On 19 November 2008, the European Parliament and Council issued Directive 2008/96/CE on road infrastructure safety management, which foresees a series of safety checks, as well as training and certification of road safety auditors. When the directive is adopted by the Member States, it will apply to the TEN-T road network (covering only a part of EU highways), while the highest number of fatalities occurs on secondary roads.
To overcome this barrier, PILOT4SAFETY aims to apply the Directive's approaches related to training and certification of Road Safety Experts for the application of Road Safety Audit and Road Safety Inspection procedures to selected secondary roads, in the EU Regions represented in the project. The idea is to share good practices and define common agreed training curricula and tools for qualification of road safety personnel. Verification in field studies will take place to check if such qualifications can be reciprocally recognized in five different European Regions, with two field trials for each Region.
The specific objectives of the project are:
- To develop curricula and tools for the auditing and inspections of secondary roads in a group of EU Regions tailor made to needs of regional/local authorities.
- To reach an agreement between the involved Regions about the acceptance of a common training curricula and the exchange of safety experts.
Thanks to the PILOT4SAFETY's high transferability, the general objective is to have a number of Regions applying the same approaches of the directive 2008/96/CE to secondary roads with a consequent reduction in the number of road fatalities, in accordance with the EU specific objectives.
The project will thus contribute to the implementation of coherent safety procedures on the whole road network, at Member State level, as well as at EU level.
The project consists of nine Tasks:
- Project Management
- Development of a Curriculum
- Implementation of Handbook
- Agreement about Training
- Execution of RSA
- Execution of RSI
- Evaluation of results
- Dissemination and Exploitation
To carry out one Road Safety Audit and one Road Safety Inspection on a project and on a road stretch (respectively) in each participating Region, each safety team will include at least one safety expert from another Region.