18 October 2001
A new report published today by ETSC calls on the EU to introduce a set of relevant safety performance indicators for the continuous monitoring and analysis of safety performance in all transport modes.
Fred Wegman, Director of the Dutch Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV) and chairman of the ETSC working group on transport safety performance indicators said:
"Transport accidents and injuries present a cost to the European Union estimated at 160 billion Euro - around 2% of Gross Domestic Product - around twice its entire annual budget for all activity. Policymakers and managers aiming for a higher level of safety need to take an interest in as many of the factors influencing safety as possible and, at least, in those factors they are able to affect or control. Safety performance indicators provide a means by which policymakers can ensure that their actions are as effective as possible and represent the best use of public resource".
"The European Commission should encourage Member States to agree upon and regularly collect a scientifically established set of safety indicators for all transport modes. The introduction of transport safety performance indicators at European and national level represents a means of assessing the trends in safety levels and the success of casualty reduction programmes. Once introduced and established for all the transport modes, the application of safety performance indicators will further stimulate safety work and thus reduce crash rates across Europe".
A summary of recommendations from the ETSC report Transport Safety Performance Indicators is given overleaf. The Executive Summary and the report are available on ETSC's website www.etsc.be.rep.htm
SUMMARY OF ETSC RECOMMENDATIONS ON TRANSPORT SAFETY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS.
Transport safety performance indicators are defined as any measurement that is casually related to crashes or injuries, used in addition to a count of crashes or injuries, in order to indicate safety performance or understand the road accident trends.
Such indicators can give a more complete picture of the level of transport safety and can point to the emergence of new problems at an early stage, before these problems show up in the form of accidents. A regular monitoring of safety performance indicators improves the understanding of road accident trends. Since these monitoring results can become available far more quickly than registered accidents, they are particularly useful for policymakers. Experience in some EU Member States show that the authorities using performance indicators are more engaged with their policies if performance indicators data are reported to them regularly.
In view of the above, ETSC recommends to the EU:
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