Practical Road Safety Auditing

Practical Road Safety Auditing explores the systematic process for checking the safety of new and improved road schemes for the benefit of future road users.

Practical Road Safety Auditing
Practical Road Safety Auditing

Who wrote this?

The authors - M. Belcher, S. Proctor and P. Cook - are by practising Road Safety Auditors, who between them have carried out over 2,000 Road Safety Audits.


The third edition was published in February 2015.


Practical Road Safety Auditing provides engineers with clear and comprehensive guidance regarding the new Certificate of Competency, launched by the Highways Agency as part of the new Safety Audit Standard in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.

Who should read this?

This book will teach, inform and guide all practitioners commissioning audits, those carrying them out, and those whose schemes are being audited.


This new edition shares the latest theory and practice from regions such as Europe, South East Asia, Australasia, the Middle East, Canada and the Americas, using real-life examples and case studies of successes and failures to enable the reader to apply best practice to their own road scheme. It includes:

  • Up-to-date new research and control data from the industry to help readers carry out a successful Road Safety Audit
  • New Certificate of Competency requirements for engineers in the UK and a brief discussion of practice in other countries
  • Coverage of other types of design audits, including technical, cycle, pedestrian, mobility, Non-Motorised User Audit and Quality Audit
  • Current issues and legal implications of the Road Safety Audit process

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