Astral - Azienda Strade Lazio, based in Rome, is a company with 120 branches active on a regional level.
It works on the planning, implementation, management and maintenance of works and facilities that are inherent or complementary to the road infrastructure of Lazio Region.
Based on studies and research carried out in the field of road safety, Astral has identified a number of vital maintenance and structural points in the road network.
Nevertheless, in order to improve the infrastructure, Astral has decided to develop a further module for extraordinary maintenance interventions on regional roads in the five provinces of Lazio, in addition to the 91 extraordinary maintenance interventions currently under way, which will make up the 100% SAFETY PROJECT.
In order to reduce the technical delays involved in carrying out the tasks of verification of unauthorised infrastructure, Astral has decided to hold training courses aimed at increased numbers of employees compared to the current figure (20 people/24) on regulations concerning the protection and control of the road network and on tasks related to prevention and the reduction of offences through sanctions. Approximately 20 units will be involved (part company-based, part regional-based).
The main focus of this is to improve the standard of service given in terms of time efficiency. This programme, in collaboration with the Lazio Region, ANAS, MITT and the Interior Ministry, will be developed from 10/1/2006 to 31/12/2009, at the end of which it will be assessed, and possibly continued in future years. The cost of the course will be covered by the company.
Finally, Astral will develop an educational programme related to the Highway Code, in particular concerning road safety, for all staff members who have not yet taken similar courses, in order to provide better preparation in terms of road safety. Developed in collaboration with all of the company employees, ministerial instructors and the ANAS Road Safety Inspectorate, it will commence on 10/1/2006 and end on 31/12/2009; it will also be subsequently assessed, and possibly continued in future years.