1. CURRENT SITUATION
Road safety strategies traditionally focus on reducing fatalities. Injuries, however, are overlooked and have become a major health problem. In 2010, about 1 500 000 people were injured on the roads of the European Union, at huge economic and human cost to society.
Reducing the number and the severity of road traffic injuries is one of the strategic objectives outlined in the Policy Orientation on Road Safety 2011-2020 and a priority for EU action. Accordingly, the Commission is developing a comprehensive strategy of action concerning road traffic injuries and emergency services, with the help of all relevant actors. Initially, it will seek to find a common understanding of definitions and concepts relating to casualties (in particular, the definition of serious and slight injuries), improve data collection and identify courses of action to improve prevention and intervention, including their socio-economic impact.
Based on feedback from the first stage of the proposed strategy, specific or tailor-made actions might be identified with a view to increasing the accuracy of existing databases on road injuries.
2. SCOPE OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE
The present questionnaire will provide input for the drafting of a strategy to reduce the severity of injuries caused by road traffic accidents. The questionnaire addresses general issue related to road safety and more specific issues on how to improve the data available on victims of accidents and their collection at EU level, and on how to target some specific groups of road users.
The European Commission will take stock of all the relevant information on this subject with a view to to develop the comprehensive strategy on road traffic injuries.
3. HOW TO REPLY TO THIS CONSULTATION
Stakeholders may reply to this consultation via the Commission’s online interactive policy-making tool or by submitting their replies either by e-mail or by post to the addresses indicated below. All questions are of multiple-choice type with an optional possibility for comments. Responses submitted by any of these means will be taken into consideration but stakeholders are encouraged to fill in the questionnaire online as it will facilitate processing of the replies. Contributions are welcome from citizens, organisations and public authorities.
You are strongly advised to prepare your contribution in advance before filling in the questionnaire online. We recommend that you download the PDF file of the questionnaire, to allow you to draft your answers to the open text questions carefully. After preparing all your answers, please open the online questionnaire and fill it in.
Please note that the online version of the questionnaire will go live the 17 April 2012. Respondents will be able to access it through the European Commission’s Interactive Policy Making website at:
Respondents can send an electronic copy of their replies to the following e-mail address:
Respondents can also send a paper copy of their replies to the following postal address:
Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport
Unit C4 – Road Safety
Rue de Mot 24
B – 1049 Brussels
The contributions received from stakeholders will be published on the Commission’s website, unless requested otherwise by their authors. A consent box is provided at the end of the questionnaire.
4. CONSULTATION PERIOD
The consultation period lasts 10 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 22 June 2012 at the very latest. However, stakeholders are warmly invited to submit their contribution already by early June 2012.
5. IMPORTANT NOTICE
Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representing the view of the Commission. It does not prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.
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