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1 Road Safety Policy in the Netherlands Road safety policy in the Netherlands

2 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 2 Contents Facts and figures Why a success? The Mobility policy document Decentralisation Challenges for the future The alcolock program

3 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 3 The Netherlands Inhabitants: 16,3 million Surface: km 2 Total road network length: km Cars: 7,1 million Bicycles: 13 million bicycles Mopeds: 0,5 million Trucks/vans: 1 million

4 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 4 Why invest in road safety? Health related Safety in public space Social cohesion, human suffering Economic issue, congestion Costs

5 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 5 Costs of road accidents 9,0 billion €/year

6 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 6 Fatalities

7 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 7 Traffic fatalities

8 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 8 Serious injured

9 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 9 Hospitalised traffic victims

10 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 10 Fatalities per population(2004)

11 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 11 Why succesful Cooperation Integrated approach Sustainable safety

12 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 12 Measures that worked Infrastructure: seperation of traffic based on speed Vehicle: safety belts, EuroNcap, child restraints, lights Behaviour; alcohol, drivers license, campaigns, education

13 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 13 Mobility Policy document New plan accepted by Parliament in February 2006 Reliable door-to-door transport Decentralise where possible, centralise where necessary Permanent improvement of road safety

14 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 14 Joint structure plan Regional Traffic and Transport Plan Municipal policy National Traffic and Transport Plan National Government Provinces and metropolitan areas Municipalities

15 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 15 Decentralisation Place the responsibilities where they can be best carried out Most road accidents occur on the 50 and 80 km/h roads Regional and local authorities have the instruments to achieve a more efficient and integrated approach to solve the problems

16 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 16 Challenges for the next ten years Continuing growing transport Older population and other vulnerable road users Using existing and new technologies Create broad interest in road safety (involve all the stake holders) New strategy to become effective in 2008

17 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 17 National Mobility policy document New road safety targets 2010 and 2020 (actual number) in 2006 – 811 fatalities, hospitalised A maximum of 750 A maximum of serious injured 2020 A maximum of 580 fatalities (-45%) A maximum of serious injured (-34%)

18 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 18 Recent and forthcoming measures on national level till 2010 National Government –subsidies 50% of the cost of regional measures to a maximum of 352 million euros –invests 100 million euros in safety measures at national roadwork Measures aimed at novice drivers (provisional driving licence, alcohol limit of 0,02 g/dl) New drivers licence document (2006) Penalty point licence (2007) Alcohol lock (2009) Safety measures in freight-transport (i.e. safety culture) Campaigns in combination with enforcement

19 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 19 National Mobility Policy document Period 2010 – 2020 Regional road safety plans (national government will invest 800 million euros) –Sustainable safe infrastructure –Education Intelligent vehicle measures –Intelligent speed adaptation –EuroNcap, LDWA, etc. Education, communication and enforcement at least on the same level as before 2010 Road pricing

20 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 20 Dutch Alcolock Program The implementation of the Dutch Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program is in full preparation The ignition interlock device combined with a support program The introduction is planned for 2009 In 2008 a small scale experiment

21 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 21 Objectives Reduction of DUI casualties Estimated reduction after introduction of the alcolock: 30 each year The objective of the program is that clients learn to separate drinking from driving The program focuses on alcohol abuse and driving

22 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 22 Alcolock device Every alcolock device has to meet the EU- standard Costs Euro Support program 200 Euro Driving license 70 Euro The client will meet all expenses


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