GRSP – New series of road safety positioning papers 2017

The Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) has launched a new series of Positioning Papers, designed to create an understanding of the scale of road traffic deaths and injuries and their linkages to other humanitarian and development issues. The Positioning Papers seek to highlight that road safety is a multidimensional issue that requires an urgent and sustained contribution across many sectors, and that evidence based road safety interventions can address broader development issues such as children’s rights, public health, consumer rights and more. The Positioning Papers further enhance the GRSP’s suite of tools to support road safety advocacy campaign planning, including a general advocacy campaign toolkit and media advocacy toolkit, all of which are available on its Advocacy Tools web page. 

March 21st, 2017|Categories: News|

NTUA Civil Engineering School ranked 12th in Europe 2017

The Civil Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens was ranked this year 12th in Europe and 42rd worldwide among all Civil Engineering Schools. This ranking is produced by the QS Organisation (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017) based on the following criteria: Research, Teaching, Employability, Facilities, Internationalization, Innovation, Engagement and Access. NTUA road safety activities have contributed to this ranking. pdf5

Professor Demetris Koutsoyiannis, Dean of the Civil Engineering School highlighted that the Civil Engineering School improved its ratings, compared to 2016, in all individual criteria of the ranking, except for one: the reputation of its graduates, in which there was a slight decline (from 80 to 74.9). The Civil Engineering School scored its best individual ranking in the “citations per paper” criterion (91.1), in which it was ranked 19th worldwide. In this specific criterion it overpasses a lot of competitive schools which have a better overall ranking

March 10th, 2017|Categories: News|

ICoRSI – Independent Council for Road Safety International

The Independent Council for Road Safety International (ICoRSI) is a recently launched new not-for profit organization, which provides independent authoritative advice on global road safety policies by road safety scientists that have no financial conflicts of interest. ICoRSI aims to provide rapid, independent and evidence-based information on road safety policy and practice to policy makers and the public, strengthen the capacity of safety professionals and policy makers to understand existing evidence and undertake new research and facilitate in capacity building for safety professionals and policy makers in the field of transportation safety. 

ICoRSI has recently launched comments on WHO’s draft global targets for road safety risk factorspdf5

February 28th, 2017|Categories: News|

Transport Research Arena – Research Awards TRAVisions 2018

TRAVisions concerns two competitions for transport research awards to be announced in a prestigious award ceremony at the Transport Research Arena Conference on 16-19th April 2018 in Vienna:  pdf5 twitter

  • TRAVisions 2018 Young Researcher Competition, an academic student competition with the goal of stimulating the interest among young researchers and students in the field of sustainable surface transport 
  • TRAVisions 2018 Senior Researcher Competition , a competition for senior researchers in the field of innovative surface transport concepts based on results only from EU-funded projects .
February 24th, 2017|Categories: Conferences, News|

NTUA Road Safety Observatory in figures 2016

The infographic of the 2016 NTUA Road Safety Observatory (www.nrso.ntua.gr) highlights one more very intensive year, striving with highly scientific expertise to improve road safety in Greece, in Europe and worldwide.

The nrso people with excellent dedication, efficiency and expertise were active in 13 innovative research projects, succeeded to publish more than 55 scientific papers (21 in peer reviewed journals), achieved more than 38.500 visits of the nrso website, handled more than 75.000 emails and run more than 4.500 km! pdf5

February 11th, 2017|Categories: News|

NTUA Best Wishes for a Joyful and Safe 2017

At the end of another year full of surprises and non-stopping efforts, we heartily wish you very joyful Christmas holidays and a very happy and fruitful new year 2017, plenty of personal and professional achievements. Let’s face the new challenges ahead with creative hope and scientific persistence for even safer roads in Europe and worldwide.

December 10th, 2016|Categories: News|

Ministry of Infrastructure – Road Safety Auditors Certification in Greece 2016

The recently established Road Infrastructure Safety Directorate (P.D.109/2014) pdf5 of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks has further adapted Greek legislation to the provisions of Directive 2008/96/EC pdf5 on Road Infrastructure Safety Management by introducing the certification procedures for Road Safety Auditors in Greece (OG 1694/13.6.2016) pdf5.

This new legislation concerns the establishment and implementation of procedures for road safety audits and inspections, the assessment of road safety impacts and the management and improvement of the Greek national road network safety level, at the design, construction and operational stages. According to these new procedures, Road Safety Audits will be performed by Certified Auditors who should have completed a Certified Road Safety Training Program and obtained the certificate of competence.  NTUA has actively contributed to the development of these procedures and the related scientific supporting material.

November 25th, 2016|Categories: News|

NTUA Associate Researchers obtained the NTUA Thomaidion Awards 2016

Dr. Panagiotis Papantoniou obtained the NTUA Thomaidion Αward 2016 for the publication of the journal paper titled “Assessment of driving simulator studies on driver distraction, co-authored by Prof. George Yannis and Dr. Eleonora Papadimitriou in the Advances in Transportation Studies. doi

Dr. Dimosthenis Pavlou obtained the NTUA Thomaidion Αward 2016 for the publication of the conference paper titled “Driving behaviour of drivers with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease: a driving simulator study, co-authored by Dr. Eleonora Papadimitriou, Dr. Costas Antoniou, Dr. Panagiotis Papantoniou, Prof. George Yannis, Prof. John Golias, and Dr. Sokratis Papageorgiou, in the Proceedings of the 94th Annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, January 2015. pdf5

November 24th, 2016|Categories: News|

NTUA ranked 3rd in Europe for scientific citations in transport 2016

According to a recent University Ranking, based on the number of references in scientific journals over the last decade (2007-2016) in the field of transportation, NTUA ranks 3rd in Europe and 19th worldwide (h-index: 26). The Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens has contributed largely to this excellent performance and road safety was one of the main components. 

