The Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatory (APRSO) is the regional forum on road safety data, policies and practices to ensure the protection of human life on the roads across Asia and the Pacific.   Read More

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The important activities on building capacity of ADB and partners in road safety to prevent serious injuries and deaths were recognized as a recipient of the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2023.


The latest WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2023 shows that efforts to improve road safety are having an impact, and that significant reductions in road traffic deaths can be made if proven measures are applied. Despite this, the price paid for mobility remains too high. Road traffic injuries remain the leading killer of children and young people aged 5-29 years.


Registrations close on Tuesday, 21 November, for this in-person event to be held at ADB Headquarters, Manila.

See the updated agenda, line-up of speakers, and activities, and register at


Road traffic crashes cause approximately 1.3 million deaths globally each year: as a consequence, post-crash care has been included as one of five pillars in the safe system approach to road safety advocate.


Jean Todt, UN Special Envoy for Road Safety, will be delivering the keynote speech for our upcoming event in December.

See the line-up of speakers and register for the event here:


The Asia-Pacific Road Safety Observatory is pleased to announce its latest member to the Observatory. As of June 2023, Papua New Guinea joins the the APRSO, which now has 27 member countries.

The APRSO focal person for PNG is Mr. Roy H. Mumu, Secretary of the Department of Transport..


The Asia-Pacific Road Safety Observatory is pleased to announce its latest members to the Observatory. As of May 2023, Iran and Turkey are the two newest members of the APRSO, which now has 26 member countries.

The APRSO focal person for Iran is Mr. Hormoz Zakeri, General Director Assistance of the country's lead agency for road safety, the Ministry of Road and Urban Development. For Turkey, the focal is Tolga Hakan from the Traffic Department of the Ministry of Interior. 


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) commissioned a study, as part of its work with member countries in South Asia, to develop and test a way of assessing the maturity of national road safety management systems. This paper describes the theoretical and analytical foundations of the resulting maturity assessment framework, how the framework was developed and applied, and how it can be used to support ADB operations and road safety improvement in developing member countries.


The freely available Safety Insights Explorer is a unique, evidence-based, and interactive resource that can help ADB project officers measure and communicate both the scale of the safety problem and the opportunities that exist to save lives in developing member countries.


Two country workshops on crash data investigation and analysis were conducted by the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC ) program in collaboration with Asia-Pacific Road Safety Observatory (APRSO) in March 2023, with the first one in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia last 6-7 March, and the second in Dushanbe on 13-14 March, Tajikistan. Over 60 participants attended the two workshops, coming from the traffic police, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Interior Affairs, and other organizations working on road safety.


Using theoretical and analytical foundations, this working paper shows the development and use of a maturity assessment framework to support ADB operations and road safety improvement in developing member countries.


Campaigns, training, education, promotion, and awareness raising are all commonly used terms in road safety, yet are generally not clearly understood or well used. This note outlines best uses and ineffective uses, in order to inform adoption of best practice and to avoid wasting resources. It also briefly summarizes the extensive evidence for the complex underlying psychological processes behind what works and what does not, showing that what are often thought to be “common-sense approaches” to what works will be quite misleading and must be abandoned.


Road crashes kill over 1.3 million people every year worldwide and seriously injure millions more. A Safe System approach to road safety can drastically reduce road deaths – but how can it actually be put in place? This report provides experience-based guidance on implementing the Safe System approach.


This report prepared by an Asia–Pacific Road Safety Observatory (APRSO) taskforce analyzes how improving crash and accident data collection can better protect lives on the region’s roads.


The State Program of Azerbaijan Republic on Road Safety for 2019-2023 reflects measures on reducing the number of traffic crashes by increasing the level of road safety in the Republic of Azerbaijan, and reducing the socio-economic damage to the country as a result of these fatalities. Large-scale, intensive, systematic, and coordinated measures on the basis of single program are needed to implement for increasing the level of road safety in the country, reducing the number of road crashes and their damage, and ensuring the transition to the use of environmentally friendly vehicles.


From the International Transport Forum:

This booklet presents measures that effectively reduce road traffic deaths and serious injuries in cities. It covers urban street design, traffic management and improving mobility options. Measures are illustrated with examples reported by cities collaborating in the ITF Safer City Streets network and include information on cost and effectiveness.


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We'd like to share a visual summary of key findings from the APRSO's Annual Report 2021.

From the Foreword:


APRSO Governance Statute.

Amended and accepted by members after the APRSO Annual Meeting in Nov 2021.



Article 1 - Creation

This document sets out the governance structure and the functions of the Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatory (APRSO) as agreed by its member countries.

Article 2 - Vision

This Guide provides information about different types of penalties that have been applied to traffic offences. Penalties for traffic offences are a critical component of behaviour change techniques that have been used extensively with the aim of encouraging road users to comply with traffic laws and to use the road system safely.
The purpose of this document is to further describe the minimal methodological requirements to qualify for the BASELINE key performance indicators for driving under the influence of alcohol, defined as: Percentage of drivers driving within the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration.
Get an overview of Cambodia's road safety situation, its national policy and actions, and the Road Crash and Victim Information System (RCVIS).
Know more about the objectives, strategic targets, and primary goals of Mongolia's National Road Safety Strategy 2012-2020
This presentation covers Afghanistan's role in transport and transit in the region. It also lists the national roads in Afghanistan, the overall road situation, challenges and proposed solutions.
Get an overview of the current road safety situation, statistics and challenges in Azerbaijan. Know more about the projects carried out by organizations within the country and the next steps towards improving Azerbaijan road safety.
These slides present an overview and statistics of the road safety situation in Cambodia, followed by projects and programs tackling the key issues and challenges in this area.
ADB has initiated the Asian Transport Outlook (ATO) to strengthen the knowledge base on transport in the Asia-Pacific region. The ATO is developed in support of the planning and delivery of ADB Transport Sector Assistance. At the same time, the ATO supports ADB's Developing Member Countries in transport policy development and delivery.

Road accidents inflicts high economic costs. This indicator reports economic costs of road accident injuries in USD.

Reported distribution of road traffic deaths by type of road user type - Motorised two wheelers including electric two wheelers is considered here.

Road accidents inflicts high economic costs. This ratio considers economic costs of road accidents with GDP (SEC-SEG-001).

Country-collected data on road traffic deaths broken down by road user groups. Data were collected from a number of different sectors and stakeholders in each country and were submitted to the World Health Organization after consensus meetings, facilitated by national data coordinators.

Maximum speed limit for cars on these two road types. Urban roads: these are roads within cities or built up areas (e.g. residential areas); Rural roads: these are roads that are not urban roads nor roads going between cities

Estimated number of deaths due to road traffic fatal injury in the specified year.