The International Transport Forum published the IRTAD 2020 Road Safety Annual Report. It provides an overview of the road safety performance in 42 countries. An Ask-the-Author webinar is scheduled for 4 November 2020 at 14:00 CET. Register here.
ESRA2 is offering six free one-hour webinars in advance of the 2021 international conference (tentatively scheduled for March 2021). These webinars are hosted by the ESRA partners across the world who are organizing and analyzing the E-Survey of Road Users’ Attitudes.
New results from the ESRA2 data, collected at the end of 2019, will be highlighted throughout six one-hour webinars scheduled between September 2020 and February 2021. Two topic areas per webinar will be presented and focus on measuring traffic safety culture using global road safety performance indicators.
More information can be found on esranet.eu.
Based on the input from FERSI members, FERSI compiled a report on the legal status, usage and safety of e-scooters in 18 European countries. It shows that the legal status differs between countries, and that in general the information about their usage and safety is scarce. It is an issue, though, that increasingly receives attention from both governmental bodies and research institutes.
In July, ETSC published a PIN briefing on the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on road deaths in April 2020, when most countries were in lockdown. Data were available from 25 countries and 19 saw a decrease in the number of road deaths related to the big drops in traffic volumes. The briefing includes recommendations at European, national and local level.
One of our FERSI members, the Department of Technology, Management and Economic at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), invites applications for positions as Assistant or Associate Professor in Transport Economics, Transport Psychology or Transport Modelling. Deadline for applications: 31 July 2020.
The TRA2020 conference, scheduled for April 2020, had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Abstracts of all scientific papers accepted to TRA2020 will be made available in a Book of Abstracts, to be published in May. The FERSI contribution on vehicle automation and road safety is already available on our website now.
The United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) recently published the document Towards the 12 Voluntary Global Targets for Road Safety – Guidance for countries on activities and measures to achieve the voluntary global road safety performance targets. This guidelines document aims to help countries all over the world to develop appropriate performance indicators for road safety. FERSI member Vias institute was the main contributor to this document.
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.
The first Drive2theFuture Workshop will be held in Brussels on 6 March. Drive2theFuture is a Horizon 2020 project, endorsed by FERSI, and coordinated by CERTH/HIT. The project deals with user acceptance and training issues of automated vehicles for all transportation modes. More information is available at drive2thefuture.eu.
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.