November 24th, 2016|Categories: News|

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2016

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed on the third Sunday of November each year (this year on 20 November 2016) by an increasing number of countries on every continent around the world. From 1995, the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) observed this day, as European Day of Remembrance, that was adopted by the United Nations in 2005, and is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities, as well as to pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who daily deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury.   twitter

Several activities took place worldwide, including those of:

Several activities took also place in Greece:

November 20th, 2016|Categories: News|

SaveKidsLives – Safe and healthy journey to school at the new urban Agenda 2016

The New Urban Agenda is a twenty year global policy framework for cities. It has been adopted at the United Nations Habitat III conference, held in Quito, Ecuador. The #SaveKidsLives campaign, contributed towards ensuring road safety goals were included in the Global Goals. Now, with over 1 million supporters, the #SaveKidsLives campaign marks a significant achievement; the New Urban Agenda includes the core objective of a ‘safe and healthy journey to school for every child’ as a prioritylink

November 8th, 2016|Categories: News|

ITF – Safer City Streets – New Global Network launched 2016

Safer City Streets, the new global traffic safety network for liveable cities, was launched on 18 October during the UN Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador. Safer City Streets is managed by the International Transport Forum and it is built for cities to share their experience and learn from each other. Cities address many challenges by working together and learning from each other – but so far not in road safety. Safer City Streets fills this gap by linking cities that are working to make their citizens safer in traffic. It provides city officials high-value information for better decision making, global networking and learning opportunities for city officials and the possibility to carry out research on topics of common interest. Member cities have access to policy-relevant data, a network of experts and targeted analysis. link link

NTUA has actively contributed to the Methodology for Developing the Database and Network.  link

October 31st, 2016|Categories: News|

EuroNCAP – Latest Safety Ratings published 2016

EuroNCAP announced it’s latest safety ratings, sorted by the date of publication, by star rating and by make in alphabetical order. In 2016, the star rating is based on a vehicle fitted only with safety equipment which is standard across the entire model range, throughout EU28. All cars assessed now have a rating with standard safety equipment only. A second rating might also be available for the same vehicle model which represents the additional safety available from a ‘safety pack’, containing all of the safety technologies needed to achieve the additional star rating and must be available on all variants in all countries where the additional equipment is not standard. The EuroNCAP’s latest safety ratings are now available: 

October 31st, 2016|Categories: News|

FIA Foundation – Investing to prevent road trauma 2016

A new Report “Investing to prevent road trauma saves lives and pays financial dividends” launched by FIA Foundation on 22nd September 2016 during the iRAP Innovation Workshop hosted by the World Bank in Washington DC, presenting findings to representatives of development banks, philanthropies and road authorities. The new report builds on the last year’s Report: Breaking the Deadlock: A Social Impact Investment Lens on Reducing Costs of Road Trauma and Unlocking Capital for Road Safety and is part of the FIA Foundation’s ‘Financing for Development’ series of policy and research papers. link

October 6th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

TISPOL / EC – EDWARD – European Day without a Road Death 2016

The European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) together with the European Commission DG Move Road Safety Unit have launched the project EDWARD – the European Day Without A Road Death 2016, which took place with great success on 21 September 2016. This day there were 43 road deaths across 31 countries, compared to 70 fatalities on the same day in 2015 (reduction of almost 39%) with 19 countries recording zero fatalities on 21 September, compared with 11 countries in 2015. A full country-by-country result report is now available: link

Project EDWARD also featured a road safety pledge asking road users to promise to: drive at speeds that are both legal and safe, pay particular attention when driving near schools, never drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs/medicines, always wear seat belt and not using mobile phone while driving. link

 

September 21st, 2016|Categories: News|

International SOS Foundation – Launch of Road Safety Travel Risk Map 2016

A new Road Safety overlay feature to the Travel Risk Map has been recently launched by the International SOS Foundation, working in collaboration with GRSP and utilizing data from the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015. The interactive Travel Risk Map has been a widely used resource for business travellers in understanding the risks posed when visiting or relocating to foreign countries in terms of travel security and medical risk. The addition of the Road Safety Risk overlay will serve to educate the mobile workforce to be more aware of the vast differences in road traffic environments from country to country. 

June 9th, 2016|Categories: News|

NTUA – Department of Transportation Planning & Engineering new website 2016

The new website of the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens is now up and running at: www.transport.ntua.gr

The education and research activities of the Department since its establishment in 1982 are highlighted, together with all the latest news. Road safety was and still constitutes a major scientific discipline within the activities of the Department. 

May 15th, 2016|Categories: News|

NTUA PhD Thesis awarded European Friedrich List Prize 2016

The PhD Dissertation of Dr. Panagiotis Papantoniou at the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, titled: ‘Risk factors, driver behaviour and accident probability. The case of distracted driving‘ has been awarded winning dissertation of the European Friedrich-List-Award 2016 and the European Platform of Transport Sciences (EPTS).  ppt5

May 13th, 2016|Categories: News|

Transportation Research F – Call for papers on Fitness to Drive 2016

A special issue of Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, on Fitness to Drive is now calling for papers. The Special Issue of Fitness to Drive considers all aspects associated with determining if a person is fit to drive and subsequent implications of this decision.

Its basis includes: 1) naturalistic and/or observational studies of drivers post personal decision or medical requirement to cease driving, 2) evaluation of methodologies for objectively determining fitness to drive 3) issues of enforcement, legal and societal implications, and 4) consideration of how decisions of fitness to drive fit within the licensing system in terms of private and commercial license holders. The submissions should be empirical papers based on rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods/techniques and should be submited before October 1st, 2016

May 12th, 2016|Categories: News|

UN Resolution to improve global road safety 2016

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution which represents the strongest ever commitment on road safety made by UN Member States. It invites Member States that have not already done so to consider adopting policies and measures to implement United Nations vehicle safety regulations or equivalent national standards to ensure that all new motor vehicles, meet applicable minimum regulations for occupant and other road users protection, with seat belts, air bags and active safety systems fitted as standard.

The resolution builds upon the ‘Brasilia Declaration’ passed by the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety held on 18th -19th November 2015 in Brasilia and endorses the standard fitment of active safety systems which are the primary focus of the Stop the Crash Partnership.  

April 28th, 2016|Categories: News|

SafetyCube – Developing an Innovative Road Safety DSS – Newsletter April 2016

SafetyCube is a research project funded by the European Commissionunder the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, in the domain of Road Safety. The project started on May 1st, 2015 and will run for a period of three years with primary objective todevelop an innovative road safety Decision Support System (DSS) that will enable policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities in Europe and worldwide. NTUA is actively contributing to all phases of the SafetyCube project. 

The latest SafetyCube newsletter with the latest project developments is now available.  

April 25th, 2016|Categories: News|

UGroningen – Traffic Psychology and Sustained Mobility MSc Programme – 2016

The MSc programme ‘Traffic Psychology and Sustained Mobility‘will start running on 1 September 2016, by the University of Groningen. The programme is based on differenct disciplines covering the broad theme of mobility and offer courses that examine social perspectives that consider how a decline in the ability to process information affects mobility and that focus on the clinical effects of ageing (e.g. dementia). Road Safety in the modern mobility framework is a key issue addressed by this MSc Programme.  

April 18th, 2016|Categories: News|

UN Resolution to Establish Road Safety Trust Fund 2016

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution seeking to establish a road safety trust fund, Aimed at Halving Global Number of Traffic Deaths and Injuries. Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted a draft resolution titled “Improving global road safety” (document A/70/L.44), expressing concern that road traffic crashes killed more than 1.25 million people and injured as many as 50 million people a year.  It invited Member States and the international community to step up collaboration to meet target 3.6, and encouraged the upcoming United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development to consider road safety and safe, affordable public transport.

