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Technical Assistance for the Capacity Building in Road Safety Auditing of KGM for the Road Infrastructure Safety Management in Turkey

              Technical Assistance for the Capacity Building in Road Safety Auditing of KGM for the Road Infrastructure Safety Management in Turkey

Road Safety Audit Capacity Building for staff of Karayolları Genel Müdürlüğü (KGM, the General Directorate of Highways in Türkiye) with the assistance of the European Union to implement the Road Infrastructure Safety Management system. Between July and October 2023 about 50 staff members from the central and regional offices are being trained in road safety assessment of project in design and construction stages in line with the latest European Directive for Road Safety.

On assignment of WEglobal Danışmanlık A.S. I had drafted the Handbook Road Safety Auditing for Türkiye, based on European Directive 2019/1936, which will be used as the main reference for the performance of road safety audits on the projects of KGM road network. Next, as one of the trainers I set up the training programme and training materials for capacity building of KGM staff, based on the contents of the Handbook. Materials in the form of modules for theory and practice of road safety auditing were prepared. Training materials included presentations and detailed lectures, etc.), design sheets used in the case studies, role plays, and question & answers sessions were developed by me. Practical examples of current road projects were provided by KGM.

Subsequently I took part in the team of trainers for road safety audit level 1 (theoretical training in office) and the training for road safety audit level 2 (practical training on site assessment and in office work for drafting of trainees' audit reports). Out of the three groups of trainees I presented two times ten days both level 1 and 2 training sessions in classroom and on site. Trainings are provided for total 36 trainees for 10 days. Training included the items mentioned in Annex II of European Directive 2008/96/EC, as well as process and methods of road safety audit, and points to consider during road safety audits. During the training, materials as prepared previously and the Handbook formed the basis for the road safety audit practical training sessions which were followed by the trainees with continuous interest and growing enthusiasm.

Candidates who completed the training will be invited to an examination under the supervision of the International Road Federation (IRF) and if successful will receive a road safety audit certificate for the Turkish road network.