At a length of 11.6 km, the Monte Bianco tunnel is one of the most important elements on the Trans-Alpine motorway linking Italy and France.
GEIE-TMB (Gruppo Europeo di Interesse Economico TMB) employs 276 workers to maintain, manage and ensure traffic safety in the tunnel 24 hours a day.
We will increase the number of visitors to the Monte Bianco tunnel over the next three years.
We shall particularly concentrate our efforts on secondary schools and colleges so as to involve young people in the process of taking their driving license.
In cooperation with driving schools in the Courmayeur and Chamonix areas (5 driving schools), we will teach the young people the fundamental rules for driving in tunnels (safety manoeuvres, speed limits, distance between cars).
Over the three-year period our road safety campaign will last, we will organise around 30 training visits, inviting some 20 schools to take part, involving around 400 young people aged 17 to 19, as well as around 30 teachers. The young people will receive training and instruction from a specialist on our staff. Each lesson will last around two hours.
At the end of each visit, we will interview the young people to check their understanding of how to drive in the tunnel. Back at school, the teacher may then encourage the pupils to produce projects or presentations based on what they have learned. As this depends on the teacher, the number of projects that will be prepared is unknown.
We will provide each pupil and teacher with a brochure illustrating the visit to the gallery and explaining the safety and driving rules that should be followed when driving through road tunnels.