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.
The 10th Young Researchers Seminar will be held on 9-11 June 2021 in Portorož , Slovenia. It will be hosted by the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport of the University of Ljubljana, and supported by ECTRI, FEHRL and FERSI. For more information see this flyer.
We are very pleased to announce that the Department of Technology, Management and Economics of the Danish Technical University DTU joined FERSI again. With DTU we have another strong and high quality research organisation on board. DTU brings the number of FERSI members to 21 from an equal amount of European countries.
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.
The TRA2020 conference will take place in Helsinki from 27 to 30 April 2020. Registration has opened now at traconference.eu. 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.
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 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.