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ATVEA Launch Brussels, 27 May 2004. Road Safety & Driver Licensing Herald Ruyters DG TREN, E3. Saving 20,000 lives on our roads. The European Road Safety Action Programme A shared responsibility. Road Safety in EU. Social need for mobility vs safety

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atvea launch brussels 27 may 2004

ATVEA LaunchBrussels, 27 May 2004

Road Safety & Driver Licensing

Herald Ruyters

DG TREN, E3

saving 20 000 lives on our roads

Saving 20,000 lives on our roads

The European Road SafetyAction ProgrammeA shared responsibility

road safety in eu
Road Safety in EU
  • Social need for mobility vs safety
    • Traffic tripled 1970-2000 and will continue to rise
  • Some 40 000 persons killed(2001)&1.7 million injured / year (EUR-15) – 50 000 fatalities in EUR-25
  • 160 billion € / year cost to society (EUR-15)
  • A shared responsibility (road user /private sector / Region / Member State / EU)
  • Added value if action taken at EU level
the eu 50 reduction target
The EU 50% reduction target
  • A political commitment
  • No burden sharing amongst Member States
  • Each Member State should strive to perform at least as well as the best-performing ones
  • No contradiction between “Vision Zero” and “Objective –50%”
  • Monitoring
    • Road safety performance indicators
  • Reporting
the eu instruments
The EU instruments
  • Legislation (only when necessary)
  • Best practice guidelines
    • Technical guidelines accepted by experts drafted by professionals for the use of professionals
  • Research and development
    • Studies
    • Framework programme research
  • Financial support
  • Road accident data and information
domains of action
Domains of action
  • User behaviour
    • Enforcement
    • Campaigns
    • Driving licences
  • Vehicle safety
    • Technical inspection
    • Passive and active safety
  • Infrastructure safety
  • Professional transport
  • Accidentology
road safety enforcement
Road safety enforcement
  • Recommendation for generic enforcement in the field of road safety
    • Speeding, drunk driving, seatbelt wearing
  • Proposal for directive for controls of working and resting times of professional drivers
  • Best practice guideline for police checks
  • Awareness campaigns
    • EuroBOB, vulnerable road users
    • Upcoming seatbelt wearing campaign
driving licences
Driving licences
  • Proposal for a 3rd Driving licencedirective
    • Anti-fraud measures:
      • Only plastic card
      • Optional microchip
      • Limited administrative validity
    • Further harmonisation of categories
      • Mopeds: Am
      • Motorcycles: A1, A2, A
      • Categories B and BE
      • Categories C1, C1E, D1, D1E
    • Progressive access
    • Harmonised periodicity medical checks for group 2
    • Requirements for driving examiners: new Annex IV
driving licences11
Driving licences
  • Directive 2000/56/EC
    • New Annex II:
      • New requirements for theory test
      • New requirements for testing vehicles
      • New requirements for practical tests
    • New list of Community codes for car adaptations
  • Decision on equivalences
    • Mutual recognition of all licences issued by Member States: 2000/275/EC
    • New Decision necessary for new Member States
    • New driving licence model book
community research 1
Community Research (1)
  • Framework Programme – Policy related research
  • E.g. 5 tasks in Framework Programme 6:
    • Accidentology (April 2003)
    • Road Infrastructure audits and user interaction with infrastructure (April 2003)
    • Impairment due to legal & illegal drugs & medicines (June 2004)
    • Enforcement (June 2004)
    • Awareness and acceptability of road safety measures (June 2004)
  • Total budget 35 M euro
community research 2
Community Research (2)
  • “Operational research” to complete FP results
    • Policy related studies and support (e.g. policy evaluation, driver training options, best practice guidelines, support for TISPOL)
    • Assessments (EuroRAP, EuroNCAP, Tunnel tests)
    • Road safety campaigns (EuroBOB, Red Cross, seatbelt and child restraint wearing)
    • Operational expenditure (computer experts for the CARE database, publications e.g. driving license book, translations)
  • Total budget >10 M euro / year
the eu road safety observatory
The EU Road Safety Observatory
  • Mission:

Collect, analyse and disseminate road safety data and knowledge

  • A “light” form of a road safety agency
  • Internal Commission structure
observatory components
Observatory Components
  • Accident circumstances
    • The present CARE road accident database
  • Accident causes
    • Framework for independent accident investigation
  • Accident consequences
    • The present PENDANT research project
  • Risk exposure data
  • Road safety performance indicators
  • Knowledge
    • Results of research and studies
the road safety charter
The Road Safety Charter
  • The extension of the “shared responsibility” concept to civil society
  • Signatories commit themselves to concrete and measurable actions
  • Commission creates awareness and makes commitments public
    • Logo
    • Awards
    • Presentations
    • Reports and newsletters
in conclusion the plan
In conclusion, the Plan
  • Covers (nearly) all domains of action
    • As there is no miracle solution, efforts have to be made on all fronts
  • Shared responsibility involves all layers
    • Road user, industry, local and regional administrations, Member States, EU
  • Proposes short, medium and long term measures
    • From enforcement
    • To infrastructure measures
websites
Websites
  • Commission transport websitehttp://europa.eu.int/comm/transport/index_en.html
  • Road transport sectionhttp://europa.eu.int/comm/transport/road/index_en.htm
  • CARE databasehttp://europa.eu.int/comm/transport/home/care/index_en.htm
  • Driving licenceshttp://europa.eu.int/comm/transport/home/drivinglicence/index_en.htm