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Road Traffic Safety



The UNECE pioneered road safety activities in the United Nations system with the establishment of an Ad Hoc Working Group on the prevention of road accidents in 1950. In 1988, the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), an intergovernmental body, was established. The Working Party changed its name to “Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1)” in 2017.

Today, Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety remains the only permanent body in the United Nations system that focuses on improving road safety. Its primary function is to serve as guardian of the United Nations legal instruments aimed at harmonizing traffic rules. More...

In focus

At its eighty-fifth session in September 2022, WP.1 adopted a resolution on safety considerations for activities other than driving undertaken by drivers when automated driving systems issuing transition demands exercise dynamic control (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2021/2/Rev.1).

A WP.1 brochure on the “Prevailing Convention for the issue/use of Domestic Driving Permits and International Driving Permits under the 1949 and 1968 Conventions on Road Traffic” has been issued.

A brochure containing a “Charter of Road Traffic Victims’ Rights” which is a joint initiative of the WP.1 secretariat, the Institute for European Traffic Law and the Council of Bureaux has been prepared at the request of WP.1