Kommunpolitikers syn på trafiksäkerhet: en intervjustudie
2005 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)Alternative title
Municipal politicians attitudes to road safety - An interview study (English)
Qualitative in-depth interviews have been carried out with 20 municipal politicians responsible for road safety matters in 13 municipalities. The purpose was to elucidate the attitude of the municipal politicians to road safety, and work with road safety, and to see how the attitudes of the politicians were reflected in the decision-making process as regards road safety questions. The purpose was also to see if there were any differences between large and small municipalities. Several of those interviewed thought road safety was important, and that it involved all road users, but that road safety questions were often not given priority. The approach to road safety became clear in the views of the municipal politicians regarding road measures, for example, speed reduction measures. About half of those interviewed considered that speed is best reduced by physical impediments being built in, while others emphasised working with trying to change the behaviour of people and their attitudes on the road. Most of those interviewed considered that the idea of zero vision was good, but that it can never be achieved. Others thought that it was the only possible goal. A few saw nothing positive about the zero vision, as it is only a vision. As regards the view of road safety and the zero vision, there were no great differences between large municipalities and small ones. The decision-making process appeared to be the same in the municipalities, but the small municipalities most often had a short decision-making timeframe. Several politicians, irrespective of size of municipality, felt some frustration about the meagre financial resources for road safety work, which could also cause delays to the decision-making process. Only one of the politicians from the small municipalities said that they had any cooperation or exchange of ideas with politicians from other municipalities. On the other hand, in most municipalities civil servants had considerable responsibility for collecting information and exchange of information with other municipalities, and politicians relied on their work to a considerable extent.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: VTI., VTI rapport 527 , 2005. , 57 p.
VTI rapport, ISSN 0347-6030
Safety, Decision process, Local authority, Policy, Attitude, Interview
Research subject Road: Traffic safety and accidents; Road: Transport, society, policy and planning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-6389OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-6389DiVA: diva2:675266