Jean Todt, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Road Safety, stated that the Road Safety Trust Fund is a priority, taking into account that the cost of road accidents and their consequences is estimated to around $500 billion a year.  

April 15th, 2016|Categories: News|

European Commission new enforcement and road safety rules 2016

The European Commission has adopted a series of rules applicable to road hauliers and road passenger transport operators. They include a common classification of serious road safety infringements undertransport legislation, as well as new specifications for smart tachographs (the device that records driving times of lorry, bus and coach drivers), making the best use of new digital technologies such as Galileo. The objective is to enhance road safety, contribute to a fairer competition between road transport operators and to facilitate a consistent enforcement of EU rules across borders. 

March 26th, 2016|Categories: News|

NTUA Civil Engineering School ranked 8th in Europe 2016

The Civil Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens was ranked this year 8th in Europe and 33rd worldwide among all Civil Engineering Schools. This ranking is produced by the QS Organisation based on the following criteria: Research, Teaching, Employability, Facilities, Internationalization, Innovation, Engagement and Access. NTUA road safety activities have contributed to this ranking.

Professor Demetris Koutsoyiannis, Dean of the Civil Engineering School said that this great improvement is the result of the systematic and collective efforts of all Faculty members, researchers and students for academic and research excellence.   

March 24th, 2016|Categories: News|

ETSC new film on Seat Belt Reminder Systems Importance 2016

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has released a new film that is calling the European Commission to require the fitting of Seat Belt Reminder Systems in all passenger seats in new cars when it reviews vehicle safety regulations later this year. The short video highlights thecritical importance of seat belt wearing to prevent serious injury and death and cites research showing that up to a quarter of rear seat passengers are still failing to belt up. Seat Belt Reminder systems are already required on drivers’ seats thanks to the last update to vehicle safety regulations in 2009. The film features experts in vehicle safety, post-collision rehabilitation and police enforcement.  video

February 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

ETSC new film on Intelligent Speed Assistance 2016

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has released a new film that makes the case for making overridable Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) a standard feature on all new vehicles in Europe. The five-minute video has been launched as the European Commission continues work on the development of the next generation of vehicle safety standards, expected to be launched later this year. A major study published last year by the European Commission found that Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) is one of several new vehicle technologies which are now suitable for mandatory fitting on new cars as they are ‘feasible in terms of the technology required’, already available on the market and offer a positive benefit-cost ratio.  video

February 11th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

GRSP New Advocacy Resource Centre 2016

The Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) has recently launched a key new web resource centre to support advocacy efforts specifically for road safety policies and implementation. The new Advocacy Resource Centre is a one-stop resource for organizations campaigning for road safety policies or policy implementation. It features over 800 pieces of content, which have been specifically collated and created to be useful for both road safety organizations and other organizations that may be interested in addressing road safety.

The Advocacy Resource Centre also holds a comprehensive Advocacy Toolkit, which is a a nine-part comprehensive guide detailing all aspects of constructing a successful advocacy campaign, focusing specifically on road safety.

January 26th, 2016|Categories: News|

SafetyCube – Developing an Innovative Road Safety DSS – Newsletter 2016

SafetyCube is a research project funded by the European Commissionunder the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, in the domain of Road Safety. The project started on May 1st, 2015 and will run for a period of three years with primary objective todevelop an innovative road safety Decision Support System (DSS) that will enable policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities in Europe and worldwide. NTUA is actively contributing to all phases of the SafetyCube project. 

The first SafetyCube newsletter with the latest project developments is now available. 

January 15th, 2016|Categories: News|

Journal of Transportation Safety & Security – Call for papers: Driving Simulation Experiments and Behavior Analysis 2016

A Special Issue of the Journal of Transportation Safety & Security focusing on Driving Simulation Experiments and Behavior Analysis is now calling for papers.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

– driver behavior and human factors
– driver perception and modeling
– driver distraction
– impaired driving performance
– infrastructure design
– innovative data collection and analyses
– design of simulator scenarios
– simulator sickness (e.g. simulation fidelity)  doi
January 4th, 2016|Categories: News|

Accident Analysis & Prevention – Call for papers: Road Safety Data Considerations 2016

A Special Issue of Accident Analysis & Prevention focusing on Road Safety Data Considerations is now calling for papers that address issues related to road safety data and methods that can be applied at all stages of data handling (collection, processing and analysis). Moreover, the presentation of applications utilizing innovative road safety data analysis is encouraged, particularly in emerging regions (that typically lack detailed and updated crash and casualty information), focusing on methodological adaptations for tackling information scarcity, or other limitations of technology transfer. 

January 2nd, 2016|Categories: News|

NTUA Road Safety Observatory in figures 2015

2015 was a very intensive year for the NTUA Road Safety Observatory as presented at the respective 2015-in-figures infographic highlighting nrso activities on research and web presence but also on work and sports.

The intensive 2015 nrso activity is demonstrated by the active contributions to 12 research projects, together with the 54 papers in scientific journals and conferences and the more than 38.500 visits of the nrso website, whereas the 65.368 emails handled and the 3.088km run are proving the high nrso efficiency and fitness to perform!  pdf5

January 1st, 2016|Categories: News|

GRSP interactive mapping tool 2015

The Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) has launched a newinteractive mapping tool on its website. This interactive map draws on a database of over 11,000 cells and allows the user to quickly and easily find information and data of interest. The interactive map features three primary tabs, enabling searching by GRSP Activity, IFRC Engagement or by Global Crash Data from the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015.

This tool comes as a result of multiple surveys into stakeholder needs and will be constantly updated with the latest data so that it becomes a ‘go to’ entry point for a wealth of road safety information, data, tools and resources that are being built into the GRSP website.  

December 24th, 2015|Categories: News|

NTUA best wishes for a joyful and safe 2016

We heartily wish you very joyful Christmas holidays and a very happy and fruitful new year 2016, plenty of personal and professional achievements. Let’s face the new challenges ahead with creative hope and scientific persistence for even safer roads in Europe and worldwide.

December 17th, 2015|Categories: News|

CNN Greece – Ηas crisis made us better drivers 2015

At a recent interview at CNN Greece, NTUA Professor George Yannis attempts to decode the effect of economic crisis on the impressive reduction of road fatalities in Greece and in Europe. He presented NTUA related work but also the main findings from the recent OECD/ITF Report on the relation between growth and road safety.

According to recent research, the economic crisis has played a major role to the recent impressive road fatalities reduction in Greece and in Europe (claimed to be responsible for the 2/3 of this reduction).  Professor George Yannis estimates that after the crisis, traffic increase will result to some road accidents increase (already happening in the EU), however this increase will be limited as the improved driver behaviour (less agressive and less speedy) will also remain after the crisis.  The full article  and the related video are now available.

