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Questioning the responsibility of indirect authors: a lever for public decision-makers to take into account transport safety?

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Geo-spatial type
Infrastructure Node
STRIA Roadmaps
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Infrastructure (INF)
Transport mode
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Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues,
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport


Background & Policy context

This project dealt with the themes of road safety policies, road infrastructure safety and a legal framework for road risk.

In the event of a traffic accident, the application and impact of the legal responsibilities (penal and administrative) for indirect actors in the decision-making process is important in terms of transport safety, particularly concerning road infrastructure design and management.


The aim of the project was to place road risk within the phenomenon of the legal framework and to take road infrastructure into consideration in the development of road safety policies.

A further objective was to analyse the application of indirect authors' legal responsibilities and the impact of the fear of these legal risks on the decision-making process in the field of road safety, related to road infrastructure.


In order to understand the mechanisms, the rules of substance and of form, as well as their applications, two types of tools were used:

  • a documentary corpus already under development;
  • field surveys which were carried out by interviews with policy makers and actors in the field of road safety and by the making use of legal files (litigation, etc.) investigating public agents.

The project was based on legal expertise (penal law and administrative law), and on political science.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
METLTM: Ministère de l'Equipement, des Transports, du Logement, du Tourisme et de la Mer (Ministry of Public Works, Transport, Housing, Tourism and the Sea):(1) DSCR (Road Traffic and Safety Directorate)(2) DRAST (Research Directorate)
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


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