Vision Zero--a road safety policy innovation

Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2012;19(2):171-9. doi: 10.1080/17457300.2011.635213. Epub 2011 Dec 14.


The aim of this paper is to examine Sweden's Vision Zero road safety policy. In particular, the paper focuses on how safety issues were framed, which decisions were made, and what are the distinctive features of Vision Zero. The analysis reveals that the decision by the Swedish Parliament to adopt Vision Zero as Sweden's road safety policy was a radical innovation. The policy is different in kind from traditional traffic safety policy with regard to problem formulation, its view on responsibility, its requirements for the safety of road users, and the ultimate objective of road safety work. The paper briefly examines the implications of these findings for national and global road safety efforts that aspire to achieving innovative road safety policies in line with the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, declared by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2010.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control
  • Environment Design / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Federal Government
  • Humans
  • Policy Making
  • Politics
  • Public Policy*
  • Safety / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Sweden