Motorcyclists ride safer after training
Motorcyclists who have followed a training to recognize and prevent dangerous traffic situations, unconsciously ride safer. This is the finding of a study in which SWOV evaluated the advanced rider training for motorcyclists ‘ART Risk’ that is offered by the Royal Dutch Motorcyclists Association.
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Sustainable Safety: also for serious road injuries
The Sustainable Safety principles must also be applied for crashes in which no motor vehicle is involved. This is necessary to achieve a decline in the number of serious road injuries. This was one of the conclusions in the recent SWOV study Sustainable Safety, also for serious road injuries.
The number of serious road injuries in crashes without motor vehicles is increasing; this is mainly the case in bicycle crashes. In the report on the study, SWOV therefore gives the initial impetus to further elaborate the Sustainable Safety principles for bicycle crashes and to translate them into functional demands and design requirements; this ought to be helpful in reducing the number of serious road injuries.
SWOV intends to commence the research and the further elaboration of the Sustainable Safety vision in 2014. During this process, cooperation will be sought with other parties like the Information and Technology Platform for Infrastructure, Traffic, Transport and Public space CROW, the centre of expertise on bicycle policy ‘Fietsberaad’, policy makers, road authorities, and the Dutch Cyclists’ Union.
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Peter van der Knaap new Managing Director SWOV
Peter van der Knaap (47) has been appointed as Managing Director of SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research. He will succeed SWOV’s present Managing Director prof. Fred Wegman who will retire on 1 June.
Presently, Van der Knaap is Research and Audit Director at the Netherlands Courts of Audit. He got his Master in Business Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 1997, Van der Knaap obtained his PhD in Social Sciences at the same University.
From 1996 to 2004, Peter van der Knaap filled several positions at the Ministry of Finance, the last position being that of Divisional Head at the Directorate-General of the Budget.
From 2004 until the present, Van der Knaap has been responsible for Effectiveness Research in relation with the European Union, and served as portfolio holder for research at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and (until 2011) the Ministry of General Affairs.
New SWOV report:
Safety of freight and delivery traffic: state of the art
Most important safety developments in transport sector, urban distribution and Freight Transport Quality Network. R-2012-17.
This report presents an overview of the most important road safety problems and themes in the area of freight and delivery traffic. The safety of freight and delivery traffic is illustrated using crash data and the most recent literature. Furthermore, the developments in relation with urban distribution and Freight Transport Quality Network are discussed more specifically.
SWOV participates in governmental visit to Turkey
Early November, SWOV participated in the Dutch Prime Minister Rutte’s economic mission to Turkey. The visit took place to commemorate 400 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands. Representatives of different organizations, companies and branches, among which road safety, took part in the mission.
SWOV: Reduce serious road injuries worldwide
Reducing the number of serious road injuries is the new challenge for road safety experts all over the world. Each year, about 50 million people are seriously injured in road traffic crashes worldwide, the far majority in low or middle income countries. These numbers are expected to increase in the coming years. In the Netherlands, the number of serious road injuries has increased: from 15,400 in 2006 to 19,100 in 2010. This is remarkable, because the number of fatalities decreased during the same period.
SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research addressed this problem in Amsterdam at its 50th anniversary international congress Greater Emphasis on Road Traffic Injuries on 17 October.