Call for Papers: Transport and Communications Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific, No.89 “Improving Road Safety”

The Transport and Communications Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific is a peer-reviewed journal published every year since 1950 by the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Road safety remains a top priority on the global and regional transport agenda. The Asia-Pacific region suffers the loss of some 733,000 lives from road traffic crashes every year. On top of this alarming figure, many more people sustain serious life-changing injuries. While road traffic deaths and injuries in low- and middle-income countries in Asia-Pacific region are estimated to cause across-the-board economic losses of up to 5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), crash victims, their families and society also bear significant social cost. More than half of total road traffic fatalities in the ESCAP region are vulnerable road users, namely motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.6 calls to halve road fatalities and injuries by 2020 and SDG target 11.2 calls for improving road safety. However, current average annual progress of 1.9 per cent reduction in road traffic fatalities in the region indicates that it is virtually impossible to achieve the SDG target 3.6 if the region continues at this pace. Stronger commitments and increasing actions by countries and road safety stakeholders will be required to fight against the epidemic of road crashes and progress towards achieving road safety-related SDG targets.

With this background, ESCAP is calling for original research articles highlighting the efforts to improving road safety in the region. Focus should be on cases and studies that demonstrate the potential of transport policies, initiatives and projects contributing towards reduction of road fatalities and serious injuries in the Asia and the Pacific region which contribute to the achievement of the SDG targets 3.6 and 11.2. Articles may cover one or more of the following topics:
• Improving road safety (Achieving SDG target 3.6 and 11.2);
• Vulnerable road users safety (including safety of powered-two wheelers);
• Engineering measures;
• Education and advocacy for improving road safety;
• Use of ICT to improve road safety;
• Collaboration and partnership to improve road safety;
• Post-crash response (transport perspective).

Papers can be regional, country or city specific case study, analytical study, policy frameworks or empirical policy analysis, directly or indirectly contributing towards the improvement of road safety and attainment of SDG targets 3.6 and 11.2. Evaluation will be based on analytical depth and/or novel perspectives. Only unpublished papers will be considered. All articles will be peer reviewed.

Interested authors are requested to send an abstract (no more than 200 words) to the Editor, Transport Division, ESCAP (escap-ttd@un.org) and (kunsabfueng@un.org) not later than the 15 February 2019. Following an internal review, authors will be asked to submit their full articles. Completed articles may not exceed 7,500 words, including tables, figures and bibliographical references, and has to follow the format specified in the “Guidelines for contributors” (to be provided later). The Bulletin will be published online in the last quarter of 2019.