November 30th, 2015|Categories: News|

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2015

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed on the third Sunday of November each year (this year on 15 November 2015) by an increasing number of countries on every continent around the world. This day adopted by the UN in 2005, was dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashesand their families and communities, as well as to pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who daily deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury.

In Greece this year, Efthita Rhodes, member of FEVR (European Federation of Road Traffic Victims) and the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety organised a series of events to commemorate this day, including the promotion of the special video translated in several languages.  Furthermore, on the occasion of this day, the Road Safety Institute Panos Mylonas (IOAS) has released the results of the UN Millennium Development Campaign MY World video

November 15th, 2015|Categories: News|

FIA Save Kids Lives – A film by Luc Besson 2015

A film to raise awareness of the road safety crisis, directed by Luc Besson is now a part of the #SAVEKIDSLIVES campaign on road safety of the FIA and FIA Foundation, the international motoring federation. According to World Health Organisation figures, 500 children are killed each day in road crashes globally. In a bid to raise awareness of this road safety crisis, Jean Todt, President of the FIA, and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Road Safety, turned to world renowned film director Luc Besson to deliver a potent visual message highlighting the road dangers facing children around the world.

The film is a shocking wake-up call and was shot on location in South Africa and Paris demonstrating the dangers faced every day by children on their journey to school, whether caused by the lack of safe infrastructure in the townships of South Africa or by the heavy traffic of a major European city.  video

October 13th, 2015|Categories: News|

SWOV Road Safety Library Portal 2015

The Dutch Institute for Road Safety Research SWOV, offers openly to the road safety scientific community, a very powerful online documentation tool: the SWOV Library Portal. It provides users the opporunity to search through a large number of journals, full text publications and several other road safety theme files.   

September 8th, 2015|Categories: News|

Panagiotis Papantoniou defended his PhD thesis on driver distraction 2015

Panagiotis Papantoniou has successfully defended his PhD thesis titled:Risk factors, driver behaviour and accident probability. The case of distracted driving. This PhD thesis was carried out at the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering at the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens under the supervision of Prof. George Yannis.

The objective of the PhD thesis is the analysis of the effect of road, traffic and  driver risk factors on driver behaviour and accident probability at unexpected incidents, with particular focus on distracted driving. For this purpose, a large driving simulator experiment took place in which 95 participants were asked to drive under different types of distraction (no distraction, conversation with passenger, cell phone use) in different road (urban/rural) and traffic conditions (high/low). Then, within the framework of an advanced statistical methodology, latent analysis through a sequence of four Structural Equation Models allowed to go well beyond the piecemeal analyses of driving performance measures to a sound combined analysis of the interrelationship between risk factors, driving performance, driver error and accident probability at unexpected incidents. Results indicate that more likely to commit driving errors are young or old female drivers at urban areas while more likely to be involved in an accident at an unexpected incident are female drivers in low traffic conditions while talking on the cell phone. pdf5 ppt5

August 31st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

Professor John Golias appointed Minister at the new transitional Government of Greece 2015

Professor John Golias was appointed Minister for Reconstruction of Production Environment and Energy  at the new transitional Government of Greece. It is the first time that a Transportation Engineer is appointed Minister at the Greek Governement.

Professor John Golias is the Director of Traffic Engineering Laboratory of NTUA and Rector of NTUA. He has been involved in all areas of transportation planning and engineering sector for more than 35 years through numerous research projects, engineering studies and committees in Greece and abroad and he is the author of a great number of published scientific papers, cited widely worldwide. He served also as Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and Chairman of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers. Road accident analysis and road safety policy are among his key scientific areas. [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

August 30th, 2015|Categories: News|

Hellastron – Emergency lane campaign 2015

The newly founded organisation HELLASTRON (Hellenic Association of Toll Road Network) carried out an information campaign promoting the appropriate use of emergency lanes in all Greek Motorways: Atiiki Odos, Rion-Antirion Bridge, Egnatia Odos, Nea Odos, Moreas, Aegean Motorway, Olympia Odos and Kentriki Odos. A well-documented leaflet titled “Emergency lane – Life lane” containing the necessary instructions for the use of the emergency lane is widely distributed this summer to the drivers using the Greek motorways.  

August 11th, 2015|Categories: News|

IOAS – Enjoy visiting Greece 2015

The Road Safety Institute “Panos Mylonas”  in collaboration with the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” carried out a campaign for road safety for Greek and foreign drivers who visit Greece, putting posters in projection screens in Athens Airport for the whole month of August 2015, with the support of Interbus. The aim of this campaign is toremind people who visit Greece that the risks on the road are constant, especially when the road network is overloaded with a large number of vehicles during summer holidays.  

August 4th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

TRA 2016 – EU Champions of Transport Research Competition 2016

The 6th European Transport Research Conference Transport Research Arena 2016 to take place in Warsaw between 18-21 April 2016 is organising the EU Champions of Transport Research Competition. The competition recognises and celebrates leading researchers who are, or have recently been, contributing to surface transport EU‐funded projects. Successful candidates will have to demonstrate excellence and proven impacts in their field of research. This competition will provide a platform to further disseminate knowledge and results from research projects in Surface Transport, promoting future synergies and further development of innovative ideas, in line with the strategic objectives of the TRA stakeholders. The Champions of Research Competition will act as a showcase for the very best EU‐funded research and encourage the identification of current and future leaders in the field. The deadline for submission of entries is 30 September 2015. 

July 25th, 2015|Categories: News|

Panagiotis Papantoniou awarded outstanding Conference Poster, London 2015

Panagiotis Papantoniou, NTUA PhD Candidate and Researcher at the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens has been awarded with the outstanding conference poster award of the 1stInternational Conference on Transport & Health Changing Perspectives, which took place in London, 6-8 July 2015. The outstanding conference poster award concerned the poster presentation on “How cell phone use affects reaction time of older drivers” co-authored by Costas Antoniou, George Yannis, Eleonora Papadimitriou, Dimosthenis Pavlou and John Golias.   ppt5

July 8th, 2015|Categories: News|

European Commission Interim Evaluation of Road Safety Policy 2011-2020

The Interim Evaluation of the road safety policy framework has been recently released by the European Commission, taking stock of action taken to date and assessing progress made towards the target of halving of the number of road deaths over the period 2011-2020. The main conclusions of this Interim Evaluation are:

– the policy framework remains relevant,
– the fatality reduction target is an important tool,
the target is still within reach, but will be a challenge,
– more attention needs to be paid to vulnerable road‑users and serious injuries,
– future challenges: an ageing population, distracting technical devices.  

