Knowledge development for proactive road safety assessment instruments

For policymakers in the Netherlands it is not easy to determine which locations are still not safe for which road users. In order to find support and to be stimulate more proactive policy, governments are exploring the possibilities of 'risk-based policy making' with methods such as EuroRAP, ProMeV (a proactive RS assessment instrument developed for provinces in the Netherlands), CycleRAP (EuroRAP for cyclists), VIND (a proactive RS assessment instrument developed for and by the national road authority of the Netherlands) etc. Often these instruments still have knowledge gaps or may be based on knowledge from other countries or on outdated knowledge. Gaining more topical insights within the Dutch context, may provide policy makers with more relevant knowledge than is currently the case. This can be helpful in the prevention of hazardous situations.

Research questions

  1. To what extent do certain risk factors contribute towards fatal crashes on frequent crash locations in the Netherlands (e.g. provincial roads, 50km/hour roads or of 80km/hour roads)?
  2. What is the suitability of available data sources and methods to assess the quantified risks of hazardous circumstances and behaviour?


This study is the continuation of research in 2016 and aims to provide evidence based support of factors that contribute to the occurrence of crashes and their consequences. The research aims to acquire quantified knowledge about risk factors that can be used in proactive tools such as ProMeV and by policy makers and researchers.

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Start date: 01 Jan 2017
End date: 31 Dec 2017