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To:

Mr Tostmann & Mr Francesconi

Road Safety Unit

DG TREN

European Commission

Sent to: TREN-E3-CONSULTATION@cec.eu.int; sandro.francesconi@ec.europa.eu; stefan.tostmann@cec.eu.int

Date: 22 May 2006

Subject: EARPA’s feedback to the ong>ECong> ong>Consultationong> on Road Infrastructure Safety Management

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Dear Madam/Sir,

As you may be aware of, EARPA is the association of automotive R&D organizations (www.earpa.org). It

brings together the most prominent independent R&D providers in the automotive sector throughout

Europe. It has at present 24 members ranging from various commercial organizations to national institutes

and universities.

The Network of Excellence APSN, supported by EARPA, aims at mobilizing the European scientific & business

expertise in Vehicle Passive Safety to accelerate improvements in road safety in order to reduce the annual

road victims for the European Union (www.passivesafety.com). APSN joint technical and scientific objective

is to enhance the level of road safety at affordable costs for the individual user as well as for the European

society.

Hereby, EARPA Task Force on Safety (led by TNO) and the APSN Working Group on Road Infrastructure (led

by Chalmers University) would like to jointly answer your consultation on Road Infrastructure Safety

Management on the Trans-European Networks as follows:

Question 1: Do you agree with the definition & assessment of the problem

We welcome the European Commission’s effort to further looked at road safety issues linked to road

infrastructure as one of the components to a balanced European road safety policy. We agree with the

definition and assessment of the problem: an integrated approach is clearly required as proposed in the ong>ECong>

document.

Question 2: Do you agree with the policy options defined & assessed

Looking at the possibilities pointed out by the European Commission, Option 2 and 3 seem the most

appropriate if the aim is to clearly enhance road safety. However, from a practical point of view in terms of

implementation, option 2 seems the easiest to put in place at this stage.

Question 3: What is your opinion on the measures/instruments described in point 4 What

other measures could be taken

Regarding the measures/instruments described in point 4, we have the following comments:

1) Road Safety Impact Assessments will require more specific knowledge about the role of the road

design, the roadside infrastructure performance as well as the changing vehicle fleets.

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Existing knowledge in this area can be summarized in the ROBUST and RISER projects for roadside

infrastructure and SAFESTAR for the road influence. Some extra results/discussions are also

expected at the ROBUST final workshop planned end May 2006.

In any case, these three EU co-funded projects only started to look at the problem and clearly more

should be done in this area. We will need to identify more systematic analyses of road safety

countermeasures. This involves active and passive safety analyses as well as road safety data to

continually benchmark road infrastructure components. The RIPCORD project should be providing

more information in this area in the years to come.

2) Road safety audits will largely benefit from point 1. In addition, it should be noted that this topic

was discussed in the RISER final workshop. So far, it seems that the best road safety audit

experience can be found in the United-Kingdom.

3) Network safety management and safety inspections require detailed accident data to establish

priorities and develop inspection plans. We would like to point out the interest of the

report/deliverable D08 of the RISER project related to this topic. Further activities should be

developed to collect proper accident data to allow further safety work to be done on the Trans-

European Roads Networks.

Hoping that those comments will be of interest and used by the European Commission while defining further

its road safety policy, EARPA and APSN Network of Excellence remain at the ong>ECong> disposal for any further input

on this topic.

Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact EARPA Secretariat.

Kind regards,

Ms Muriel Attané

Secretary General

EARPA

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