The complete documentation of the European Commission Road Safety Policy Interim Evaluation is now available: The Interim Evaluation Report and the Staff Working Document  , The Support study  and its Annexes  by Jeanne BreenPolicy orientations on road safety 2011-2020   and Transport White Paper 2011.

June 15th, 2015|Categories: News|

New EU Regulation for eCall 2015

The EU 2015/758 Regulation concerning the type-approval requirements for the deployment of the eCall in-vehicle system based on the 112 service is just published in the Official Journal on 19 May 2015. This Regulation foresees the mandatory fitting of 112-based eCall in-vehicle system on all new types of M1 and N1 vehicles from 31 March 2018 onward, as well as the right of the vehicle owner to use a TPS eCall in-vehicle system providing a similar service, in addition to the 112-based eCall in-vehicle system.

The 112 eCall automatically dials Europe’s single emergency number 112 in the event of a serious road accident and communicates the vehicle’s location to the emergency services. 

May 26th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

Olympia Odos – Workzone Safety Video 2015

A video explaining the traffic arrangements in Olympia Odos has recently been released by Olympia Odos Operation Company. Olympia Odos is one of the hardest road infrastructure projects built today in Greece, because it has a major specificity; it is the only highway made while being in use by significant traffic volumes, as the under construction new motorway follows the route of the old road.  In the video, the reasons for all the traffic arrangements and how they contribute in the safety of those who use the motorway and those working for the construction of the new motorway are illustrated. video

May 8th, 2015|Categories: News|

Third United Nations Global Week on Children and Road Safety 2015

The global campaign for the Third United Nations Global Road Safety Week, organised by the UN Road Safety Collaboration took place the Week 4-10 May 2015, on the theme children and road safety. The campaign #SaveKidsLives was seeking to highlight the plight of children on the world’s roads; generate action to better ensure their safety; and promote the inclusion of safe and sustainable transport in the post-2015 development agenda. The campaign invited all road safety policy-makers and advocated to “sign it”, “show it”, and “deliver it” to those in charge of road safety in countries and communities during the Week. 

Hundreds of international and national organisations participated actively at the campaigns for the road safety of children, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) which issued the ten strategies for keeping children safe on the road  , the European Commission video, the International Transport Forum and the NTUA  .

May 5th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

UN Special Envoy on Road Safety 2015

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed FIA President Jean Todt as his Special Envoy for Road Safety at a meeting held today in Paris. In this capacity, he will assist the UN Secretary General in mobilizing sustained political commitment towards road safety. Mr. Todt will also advocate and raise awareness about the United Nations road safety legal instruments, and share established road safety good practices, through his participation in global and regional activities on road safety. 

May 5th, 2015|Categories: News|

NTUA Civil Engineering School ranked 29th worldwide 2015

The Civil Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens was ranked this year 29th among all Civil Engineering Schools worldwide and 8th in Europe. This ranking is produced by the QS Organisation based on the following criteria: Research, Teaching, Employability, Facilities, Internationalization, Innovation, Engagement and Access. NTUA road safety activities have contributed to this ranking. 

Professor Demetris Koutsoyiannis, Dean of the Civil Engineering School said that this great improvement is the result of the systematic and collective efforts of all Faculty members for academic and research excellence. 

April 30th, 2015|Categories: News|

University of Cyprus – Round Table discussion on the young drivers’ safety 2015

A Round Table discussion dedicated to the young drivers’ safety organised by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Laboratory of Transportation Engineering) of the University of Cyprus, will take place inNicosia, on 29 April 2015. The event is taking place right before the summer period begins, to promote road safety behavior of the public (especially young drivers) and Cyprus’s visitors for vacation and recreation.  ppt5

April 24th, 2015|Categories: News|

European Commission online tool for all driving licenses models in the EU 2015

The European Commission has launched a new online search tool that displays most valid driving licence models issued in the European Economic Area (Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland) countries. The tool showspictures of the licence and other information such as explanation of national categories, national codes and administrative validity of the document and will be particular useful for national authorities working on road side checks or dealing with the administrative exchange of driving licences. 

March 30th, 2015|Categories: News|

Hellenic Institute of Transport – Safe School Transport Workshop 2015

A workshop on ‘Safe School Transport: New technologies pave the way for optimizing the organization and upgrading the safety of school transport system’, organised by the Hellenic Institute of Transport of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) took place in Thessaloniki, on March 27th, 2015. The event was organised under the framework of the project ‘Integrated System for the Safe Transport of Students‘ – i-student trip. 

March 27th, 2015|Categories: News|

IOAS/HITE Road Safety Week 2015

The 8th Road Safety Week organised by the Road Safety Institute ‘Panos Mylonas’ and the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers on 16-23 March 2015, under the framework of UN activities for Road Safety 2015, with focus to children traffic safety. Most of the activities of this year’s road safety day took place in Athens and in Patras and were devoted to children with the interactive traffic education program ‘On the Road to Safety’. 

March 24th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

EuroRAP – How Safe Are You On Europe’s Trade Routes? 2015

Benefit results of road improvement programmes are now available fromEuroRAP. In terms of crash costs alone, more than 2% of European GDP is lost annually. The expected Benefit-Cost ratio is 5 for applying EuroRAP recommendations across the TEN-T, as highlighted in a recent EuroRAP infographic. pdf5

March 22nd, 2015|Categories: News|

Akis Theofilatos obtained the NTUA Thomaidion Award 2015

Athanasios Theofilatos, NTUA PhD Candidate and Researcher at the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, obtained theNTUA Thomaidion Αward 2013 for the publication of the paper titled “Pedestrian Gap Acceptance for Mid-Block Street Crossing, co-authored by Prof. George Yannis and Dr. Eleonora Papadimitriou in the Journal of Transportation Planning and Technology.  doi

March 10th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

IJT – Special Issue on Road Safety in Europe 2015

The International Journal of Transportation, published online by the Science and Engineering Researh Support Society (SERSC) has just announced a call for papers for the Special Issue on Road Safety in Europe, with Guest Editors NTUA Professors George Yannis and Constantinos Antoniou. This Journal provides a chance for academic and industry professionals to discuss recent progress in the area of Transportation. The merit of this journal is to expedite the review process in order to deliver emerging issues timely. The deadline for paper subbmission is end of April 2015. pdf5

March 6th, 2015|Categories: News|

EP – Cross-border enforcement of traffic rules possible in EU 2015

On Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 the European Parliament plenary overwhelmingly adopted Spanish MEP’s Ayala Sender’s report on cross-border exchange of information on road safety related traffic offences, based on the European Commissions’ updated rules to tackle traffic offences committed abroad. These rules will allow Member States to exchange information in order to identify EU drivers who commit traffic offences abroad, including the four “big killers” that cause 75% of road fatalities: speeding, running traffic lights, failure to use seatbelts and drunk driving. These rules will apply to all EU Member States. 

