Vision Zero is an important fundamental principle in the global standard for the management system that governs traffic safety on the roads – ISO 39001.
The standard was first published in autumn 2012 as a result of international work on the part, among other participants, of WHO and the World Bank.
The work that led up to ISO 39001 was initiated and directed by the Swedish authorities Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration) and the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS).
Standard ISO 39001 concerns all organisations that want to improve road traffic safety, for example carriers, bus and taxi companies, vehicle manufacturers, road construction companies and schools. However, the standard does not cover rail, shipping or air traffic.
The purpose of the standard is that organisations should work more systematically with road safety, in order to save human life and reduce the human suffering as a consequence of road accidents. With an international standard, the preconditions are also established to ensure that the best available technology and practises attract greater distribution.
ISO 39001 can easily interact with other management systems such as quality control (ISO 9001) and environment control (ISO 14001), and is built up on the basis of a similar system.
Sverige/SIS also runs the International Secretariat TC 241 (Road traffic safety management system).