EFA event in EU Parliament
On 3rd May the event organized by MEP Marco Campomenosi and EFA was held at the European Parliament in Brussels to learn the point of view of driving schools in relation to the proposal for the Driving License Directive presented on 1st March by the European Commission. “IV Driving License Directive and TRAINING” was the first session of the morning and saw the main European road safety players as protagonists. The speakers, in order, were: Antonio Avenoso (Executive Director of ETSC), Ignacio Lijarcio (Traffic Psychology at Valencia University), Gianluca Di Flumeri (Senior Researcher of BRAINSIGNS), Paolo Perego (Traffic Psychology Unit of Research UCSC), Federico Semeraro (Chair Elect of ERC) and Filippo Randi (President of FEVR).
About 100 participants, very attentive and involved. Several MEPs and other road safety stakeholders also participated.
The second session of the morning, “Measuring and controlling fitness to drive: customized early warnings and faster roadside control” saw the participation of the scientific and institutional world. During this session the European project FitDrive was presented. The speakers were, in order: “Andreas Naegele (Policy Officier at DG Move), Pablo Perez Illana (Deputy Head of Unit, Horizon Europe Transport), Carlo Polidori (President of AIPSS), John Lepine (Project Expert of EFA) and Kevin Hurley (Secretary of EPDA).
The event was very successful and the organizers are planning to organize another event in the autumn 2023. Stay tuned!
Fitdrive stand at the EUCAD 2023 conference exhibition
On the 3rd of May, FitDrive was present at the EUCAD 2023 conference exhibition.
FitDrive participated in the EUCAD 2023 conference with a stand where the basic devices (stress analysis by measuring brain waves) used in the test phases and whose results will feed artificial intelligence were shown. AI is the basis of the device for measuring the driver’s cognitive skills in real time, to warn him in advance of imminent “unfitness to drive” conditions.
Let’s learn to survive – Motorbike training in Czech Republic
On 2023 April the 5th, there was the motorcycle instructor training session in Hradec Kralove.
Even this year, EFA colleagues from the Czech Republic have organized an international event with Czech institutions and a training session for motorcycle instructors on the racing track. After the official session with the Czech Minister of Transport, Martin Kupka, the instructors have been able to perform various exercises on the bikes to upgrade their teaching skills.
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The course was very successful and had international participants from Lithuania, Spain, Slovakia, United Arab Emirates and Italy. Thanks to the organizers to the very professional driving instructors, waiting for the course scheduled for next year, where even more participants are expected. Event organizer Jiri Novotny: “We are very happy with this training session. This is the result of years of commitment to training and road safety. We have already had requests to replicate the format from some countries and we plan to export training methodology in other countries by 2024”.
55th CIECA Congress in Vienna
On 23 – 26 May 2023 – the 55th CIECA Congress “What do novice drivers need to know today, what skills do they need to perfect and how do we test them?” was held in vienna.
An Event full of interesting ideas where several EFA members attended. We point out Vice President Stefan Ebner with his presentation “Austria’s two-phase driving license and the use of alternative cars and ADAS” and Jellylearn’s colleague Michael Bennet with “How evidence-based solutions such a hazard perception/prediction enhances novice drivers’ skills and supports testing”.
During the works the Czech EFA colleague Jiri Novotny was awarded for “Learning to Survive” as the best road safety project for 2023.
Mobiliance 2023 General Assembly in Le Havre
The general assembly of the French driving school association was held in Le Havre on 26th, 27th and 28th May this year. Great participation in the event also by international guests including Professor Gianluca di Flumeri of BrainSigns, Stefan Ebner and Manuel Picardi as vice presidents of EFA and the Abu Dhabi delegation led by Khalid Bin Alshemeili and George El Zacheim of EDC.
Much interest from the participants on the development of international activities. The EFA Board thanks the President Patrice Bessone and his staff for the concrete support they have been giving to European activities over the years. Allez les blues!
EFA in Australian Event
Australian researchers published a recent paper on how driving instructors have a key role in the young driver safety system, yet substantially less attention has been paid to their accreditation and professional development specific to teaching young drivers. Neurobiological development during mid-to-late adolescence influences how young people drive and the inflated risks they face relative to adult learners.
EFA is collaborating with Natalie Watson-Brown of Queensland University of Technology. On the morning of the 24th EFA participated in the presentation of a report on the training of driving instructors to the Australian Ministry.
Register now: The 2023 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Conference
On Tuesday 20 June 2023 at 13.00-17.00 CEST the PIN Conference will take place in Brussels on 20 June from 13.00-17.00.
ETSC will present the findings of the PIN Annual Report looking at progress in reducing road deaths and serious injuries across Europe.
ETSC will also present the PIN Award to a country that has made outstanding progress in improving road safety.
Finally, we will take stock of progress made so far on the EU’s 2030 road safety targets in a high-level discussion and look at two key road safety issues currently being discussed at EU level: the safety of young drivers and medical fitness to drive. EFA will take the floor to the event.
ITF Report on Measuring New Mobility – Definitions, Indicators, Data Collection
Innovative mobility services and vehicles are quickly changing the way people travel. Collectively, they have become known as “New Mobility”. But what characterises the phenomena to which this term is applied? And how much do they influence the daily lives of citizens? Transport policy makers around the world are grappling with these questions.
Good definitions are essential to understand, monitor and regulate New Mobility for the benefit of all. The report proposes a classification system for New Mobility services and vehicles that can be universally applied.
The United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety and EssilorLuxottica join forces in a campaign to promote good vision on the road
The United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety and EssilorLuxottica announce today a partnership that reinforces their commitment to promote good vision on the road. Following the United Nations’ call for its member countries to ensure good vision for all road users in alignment with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, EssilorLuxottica has used its resources and track-record in vision care to promote this important issue.