ISO 39001 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 and other incidents.

It is applicable to any organization regardless of type, size and product or service provided.

The standard is a practical tool for governments, vehicle fleet operators and all organizations worldwide who want to reduce death and serious injury due to road accidents. ISO 39001 provides them with state-of-the-art requirements for safety aspects including speed, vehicle condition and driver awareness.

This standard is widely regarded as a major contribution to the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

ISO 39001 will assist governmental and private sector organizations alike by providing a structured, holistic approach to road-traffic safety as a complement to existing programmes and regulations. It is based on the process approach, proven by successful ISO standards such as ISO 9001 for quality management, including the plan-do-check-act cycle, and a requirement for continual improvement.

The standard lays down harmonized requirements, based on international expertise and applicable to all countries, to support all public or private sector organizations involved in regulating, designing or operating road transport. It will also help by providing a framework for contracts and communication between regulators, vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers.

ISO 39001 will be useful for organizations involved in road-safety related activities as varied as auditing the effectiveness of road safety programmes, such as for analyzing “black spots”, or providing funding or awarding prizes for road safety.

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.

Certification bodies will design their management systems as per ISO/IEC 17021. Existing competence requirements of personnel specified in ISO/IEC 17021 are complemented by specific competence requirements for personnel involved in the certification process for road traffic safety (RTS) management systems as specified in ISO/IEC TS 17021-7.