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Introduction to United Nations Road Safety Conventions

In November 2017, twelve voluntary global performance targets were developed at an intergovernmental meeting. These voluntary targets were welcomed by the United Nations General Assembly when government delegations met in April 2018. The targets are mentioned in the latest General Assembly Resolutions on “Improving global road safety”.

Target 2 aspires to have all countries around the world accede to one or more of the core road safety-related United Nations legal instruments by 2030.

This webinar provides an introduction to the United Nations core road safety-related legal instruments. These may be categorized broadly into five groups: traffic rules, road signs, vehicle regulations, transport of dangerous goods, and professional driver fatigue.

In the first group on traffic rules, the listener will discover the 1949 and 1968 Conventions on Road Traffic. In the second group on road signs, the 1968 Convention on Road Signs and Signals will be examined. In the third group on vehicle regulations, the listener will become acquainted with the 1958, 1997 and 1998 “Vehicle Regulations” Agreements and in the fourth, the 1957 European Agreement for the international carriage of dangerous goods by road. The webinar will conclude with the fifth and last group on addressing professional driver fatigue through the 1970 European Agreement concerning the work of crews of vehicles engaged in international road transport.