Road Safety Authority

Road Safety Authority

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is Ireland’s primary road safety organisation and an official statutory body.  The RSA was formed in September 2006 following the passing of the Road Safety Authority Act 2006. We are principally funded by, and responsible to, the Department of Transport.

Following the 2006 Act, functions previously undertaken by the Department of Transport, the National Roads Authority and the National Safety Council were transferred to the RSA.

This is the first time in Ireland that key activities related to road safety have been handed to a single statutory body. This means we can co-ordinate and implement road safety initiatives in a way that was not possible until now.  The aim of the Road Safety Authority is to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the number and severity of collisions on the road. The RSA works to improve road safety in Ireland by:

  • Developing and implementing information and education campaigns to increase awareness of road safety and promote safer driving

  • Improving vehicle standards

  • Establishing and monitoring a standard for driver instruction

  • Overseeing the system of driver licensing and undertaking certain enforcement activities

  • Working with stakeholders to ensure a co-ordinated response and ensure our collective resources are used wisely and efficiently

  • Undertaking accident and road safety research in order to develop measures and recommendations to improve road safety

  • Advising the Minister for Transport on road safety policy

  • Producing road safety strategy documents and monitoring their implementation

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