EFA goes to DG Move
EFA’s Board went to DG Move to meet M.me Claire Depré. The Head of Unit of C.2 Department hosted a very interesting and fruitful meeting. EFA’s Board presented some of the last documents prepared by the association on how to increase road safety respecting the green deal.
The Board presented the Training Matrix as a new concept of training and evaluation for novice drivers. The topics covered: how to manage the current restrictions as code 78 in category B driving licence; the need to have more aware drivers; the problem linked to ADAS especially related to the ageing of population; the urgent need to regulate the e-mobility; the proposal to introduce a high standard of hazard perception test and second phase licence at EU level.
Together we move forward!
EFA Virtual event
The last virtual EFA meeting was held on the 20th of October. Members hope it will be the last meeting remotely only. Several topics were covered including the presentation of the first results of the BrainSigns study on the attention of students, the report of the numerous webinars organized by Cieca and the EFA strategy in the coming months. A warm welcome was reserved for Lithuanian member Robertas Litvaitis and Dutch colleague Arno Smits presented by former Bovag president Frank Hoornenborg and on the return to EFA activities by Abu Dhabi colleague George El Zakhem. Both presented the latest innovations underway in their countries and the willingness to participate in international activities to achieve better results in road safety all together. In this regard, EFA members were proposed to organize the next event at the Emirates Driving Company in Abu Dhabi to show colleagues the latest technological innovations introduced in driving training. This could be an opportunity to present European activities to other countries in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) area and strengthen the global EFA network.
Safer Road Foundation Interview
EFA meets Michael Woodford, the President of Safer Roads Foundation. In a short interview Michael tells his story and the commitment he is putting into improving the roads in the world. An example of concreteness for everyone.
On October 27th EFA participated the PIARC event Connected and autonomous vehicles & roads: a path towards a safer future. With the presentation “Driving Schools New Teaching Modules and Instruments for AVs” the EFA’s General Secretary presented the main issues regarding the ADAS. Today a lot of drivers are traveling in cars with many ADAS without using them. Just because nobody tells to the drivers how to use them. It is still missing the prompt training to let people understanding how to take advantage from the right use of ADAS.
Novice and expert drivers have to be trained on how to use current and next car devices. EFA proposed to introduce a new module of training to create more aware drivers. It should be mandatory in the Category B driver training curricula. Also due to the ageing of population it should be considered to introduce an extraordinary session for elderly people want to maintain their licence driving new vehicles.
Some issues raised by EFA are concerning the not good setting of ADAS, especially after a road collision.
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EFA participates at SINA Webinar
EFA General Secretary presented the ETSC report on Heavy Vehicles Road Crashes at the SINA webinar on October 25th.
The second training seminar for driving instructors and motorway operators has ended with the aim of raising awareness of both the risks and measures to be taken in the event of a road collision. The Secretary General of EFA stresses the need to have a training of driving professionals aligned with the training of motorway operators. First of all, driving instructors must discuss with operators to be updated on the latest news in terms of road safety on motorways. Secondly, instructors will have to hand over the information obtained to future drivers or professional drivers, during periodic training courses (CPC). The presentation on the correct behavior in the event of a collision in a tunnel was much appreciated by all participants.
Motor Transport Institute (pol. Instytut Transportu Samochodowego, ITS), is one of the partners of the Trustonomy project. In this interview, Małgorzata Pełka and Aleksandra Rodak tell us more about ITS leading role on driver training pillar. Trustonomy (Trust + Autonomy) aims to increase the trust and acceptance of highly automated vehicles through the research, experimentation and evaluation of technologies and approaches relevant to the development of autonomous driving, in relation to different categories of users (professional and non-professional), road transport vehicles and driving conditions. Trustonomy is an EU project funded within the Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 (Grant Agreement number 815003).
The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) is pleased to invite you to join the ACEM 2021 online conference “The Ride to 2030 and Beyond: The Contribution of the European Motorcycle Industry to Sustainable Mobility”.
During the event, senior industry executives will present the Vision of the motorcycle industry at the horizon 2030, and will exchange views with leading European and international policy-makers on how motorcycling fits within current and future mobility, sustainability and road safety policies.