EuroRAP Chairman Ferry Smith opened proceedings at the EuroRAP General Assembly in Rotterdam (12-14 June), drawing attention to keynote speeches from European Commission and the European Car Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). He spoke about road safety in the Netherlands and the inspiring developments throughout Europe. Click here for presentation
Fotini Ioannidou, Head of the Road Safety Unit at the European Commission reported on the priorities and approaches for the Commission and its commitment to:
- The “Safe System” approach
- Confirmation of “Vision Zero” (2050)
- New interim targets (50% reduction in fatalities and serious injuries)
- Monitoring based on key performance indicators
- Reinforced coordination between levels and sectors
- Funding support
- The Global dimension
- A Strategic action plan on road safety
As part of the third Mobility Package, she talked about the proposed revision of Infrastructure Safety Management Directive, the proposed revision of General Safety Regulation for Vehicles (GROW) and about “On the road to automated mobility”.
She spoke about the Road Infrastructure Safety Management directive and consulting on plans to:
- Extend the scope to cover motorways and primary roads outside the TEN-T network as well as all roads outside urban areas that are built using EU funds in whole or in part
- Introduce network-wide road assessments, a systematic and proactive risk mapping procedure to assess the “in-built”, or inherent, safety of roads across the EU
- Mandate transparency and follow-up of infrastructure safety management procedures
- Make it mandatory to take vulnerable road users systematically into account in all road safety management procedures
- Set general requirements for road markings and road signs in order to facilitate the roll-out of cooperative, connected and automated mobility systems
Mrs Ioannidou encouraged delegates to propose that their countries respond to the CEF call of 17 May and prepare proposals for projects on safer infrastructure. Click here for presentation
Dr Ulrich Veh, Director of Safety, presented on ACEA’s recommendations for the General Safety Regulation Revision. He spoke about the assessment process ACEA had used to support the industry’s setting of safety priorities and the innovation involved on its route to invest in safer, cleaner and smarter mobility solutions
His key recommendations were for:
- A focus on active safety measures
- Detailed cost/benefit analysis and impact assessment is needed for all considered measures
- All measures to be harmonised with the provisions of UN-ECE; specific EU regulations have to be avoided
- Transition times must be aligned with product development time, allowing at least three years for new types from the date the regulation has entered into force and the final requirements are available.
Dr Veh called for support for:
- The ACEA-priorities for measures which are based on the accident analysis
- Direct vision: reduce truck-accidents via active safety and, if a new cabin is developed, then a best-in-class approach is used for vision
- Implementation first of Speed Limit Information and, after updating signs/maps, Intelligent Speed Adaptation
- Focus on active safety for pedestrian protection and enough time for the introduction of the THOR-dummy
- For measures to be implemented in a partnership approach with road operators
- Implementation of measures at the earliest 36 months after the official adoption of the specific regulation for new types (according to CARS 21-commitment).
Important governance changes to EuroRAP Membership, designed to make it more applicable to the evolving needs of its programme and Members, were agreed during the formal business of the General Assembly. Finally, Marianne Dwarshuis reported on a survey of EuroRAP Members’ wishes and needs and she with Chairman Ferry Smith led a session assessing what Rotterdam participants wanted from EuroRAP now and in the future. Click here for presentation
Among other contributions to the meetings (full program presentations are available below)
- Albert Stuulen received EuroRAP’s prize for the top-performer in 2017-18 for the work that the Province of Friesland has done on implementing measures based upon the EuroRAP survey of its roads. He spoke about the disproportionate number of injury crashes on the provincial roads – they account for 6% of the roads but 25% of the crashes. Improvements to shoulders, road markings, road widths and intersections form key parts of the crash countermeasures.
- Steve Lawson (EuroRAP) presented on recent work in the “Roads that Cars Can Read” series and on tackling the transition to autonomous vehicles.
- The background and plans for CycleRAP – and enhancement of the iRAP model for cyclists – were presented by ANWB’s Roxy Tacq.
- Erik Donkers from VIA presented on new data systems for crash analysis.
- Johan Diepens of Mobycon spoke about qualitative elements of planning and safety in the urban environment.
- Peter van der Knaap (SWOV) reported on sustainable safety and the lessons learned from the Netherlands.
- Mario Martins from ACP announced the plans for a survey of 5000km in Portugal.
- Olivera Djordjevic (EIRA), Marko Sevrovic (University of Zagreb) and Steve Lawson were interviewed on plans for the RADAR project on the Danube region.
- James Bradford (EuroRAP) reported on the global initiative “Star Rating for Schools” and how this leads to safety improvements around schools.
- Leonardo Annese (ANAS) presented on automated driving and its part in Vision Zero.
- ANAS (Ilaria Maria Coppa) and ACI (Antida Aversa) presented and referred to their plans for a pilot and follow-up survey in Italy.
- Pedro Tomáz Martínez from DGT in Spain reported on that country’s Safe System vision and updated on the work with EuroRAP.
- Marko Sevrovic presented a case study on the D34 in Croatia showing how assessment led to safety improvements.
- John Fletcher from TRL spoke about work on the English Strategic Road Network for Highways England and research to enhance the iRAP model as part of that.
- Road Safety Foundation’s Suzy Charman described work with local authorities in the UK and how action is being taking to upgrade their roads.
Full programme presentations
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- A1. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – Welcome – F Smith
- A2. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – 3rd Mobility Package – F Ioannidou
- B1. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – The manufactures prespective – U Veh
- B2. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – Roads that Cars Can Read – S Lawson
- C1. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – Frisland case – A Stuulen
- C2. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – CycleRAP – R Tacq
- C3. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – RAP & BLIQ – E Donkers
- C4. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – Making space for bikes – J Diepens
- C5. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – Portugal – M Martins da Silva
- D1. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – Star Rating for Schools – J Bradford
- D2. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – English SRN – J fletcher
- D3. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – UK Local authorities – S Charman
- D4. 2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – Star Rating in Spain – A Blanco
- D5_2018-06-13 EuroRAP GA – Croatia case study – M Sevrovic
- E1. 2018-06-14 EuroRAP GA – Weclome day 2 – F Smith
- E2. 2018-06-14 EuroRAP GA – Sustainable Road Safety – P VanderKnaap
- E3. 2018-06-14 EuroRAP GA – ANAS – I Coppa
- E4. 2018-06-14 EuroRAP GA – Automated Driving – L Annese
- F1. 2018-06-14 EuroRAP GA – Plenary – F Smith
- F2. 2018-06-14 EuroRAP GA – Membership survey – M Dwarshuis