Special Issue 'New Traffic Safety Concepts' in connection to Road Safety and Simulation conference 2022 in Athens, Greece.
TSR journal has the objective to 'contribute to the global shift to the Safe System/Vision Zero paradigm within the road transportation domain' (see Focus & Scope). Safe System (also known as Vision Zero) has been ground-breaking in its strong ethical standpoint about zero tolerance to the fatalities and serious injuries in traffic. The practical meaning of that is that there is no 'optimal balance' between transport efficiency and safety, thus the road safety work must continue until no one is killed/seriously injured on the road.
Safe System is nowadays acknowledged as the state-of-the-art within road traffic safety. However, on the practical implementation level (and, unfortunately, quite often within the research community) there are many erroneous interpretations and internal conflicts between the traditional way of doing things and the operational methods prescribed by the Safe System.
The question of how relevant a considered manuscript is within the Safe System discourse will re-appear during submission, reviewing and, finally, in the decision by the Editor about acceptance or rejection. Therefore, regardless of your role (author, reviewer, editor), make sure that you are comfortable in your knowledge of the Safe System principles.
The recommended reading to get familiar with the topic includes:
Trafikverket (n.d.) Vision Zero Academy. The Swedish Transport Administration: https://bransch.trafikverket.se/en/startpage/operations/Operations-road/vision-zero-academy (Acc. 18 April 2022)
ITF (2016) Zero Road Deaths and Serious Injuries: Leading a Paradigm Shift to a Safe System. OECD Publishing, Paris: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789282108055-en
Johansson, R. (2009) Vision Zero - implementing a policy for traffic safety. Safety Science 47, 826–831: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2008.10.023
ITF/OECD (2008) Towards Zero. Ambitious road safety targets and the Safe System approach. International Transport Forum: http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/Pub/pdf/08TowardsZeroE.pdf