This International Standard specifies requirements for a road traffic safety (RTS) management system to enable an organization that interacts with the road traffic system to reduce death and serious injuries related to road traffic crashes which it can influence. The requirements in this International Standard include development and implementation of an appropriate RTS policy, development of RTS objectives and action plans, which take into account legal and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about elements and criteria related to RTS that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence.

This International Standard is applicable to any organization, regardless of type, size and product or service provided, that wishes to
a) improve RTS performance,
b) establish, implement, maintain and improve an RTS management system,
c) assure itself of conformity with its stated RTS policy, and
d) demonstrate conformity with this International Standard.

This International Standard is intended to address RTS management. It is not intended to specify the technical and quality requirements of transportation products and services (e.g. roads, traffic signs/lights, automobiles, trams, cargo and passenger transportation services, rescue and emergency services).

It is not the intent of this International Standard to imply uniformity in the structure of RTS management systems or uniformity of documentation. RTS is a shared responsibility. This International Standard is not intended to exclude road users from their obligations to comply with the law and behave responsibly. It can support the organization in its efforts to encourage road users to comply with the law.

All requirements of this International Standard are generic.

Where any requirement of this International Standard cannot be applied due to the nature of an organization and its products or services, that requirement can be considered for exclusion, provided the exclusion and the reason for exclusion are documented.

Where exclusions are made, claims of conformity to this International Standard are only acceptable where these exclusions do not affect the organization’s ability to establish, implement, maintain and improve an RTS management system successfully.