” and optimize management processes. For that purpose, road safety management systems have been thoroughly investigated in 14 European countries in 2010, by means of interviews with governmental representatives and independent experts in each country who filled in an extensive questionnaire on the degree to which the various road safety management systems meet the “good practice” criteria. The questions related to five main areas of Road Safety Management: (i) Institutional organisation, (ii) Policy formulation and adoption, (iii) Policy implementation and funding, (iv) Monitoring and evaluation, and (v) Scientific support and capacity building. The data was then analyzed by means of qualitative analysis i.e. a thorough analysis and cross-checking of the questionnaire responses and related comments of the experts, in order to draw a reliable and accurate picture or “profile” for each country. The country profile of Greece was examined against a ‘reference’ country profile, which was assumed to meet all the goof practice criteria. The results reveal that in Greece, as in other European countries, there are road safety management structures and processes foreseen, which are often not active, and road safety strategies and programmes, which are implemented scarcely. As a consequence, there is no dedicated budget for road safety, and no regular monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of road safety policies. Several recommendations for the improvement of road safety management in Greece are outlined.
|Tags||field surveys, international comparisons, road safety measures, road safety strategy|