February 12th, 2015|Categories: News|

Attiki Odos awarded European Excellence in Road Safety 2015

Attikes Diadromes, the Operator of “Attiki Odos” Athens Ring Road Motorway, was among the five organisations to receive the 2015 Excellence in Road Safety Award from Violeta Bulc, the EU’s Commissioner for Transport, at a ceremony in Brussels. This Award, also known as the Charter Award recognises the most innovative practices carried out in the framework of the European Road Safety Charter. The objective of such an award is to recognise the hard work of organisations that engage in road safety, and to inspire others to do so as well. The winners were selected from some 2.200 signatories of the Road Safety Charter following an evaluation made by the European Commission. 

February 9th, 2015|Categories: News|

UN Third Global Road Safety Week 2015

The UN Road Safety Collaboration is organising the global campaign for the Third UN Global Road Safety Week, 4-10 May 2015, on the theme children and road safety: #SaveKidsLives. The campaign seeks to highlight the plight of children on the world’s roads, generate action to better ensure their safety and promote the inclusion of safe and sustainable transport in the post-2015 development agenda. The centrepiece of the #SaveKidsLives campaign, which was launched in November 2014, is a child declaration, developed with input from children around the world. The campaign invites all road safety policy-makers and advocates to “sign it”, “show it”, and “deliver it” to those in charge of road safety in countries and communities during the Week. 

January 6th, 2015|Categories: News|

NTUA best wishes for a joyful and safe 2015

We heartily wish you very joyful Christmas holidays and a very happy and fruitful new year 2015, plenty of personal and professional achievements. Let’s dream, let’s hope and let’s work systematically for a more bright 2015, getting closer to the road casualties zero vision in Europe.

December 31st, 2014|Categories: News|

Greek motorways campaign for safe work zones 2014

A joint campaign is organised by the Greek Moorways ‘Attiki Odos‘, ‘Aegean Motorways‘, ‘Gefyra‘, ‘Egnatia Odos‘, ‘Kentriki Odos‘, ‘Moreas‘, ‘Nea Odos‘ and ‘Olympia Odosto raise road safety awareness at work zones. As part of the campaign a brochure is distributed by all the country’s traffic tolls, that invites drivers in mutual commitment to respect human life and thus the safety of all those working on the road. pdf5

December 20th, 2014|Categories: News|

Together for Safer Roads – Private Sector Global Coalition 2014

Ten leading global companies have come together to create Together for Safer Roads (TSR)  – an innovative private sector coalition focusing on improving road safety and reducing deaths and injuries by road traffic collisions. The vision of Together for Safer Roads is a world where roads are safe for all people. Members will use their combined knowledge, data, technology and networks to promote safer roads, vehicles and systems; safer road users; and advocacy and thought leadership.

TSR members will also focus on scaling industry best practices that draw on cross-industry expertise. An Expert Panel, drawn from Academia, NGOs, Governments and International Organizations, with the active participation of NTUA Professor George Yannis, advises the Coalition on its focus areas and activities. video
November 18th, 2014|Categories: News|

PROS – European Road Safety Research Roadmap 2014

A comprehensive European road safety research roadmap has been prepared within the framework of the EC co-funded support action PROS – Priorities for Road Safety Research in Europe. About 120 experts from more than 40 stakeholder organisations – with the active participation of NTUA – have contributed to the development of this roadmap within the two years of running time of the PROS support action. This Report contains a complete research topics list with their priorities together with a long-term road safety research roadmap. This roadmap is expected to be exploited by the European Commission, National Administrations, the Industry and the European Research Community in order to guide road safety research activities within the coming years. pdf5

November 16th, 2014|Categories: News|

WHO – World Day of Remembrance 2014

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families and many others also affected, as well as reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster. The Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was first established in 1995 on the initiative of the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims. Since 2005 the World Day of Remembrance is endorsed by the United Nations and recognised and honoured on all continents.  
  In the last years, several special events are organised all over Greece by road safety NGOs (RSI-Mylonas, Efthita-Rhodes, SOS Road Crimes) in order to commemorate the World Day of Remembrance. On the occasion of the 2014 WDR, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Transportation and Networks,Michalis Papadopoulos highlighted that it is high priority for the Governement, the design and implementation of a set of measures for wide sensibilisation of citizens in changing driving behaviour and realizing that road safety is a high personal responibility issue for all. 
November 16th, 2014|Categories: News|

IRTAD – Celebrating 25 years of road safety data – 2014

The International Transport Forum celebrated the 25th anniversary of IRTAD. For 25 years, IRTAD has worked to improve traffic safety data and support evidence based decision making to enable more effective road safety strategies and save lives. Founded with 12 member countries as a database, IRTAD also soon brought together road safety experts and statisticians from research institutes, national administrations, international organisations, universities, automobile associations and car manufacturers. Today, IRTAD has 70 members from 35 countries. 

November 7th, 2014|Categories: News|

Ministry of Transport – My friend the Βicycleman – 2014

A book titled ‘My friend the Βicycleman‘ has recently been published by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks as a tool to improve children’s education on road safety and prepare the future drivers. The book aims to help children understand and apply the basic rules of safe and responsible driving during riding their bike in a simple and fun way. pdf5

October 19th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

ITF – Towards Zero Road Deaths 2014

Reducing road fatalities and serious injuries by helping governments to implement a “safe system” approach in road safety is the objective of a new ITF Working Group launched on October 1st, 2014 in Paris. The “Working Group on the Implementation of a Safe System Approach” will develop actionable policy guidance for countries who aim to improve their road safety performance and in the long run eliminate road traffic as a cause of death or serious injuries. The group’s work programme will build on a previous ITF report, “Towards Zero: Ambitious Road Safety Targets and the Safe Systems Approach“, published in 2008. The working group comprises 28 road safety experts from 23 countries (including Prof. George Yannis from Greece), the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), the Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) and the FIA Foundation. 

October 10th, 2014|Categories: News|

NTUA – Announcement for PhD positions 2014

The Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens invites PhD candidates in the field of road safety. Announcement in Greek pdf5 and in English pdf5.
These PhDs will be financed by European research projects with indicative subjects:
1. Integrated multi-level analysis of international road safety data
2. Advanced analysis of road infrastructure safety interventions effectiveness
3. Exploitation of big data to correlate driver behavior with traffic risk
The deadline for application is 30th October 2014.  
October 6th, 2014|Categories: News|

Workshop on Road Safety and Road Accidents – Kalamata 2014

A Workshop titled “Road Safety – Road Accidents” organized by the Police Department of Kalamata took place on September 17th, at the Cultural Center of Kalamata, within the framework of the European Mobility Week (16-22 September 2014). This event aimed to increase road safety awareness of the local communities given that road accident causes are known and can be prevented. More than 150 people attended the Workshop including local and regional representatives, police officials and other road safety stakeholders.

