A brief history of the RSA and our terms of reference.


For many years road safety in Ireland was a piecemeal affair involving a variety of agencies, but no single body with overall responsibility. The existence of road safety strategies is a relatively new phenomenon. It was not until the Government Strategy for Road Safety 1998-2002 that Ireland developed a national road safety plan with specific targets and action programmes.


The RSA was formed in September 2006 after the Road Safety Authority Act 2006 – Statutory Instrument (SI) Number 477 was passed. The functions it carries out were transferred from the Department of Transport, the National Roads Authority and the National Safety Council (since dissolved).

Terms of reference

The RSA improves safety on Ireland's roads to reduce death and injury resulting from road collisions. The RSA is a body under the aegis of the Department of Transport and under legislation is responsible for:

  • Promotion and road safety
  • Collision and road safety research
  • Driver testing and licensing service
  • Registration of driving instructors
  • Regulation of driving standards
  • Enforcement of road-haulage legislation
  • Driver vocational training
  • Compulsory basic training for motorcyclists

The RSA also has responsibility, in accordance with the 2006 Act, for producing and formally reporting on the implementation of the fourth Government Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020(PDF).