Road Safety Programme 2016–2025

The new Road Safety Programme is a continuation for the first Estonian National Traffic Safety Programme 2003–2015. It has been compiled as the base programme (with a duration of 10 years) for the National Transport Development Plan 2014-2020.

Name and duration of the programme

Road Safety Programme 2016–2025

Performance area


General objective of the performance area

The transport system in Estonia enables movement of people and goods in an accessible, convenient, fast, safe and sustainable manner.

The objective of the programme

Decreasing the number of road fatalities and serious injuries.

Ministry responsible

(ministries sharing responsibility)

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. Ministries sharing responsibility: The Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Brief summary of contents

The death or injury of any people in road traffic is not acceptable. When making decisions concerning the road safety system, the goal on all decision levels is to ensure maximum road safety. The basis for this shall be a philosophical approach to road safety – Vision Zero. Vision Zero is not an objective of the Road Safety Programme, instead it is primarily a strategic framework in the road safety way of thinking and conclusions and activities resulting from it. In order to achieve the objectives of road safety, focus is placed on three main fields that affect road safety. The field “Responsible road user who is aware of dangers” focuses on shaping precautionary traffic behaviour and attitudes that value the safety of all road users. The field “Safe environment” encompasses safer and more efficient traffic that is socially acceptable, environmentally friendly and takes into account the characteristics of traffic during different seasons. The field “Safe vehicle” focuses on the use of safer vehicles in traffic.

Governance arrangements

The activities of the Road Safety Programme shall be covered by a implementation plan, the duration of which is four years. The implementation plan is in compliance with the state budget strategy and has a rolling cycle, i.e. another planned year shall be added to the implementation plan with each passing year. The implementation plan shall be coordinated with ministries that will contribute to the Road Safety Programme financially or with supporting activities and the implementation plan, along with the implementation plan of the transport development plan, will be confirmed by the Government of the Republic.

A traffic committee has been created at the Government of the Republic; the tasks of this committee include setting strategic goals and priorities of road safety and coordinating activities arising from the Road Safety Programme. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications organises the implementation of the Road Safety Programme. The tasks of the Road Administration in implementing and directing the Road Safety Programme include general monitoring, harmonizing dissenting opinions and activities of different parties, organising reporting and updating of the Road Safety Programme. Other ministries and their divisions that take part in the implementation of the Road Safety Programme implement the Road Safety Programme on the basis of the compiled plan. A regional traffic committee coordinates the implementation of local and regional activities in counties.

Once a year, ministries and their divisions that take part in the implementation of the Road Safety Programme compile a performance report about the implementation of measures and activities in their area of responsibility and submit it to the Road Administration by 1 February of the following year, at the latest. The Road Administration will compile a report of the execution of the implementation plan based on the performance reports. This report shall be introduced at the traffic committee of the Government of the Republic prior to approval.

Last updated: 21.02.2021