Panagiotis Papantoniou, NTUA research engineer and PhD Candidate presented key policies and specific measures to reduce road accidents at the Messinia Region.  ppt5

September 18th, 2014|Categories: News|

IOAS Campaign – Enjoy visiting Greece. Stay Safe on the road! 2014

A campaign on Road Safety for Greek and foreign drivers travelling in Greece is organised by the Road Safety Institute ‘Panos Mylonas’ and the Representation of the European Commission in Greece. The campaign consists of a leaflet – in Greek and English – with road safety tips for motorists, aiming to raise drivers’ awareness, especially during summertime. Moreover, a poster, tv and radio spots were created to highlight the right use of belt, helmet and mobile phone while driving as well as responsible drinking and speed limits.

July 29th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

Professor George Kanellaidis awarded by the President of the Republic

NTUA Emeritus Professor George Kanellaidis has been recently awarded by the President of the Hellenic Republic, the Golden Cross of the Order of Merit for his contribution to the Strategic Plan for Road Safety in Greece. 

Emeritus Professor George Kanellaidis has been involved in all areas of highways engineering and road safety for more than 40 years through numerous research projects, engineering studies in Greece and abroad and he is the author of a great number of published scientific papers, cited widely worldwide. Road safety strategic planning in Greece has been one of his key scientific areas over the last decades.

July 25th, 2014|Categories: News|

ETSC – Competition for best practice in work-related road safety 2014

As part of the PRAISE project, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) presents annual awards in recognition of organisations that have made an outstanding commitment to improving work-related road safety. The competition aims to spur on employers throughout the EU to tackle road safety at work and it is divided into three separate categories according to the size and type of the applicant organisations: SME (Small-Medium Enterprise), Large Company and Public Authority. The winners will be chosen by an independent panel of experts appointed by ETSC. Theapplication deadline is early September and the ‘PRAISE Award’ will be presented on the 13th of October 2014 at the PRAISE Annual Conference

July 21st, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

Professor John Golias is the new Rector of NTUA 2014

Professor John Golias was recently elected as the new Rector of the National Technical University of Athens, heading nine Engineering Schools, more than 500 faculty members, 12.000 students and 4.000 researchers. It is the first time that a Transportation Engineer is elected as NTUA Rector.

Professor John Golias is the Director of Traffic Engineering Laboratory of NTUA and Dean of the School of Civil Engineering. He has been involved in all areas of transportation planning and engineering sector for more than 35 years through numerous research projects, engineering studies and committees in Greece and abroad and he is the author of a great number of published scientific papers, cited widely worldwide. He served also as Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and Chairman of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers. Road accident analysis and road safety policy are among his key scientific areas. pdf5

July 11th, 2014|Categories: News|

European Commission – Smartphone app for EU road traffic rules 2014

The new smartphone application ‘Going Abroad’ is now available after an initiative of the European Commission. This app provides information on EU road traffic rules and is available for iPhone and iPad, Google Android and Microsoft Windows phones in 22 languages. Apart from all important road safety information for all EU countries, the app also contains a road safety quiz and a memory game to entertain passengers during long car journeys. Of course the app should never be checked while driving; drivers should let the passengers do the job or take breaks from driving to stay both rested and well-informed. 

June 26th, 2014|Categories: News|

Professor Matthew Karlaftis 1969-2014

NTUA Professor Matthew Karlaftis passed away on 4 June 2014. NTUA and the global scientific community lost an eminent scientist and a bright personality, with significant contribution to transportation planning and engineering in Greece and worldwide. Prof. M.Karlaftis contributed and guided several research projects and engineering studies and published numerous papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings, cited intensively worldwide. Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part C and Board Member of several other Journals, he received several scientific awards. He served also as Chairman of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers. Transportation statistical modeling was his passion, with great contributions on road accident analysis.

Prof. M.Karlaftis will always be the bright example for the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens.

June 11th, 2014|Categories: News|

Greek Road Safety Inter-Ministry Committee 2014

According to the Prime Minister Decision nr. 1245/15-5-2014, the Greek Road Safety Inter-Ministry Committee is re-established.  Under the new structure, the Inter-Ministry Committee is chaired by the Prime Minister, assisted by a Support Committee chaired by the Deputy Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks and the respective Secretariat.  pdf5

In parallel, the new National Road Safety Council has also been re-established, comprising representatives from all decision makers and stakeholders involved, as well as key road safety experts. pdf5

June 4th, 2014|Categories: News|

European Commission Road Safety videos 2014

A new link is now available in the European Commission Road safety webpage, containing road safety actions’ videos from all over Europe. The purpose of this link is to inform the users and the stakeholders on actions that take place in Europe concerning road safety and to encourage them for further actions promoting road safety in Europe. 

May 16th, 2014|Categories: News|

Dacota paper awarded best poster presentation at TRA 2014

A paper based on the results of the DaCoTA research project has been awarded the best poster of scientific paper award of the Transport Research Arena Conference.  This paper was presented by NTUA Associate Professor George Yannis and concerned the “Development of the European Road Safety Knowledge System“, published at the Proceedings of the Transport Research Arena Conference, Paris, April 2014. The objective of this paper was the presentation of the integrated and comprehensive European Road Safety Knowledge System, which was developed within the DaCoTA research project of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. pdf5ppt5

April 23rd, 2014|Categories: News|

European Commission for safer roads in Europe 2010-2014

The strategic target of the European Commission is to halve road deaths between 2010 and 2020 and also to start focusing EU efforts on reducing serious road traffic injuries. Between 2001 and 2010, the number of fatalities on EU roads was reduced by a total of 43%. However, to achieve the goal, determined and joined-up action is needed from many actors at EU, national and local level. 

At EU level, actions in recent years include the following 10 highlights:

April 8th, 2014|Categories: News|

European Parliament – New rules for technical testing of vehicles 2014

The European Parliament adopted with a clear majority the roadworthiness package, a set of measures to toughen up vehicle checks and to widen their scope. The three directives that constitute the roadworthiness package concern periodic roadworthiness tests, technical roadside inspections for commercial vehicles and vehicle registration documents. The new directives replace existing EU rules setting minimum standards for vehicle checks that date back to 1977, with only minor updates. These new rules aim to avoid more than 36,000 accidents a year linked to technical failure. 

