ITF 2020 Pre-Summit Research Day: call for abstract

ECTRI, in partnership with the International Transport Forum (ITF), the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), is co-organising the ITF 2020 Pre-Summit Research Day on May 26, 2020 in Leipzig, on the topic of “Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development”. Abstracts can be submitted until 6 March 2020; the deadline for submission for the ITF Young Research Award is 21 February 2020. For more information, please see here.

FERSI recommendations for an evidence-based national road safety programme

FERSI is pleased to announce the publication of its new position paper. The paper intends to offer guidance to Member States on developing a national road safety programme. Its main message is that a road safety programme must be based on scientifically sound evidence in order to ensure that it focuses on the most relevant issues (i.e. made the correct ‘diagnosis’) and implements the most appropriate treatments (i.e. selected the best ‘therapy’). The paper results in five concrete recommendations for both the diagnosis and therapy stages. 

Download ‘Towards and evidence-based national road safety programme’.

FERSI published guidelines for assessing mobile phone use in road traffic

FERSI published a technical paper that sets out a scientifically valid method for assessing the prevalence of mobile phone use of car drivers, cyclists and pedestrians through on-road observations and self-reports. Mobile phone use is an important key performance indicator (KPI) for road safety. Mobile phones are a major source of distraction and contribute to the occurrence of accidents. Unfortunately, most countries do not yet have a reliable picture of the size of the problem and the developments over time. FERSI considers the current guidelines as an excellent basis for collecting scientifically reliable information about this highly relevant road safety issue. 

Download ‘Guidelines for assessing the prevalence of mobile phone use in traffic‘.

TRA2020: Registration is open

The TRA2020 conference will take place in Helsinki from 27 to 30 April 2020. Registration has opened now at TRA, the Transport Research Arena, is a large biannual European research and technology conference on transport and mobility. TRA2 brings together experts from around the world to discuss the newest innovations and future of mobility and transport. The theme of TRA2020 is Rethinking transport – towards clean and inclusive mobility. 

Results and future perspectives for road safety in Africa

On 18 September the European project SaferAfrica concluded its work with the conference “Results and future perspectives for road safety in Africa” in Tunis, Tunisia. 

The project started 3 years ago. It successfully contributed to creating favourable conditions and opportunities for improving road safety and traffic management in African countries, among others by setting up a Dialogue Platform between Africa and Europe. The SaferAfrica website provides an overview of the project activities and access to all publications and deliverables.”  

FERSI supports EC’s policy on KPIs

FERSI fully supports the European Commission’s policy on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). It its recently released statement (PDF) FERSI concludes that the use of KPIs can be of great help for both monitoring road safety developments, and identifying the most promising interventions. It is emphasized though that a KPI policy will only be successful if the agreed KPIs have a proven relationship with road safety and if Members States are prepared to collect the required data on a regular basis, and in a similar format.