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22- 26 August 2016 – Road Safety Summer School, Mechelen

22- 26 August 2016 – Road Safety Summer School, Mechelen

The European Road Safety Summer School 2016 is an initiative of the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV), the Transportation Research Institute(IMOB) of Hasselt University, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Polis network of European cities and regions cooperating for innovative transport solutions. It will take place from 22 to 26 August 2016 in Mechelen (Brussels North area – 15 minutes by train from Brussels Airport and central Brussels). Find out more at the event website.

New figures show numbers speeding on motorways

New figures show numbers speeding on motorways

Data from the UK and Belgium have revealed large numbers of drivers speeding on motorways. The UK figures, released to the BBC following a freedom of information request, found that more than 2000 drivers had been fined for speeding at more than 100 mph (160 km/h) in the last year. In Belgium ETSC’s member the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI) has published results of its annual speed survey showing that 1 in 7 drivers on Belgian motorways exceeds 140 km/h, the speed limit being […]

Penalty points for Belgian drivers…in France

Penalty points for Belgian drivers…in France

Belgian drivers committing traffic offences in France face losing points on a virtual driving license if French plans to extend its penalty points system to foreign drivers get the go-ahead. Belgium remains a holdout on penalty points, with surrounding France, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg all using variations on the system as part of enforcement mechanisms. But Belgian drivers could now face being banned from driving in France if they lose all their virtual points there. The Belgian Road Safety Institute welcomed […]

Belgium announces lower drink drive limit for young drivers, alcohol interlocks on buses

Belgium announces lower drink drive limit for young drivers, alcohol interlocks on buses

The Belgian government is to follow France with the introduction of a 0.2 g/l blood alcohol limit for young and novice drivers as well requiring alcohol interlocks for vehicles used in public transport. France’s lower BAC limit came into force in July and the country’s alcohol interlock requirements were extended to all coaches from September. Previously they were only required on coaches carrying school children.  Urban buses are excluded from the measure. The new Belgian measures are part of a 15-point road safety plan […]

30 km/h zones: the latest from around Europe

30 km/h zones: the latest from around Europe

30 km/h zones are continuing to spread across Europe with developments in recent months in Belgium, Spain and the UK  – but implementation is sometimes hampered by bureaucracy. The Spanish city of Valencia introduced a 30 km/h zone across the entire historic centre district in September. The decision is designed to improve safety, reduce pollution, encourage shoppers to visit the area on foot and discourage transit traffic from crossing the city through the centre. The eventual aim is to limit all traffic to authorised […]

Time-over-distance cameras improve safety in Belgium and Scotland

Time-over-distance cameras improve safety in Belgium and Scotland

Two separate studies of the impact of time-over-distance cameras (also known as ‘section control’) in Belgium and Scotland have shown considerable safety benefits. According to the Scottish data from a system installed on the busy A9 highway, excessive speeding – where drivers were tracked travelling at more than 10mph above the speed limit – has fallen by 97%. In Belgium an impact assessment by TM Leuven of a system installed on the E40 motorway found that collisions were reduced by some 15%. The researchers […]

‘Dummy’ police can cut speeding

‘Dummy’ police can cut speeding

A pilot project in the Belgian town of Zaventem has found that life-sized, two-dimensional dummies of police officers or police vehicles had a significant positive effect on cutting speeding, and also reduced average speeds. The experiment, run by local police, but assessed by ETSC’s member the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BIVV-IBSR), found that the number of speeding violations were cut in half during the time that a dummy had been placed at a high-risk site but went up again when the dummy was removed. […]

Antwerp’s ‘selfie’ speeding signs

Antwerp’s ‘selfie’ speeding signs

In a creative bid to cut urban speeding, the Belgian city of Antwerp has developed digital signs featuring happy and sad ‘selfies’ of city residents.  Members of the public can upload two portrait photos to a special website, which are then used on warning signs. Drivers get a smiley face to say thank you for not speeding, or an angry face if they have exceeded the limit. See: BBC

Belgian government says ISA plan will be published this month

Belgian government says ISA plan will be published this month

The Belgian minister of mobility Jacqueline Galant says the government will announce a plan for development of Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) in Belgium later this month, though details are scarce. The plan was part of the coalition government agreement signed last year, as ETSC has previously reported. A poll by Touring, a Belgian motoring organisation, found 75% of those surveyed would support a system that warns drivers when they exceed the speed limit. The Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI), an ETSC member, says 51 […]

New drink driving campaigns launch

New drink driving campaigns launch

Road safety campaigners across Europe have launched their winter drink driving campaigns, as the UK marks 50 years since its first public awareness campaign on the issue. Sikker Trafik, ETSC’s Danish member, has launched its winter drink driving campaign with a warning to drivers not to get behind the wheel if they are unsure of how much they have drunk. The call follows a new survey carried out for the organisation that showed 15% of drivers admitted driving while unsure of whether they had […]

Belgian region to triple section controls as poll shows public support

Belgian region to triple section controls as poll shows public support

70% of Belgian road users are in favour of an increase in the number of average speed checks on motorways according to a poll by the motoring organisation VAB.  The results were timely as Belgium’s northern region Flanders is set to triple the number of such controls from next year. Six out of ten of those surveyed also said that speed limits must be more strictly enforced in urban areas. See story (in French)

Belgian government backing for ISA

Belgian government backing for ISA

The newly-formed Belgian federal government has said it will support the development of road safety technologies including Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and put in place the necessary legal framework for their introduction as part of its legislative programme. The 230-page coalition agreement also says the government will take measures to support the EU target to cut road deaths by 50% by 2020, compared to 2010 and to reduce serious injuries. The accord also promises an increase in drink driving checks. See Belgian Government Accord […]

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