March 21st, 2014|Categories: News|

IOAS – Courtesy on the road campaign – 2014

The Road Safety Institute (R.S.I.) “Panos Mylonas” and the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (H.I.T.E.) co-organize for the seventh consecutive year the Panhellenic Nationwide Road Safety Week with many activities throughout the country. This year the events will take place under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks. Several activities will take place, including the :
– European Day of Courtesy on the Road (March 22nd) campaign on motorways and on the radio. 
– Debate co-organised with the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) on Road Safety Performance Index, titled “Greece’s Road Safety in a European context” (March 19th) 
March 17th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

NTUA Civil Engineering School ranked 28th worldwide 2014

The Civil Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens was ranked 28th among all Civil Engineering Schools worldwide and 7th in Europe. This ranking is produced by the QS Organisation based on the following criteria: Research, Teaching, Employability, Facilities, Internationalization, Innovation, Engagement and Access.  NTUA road safety activities have contributed to this ranking. 

 

March 11th, 2014|Categories: News|

RIDERSCAN’s new survey on Intelligent Transport Systems and Motorcycling Safety 2014

The RIDERSCAN project is a EU co-funded project, coordinated by the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA), aiming to gather existing information on motorcycle safety in Europe, to identify needs for action and to create a crossborder knowledge-based network.  NTUA contributes to the various actions of the RIDERSCAN project as an activity partner.

RIDERSCAN launched the 3rd and last survey targeting European motorcyclists. With the objective to draw a European map of rider awareness and acceptance of new technologies applied to the transport systems, the survey is asking riders to evaluate willingness to test, use, and buy systems, which are, for a wide majority of them, far from being introduced in the market. Motorcycle riders and stakeholders are invited to fill in this on-line survey, (in less than 15 minutes), available in several European languages: English  and Greek .

 

February 10th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Ministry of Transport – Child and Road Safety Event – Athens 2014

An event on “Child and Road Safety” is organised by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks under the Greek Presidency, which will take place on 5 March 2014, in Athens, at the Ministry Auditorium, on the occasion of the official release of children’s road safety educational book ‘My friend the bike’ and children’s song ‘Mind-Warning’. pdf5

 

February 10th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

WHO Road Safety Campaigns tool 2014

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a new tool to support development of strong road safety campaigns. This new resource for Governments and civil society organizations, is a part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme. The library, which contains some of the world’s most impactful road safety video and audio campaigns, is intended as inspiration for those planning to produce their own campaigns by offering a range of creative ideas and concepts. The library is searchable by topic (drinking and driving, motorcycle helmets, and seat-belts, language, etc) or WHO region (currently includes around 60 campaigns). 

February 3rd, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

NTUA awarded the TRB annual outstanding paper on safety data analysis 2013

NTUA Assistant Professor Constantinos Antoniou and Associate Professor George Yannis have been awarded with the annual outstanding paper award of the Transportation Research Board Committee ANB20 (Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation) 2013. The paper awarded concerned the “Assessment of exposure proxies for macroscopic road safety prediction“, published at the Proceedings of the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, January 2013. The objective of this research was to investigate alternative proxy variables (vehicle fleet, GDP, fuel consumption) in macroscopic structural road safety time-series modelling. 

January 14th, 2014|Categories: News|

IOAS – Road Safety Info-Centre in Athens 2013

The Road Safety Institute (R.S.I.) “Panos Mylonas” created a pleasant area in the city center of Athens (Stoa Bibliou, 5 Pesmazoglou Str.), in order to better inform citizens on road safety issues. The Road Safety Information Center (R.S.IC.) was established thanks to the support of Philekpaideutiki Etaireia (Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning) and the Safer Roads Foundation, while the referral Centers for Road Safety (NEST’s) have been developed through the EU funded AVENUE project. 

December 12th, 2013|Categories: News|

The European Road Safety Observatory Wins the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2013

The European Road Safety Observatory (ERSO) of the European Commission as developed by the EC co-funded research projectsSafetyNet and Dacota has been awarded the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2013 as recognition for its contribution to making widely available for the first time in Europe a wealth of road safety data and knowledge to support evidence based decision making. Since its opening in 2006, ERSO has attracted millions of visitors seeking the most recent and appropriate data and knowledge covering a wide range of road safety contemporary issues.

NTUA participated actively at all phases of the development of the European Road Safety Observatory. 

December 10th, 2013|Categories: News|

Road Safety Month in Crete 2013

The Road Safety Month in Crete with message “I ‘m careful and I get winner on the road” took place in Crete from 8 to 18 November 2013 and was organised by the four Chambers of Crete together with the Region of Crete, the Municipalities of Herakleon, Chania, Rethimno and Agios Nikolaos, and the participation of the Hellenic Transport Chambers Association and the Road Safety Institute Panos Mylonas. These events were aiming to increase road safety awareness of local communities, given that road accident causes are known and can be prevented. Several activities took place with a large participation of the Crete communities.

NTUA contributed with specialised presentations from the ROSEE project on key road safety issues in the four Workshops organised in Herakleon, Agios Nikolaos, Rethimno and Chania. More specifically, NTUA presentation concerned:

ppt5Road safety of vulnerable road users

ppt5Road safety enforcement
ppt5Speed Management
November 18th, 2013|Categories: News|

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2013

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed on the third Sunday of November each year (this year on 17 November 2013) by an increasing number of countries on every continent around the world. This day adopted by the UN in 2005, is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities, as well as to pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who daily deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury.

In Greece this year, Efthita Rhodes and SOS Traffic Crimes, members of FEVR (European Federation of Road Traffic Victims) and the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, organised a series of events to commemorate this day, including the promotion of the special video translated in several languages.   video

November 17th, 2013|Categories: News|

New edition of Road Safety Charter 2013

The European Road Safety Charter is a participatory road safety platform of businesses, associations, research institutions and public authorities. Signatories perform actions and share good practice in order to solve road safety problems that they encounter in their everyday environments and cut road deaths. The new Charter should maintain civil society’s commitment and ensure pan-European coverage, while addressing vulnerable road users such as children and young people. The new edition aims to simplify the commitment process and operates based on a membership concept under the slogan ‘Together we are road safety’. 

November 8th, 2013|Categories: News|

EU Cross-Border Enforcement Directive 2013

The Cross-Border Enforcement Directive (2011/82/EU) of the European Commission, is now in force since November 7th, 2013. This Directive enables that EU drivers are identified and thus prosecuted for offences committed in a Member State other than the one where their vehicle is registered. EU Member States will exchange information on drivers who commit traffic offences abroad, including the four “big killers” that cause 75% of road fatalities – speeding, running traffic lights, failure to use seatbelts and drink driving. This information exchange will ensure that foreign offenders can be pursued and punished across borders. The Directive targets traffic offences with a critical impact on road safety, namely:
– Speeding or failing to stop at traffic lights,
– Driving under the influence alcohol or drugs,
– Failing to wear a seatbelt or a safety helmet (for motorcyclists),
– Illegal use of mobile phone while driving or of an emergency lane. pdf5
November 7th, 2013|Categories: News|