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The provision, where possible, of road safety related minimum universal traffic information free of charge to users under the ITS Directive 2010/40/EU

Consultation period: 13/03/2012 - 5/06/2012

Online questionnaire

Objective of the consultation

The objective of this public consultation is to collect the opinions of stakeholders and EU citizens on the provision, where possible, of road safety related minimum universal traffic information free of charge to users. More precisely this questionnaire addresses issues related to the type of safety messages, the possible channels of communication, the geographical coverage, the expected impacts of such information…

The aim of the European Commission is to support the coordinated and coherent deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) within the EU and to set out the general conditions necessary for that purpose.

The present consultation will provide inputs for the development of specifications on road safety related minimum universal traffic information, and the impact assessment that will be carried prior to the adoption of the aforementioned specifications.

The outcome of this consultation will be discussed during a workshop to be organised in Brussels later this year. If you are interested into participating to this stakeholder event please express your interest by sending an email to MOVE-ITS@ec.europa.eu specifying the object of your message as "safety information workshop".

Target Groups

Such specifications dealing with road safety related information could potentially affect all parties involved in traffic information services. Therefore it is important to gather the views of as many stakeholders as possible: manufacturers, operators, telecommunication companies, emergency agents, public authorities at national, regional or local level… and the general public / EU citizens.

Background

Directive 2010/40/EU ("ITS Directive") of 7 July 2010 on the framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport includes six priority actions for which binding specifications shall be elaborated (Art.6). These binding specifications should ensure compatible and interoperable services for all road users based on existing standards and technology. In the medium term they will contribute to the provision of free, where possible, EU-wide harmonised minimum services.

One of these priority actions is about "data and procedures for the provision, where possible, of road safety related minimum universal traffic information free of charge to users" (Art. 3, item c). In this context safety related information means information enhancing the level of road safety and decreasing the likelihood and severity of accidents; and universal information means understandable by all.

Road safety is one of the priorities of EU Transport Policy. Road accidents indeed still kill and injure too many people in Europe. Fatalities have fallen by 42% since 2001, but in 2010 there were still more than 31 000 deaths on European roads. It is widely recognised that accidents on the road to a certain extent can be avoided by timely warning of motorists about unexpected and dangerous traffic incidents and situations. However road users are currently not warned about these incidents appropriately, with sometimes tragic consequences. From a policy perspective this also hinders the achievement of the goal to halve road casualties by 2020 and to move close to zero fatalities in road transport by 2050 in the EU.

Timely warning for unexpected traffic situations could allow motorists to better anticipate, increase their vigilance, and hence avoid potentially dangerous situations. As road safety is a major public concern, there is a public interest to ensure that reliable safety related information is available free of charge to all motorists in the European Union. And whereas public bodies have been the traditional sources of safety related information, new traffic monitoring technologies could turn private companies into important actors as well. In this context harmonisation could be required to guarantee optimum public access to safety related information.

Important notice

The idle session time-out is 90 minutes. In case of a time-out, your replies will be lost. You are advised to prepare your answers beforehand.

Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representing the view of the Commission. It does not prejudge, or constitute the announcement of any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.

Rules on personal data protection apply .

Related documents

Results of the consultation

Public consultation report pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

Consultation documents

Online questionnaire

Hard copy pdf - 80 KB [80 KB]

Transparency Register

Personal Data Protection

Background documents

Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2010 on the framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport