ERF newsletter

The European Union Road Federation has launched its Position Paper aiming at improving road safety in work zones. 

The results of the EU co-funded initiative within the framework of which experts have investigated the impact of road markings on driver behaviour were presented at the final conference of RAINVISION Project.


Recommendations of the International Conference “Ageing and Safe Mobility”

The conference was held at the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) in Bergisch Gladbach on 27th and 28th of November 2014. The event was organized by the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) in cooperation with five other continental research associations dealing with the road safety issues – ECTRI, EuroNCAP, ETRA, FEHRL and HUMANIST.


The European Commission has released the data on road fatalities in 2014

The road safety improved only slightly in the last year. Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport said: "It's sad and hard to accept that almost 70 Europeans die on our roads every day, with many more being seriously injured. We need to step up our work for the coming years, to reach the intended EU target of halving the number of road deaths by 2020.”


European Parliament news, cross-border enforcement of traffic rules

Road Safety: Cross-border enforcement of traffic rules will be possible in all EU Member States.

On Wednesday, 11 February 2015 the European Parliament voted on the Commission's updated rules to tackle traffic offences committed abroad. These rules allow Member States to exchange information in order to identify EU drivers who commit traffic offences abroad, including the four "big killers" that cause 75% of road fatalities: speeding, running traffic lights, failure to use seatbelts and drunk driving. These rules will apply to all Member States. There won't be any opt outs. Commissioner Bulc said: "Today's vote marks an important step towards a more effective enforcement of traffic rules across the EU, preventing European citizens from becoming victims of reckless drivers who do not respect traffic rules. Cross-border enforcement of traffic rules could save up to 400 lives a year, which is why a uniform enforcement across the EU is vital."


International Symposium on Road Safety Behaviour Measurements and Indicators

The event will feature presentations by international experts on behaviour monitoring, exchange of experiences in implementing behaviour measurements and discussions about methodologies used to build representative indicators.

The event will be held in Brussels on Thursday April 23rd, 2015.

For the symposium, the Belgian Road Safety Institute is launching a call for speakers.
The proposals should be submitted for the 20th of February 2015 at the latest on the following website:

Contact: François Riguelle
Belgian Road Safety Institute
Chaussée de Haecht, 1405, 1130 Brussels - Tel.: +32 2 244 15 81 


Young Researchers Seminar 2015

The next Young Researchers Seminar, YRS15, an event jointly supported by ECTRI, FEHRL and FERSI, is organised next year by “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy, Centro di ricerca per il Trasporto e la Logistica (CTL) on June 17-19, 2015.  
The objectives of the Seminar are:
- To enable the networking of young transport researchers belonging to the Supporting Organizations Members, ECTRI, FEHRL, FERSI and from TRB.
- To provide training to the young researchers, by tutorial means through a retroactive manner, to elaborate, prepare papers and present oral scientific communications.
Therefore, this conference is not only aimed at scientific excellence, but also at presentation skills and the ability to put science into practice.
The indicative research domains are:
- Transport economics, policy and transport behaviour
- Transport sustainability and environment
- Transport safety
- Intelligent transport systems - ITS & Traffic
- Transport civil and road engineering
For more information, see the link below.