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4 Jun 2009
Club ÖAMTC (Austrian Automobile, Motorbike & Touring Club)
Austria | Association
The ÖAMTC is a non-profit organisation. With more than 1,6 million members it is one of the largest Automobi le-Clubs worldwide. It is a Independent Service Organisation with more than 2.500 employees which provides 9 Driving Safety Centers, 24 Rescue Helicopters and more than 500 Emergency Vehicles in Austria. The ÖAMTC is a founding member of FIA.
Taking the initiative in the implementation of measures that go beyond current legal requirements, specifically:
a) Extending the programme for promoting the safe behaviour of all road users
ÖAMTC road safety programmes reach 12.5% of all Austrian children. The organisation's aim is to increase this percentage.
The number of participants in the practical training of all novice drivers and improved moped training is to be increased.
Ongoing training (safe driving training including special programmes, advanced training courses on issues such as child safety and secure loads, advanced training for professional drivers) will continue and courses will be improved.
The programme "Mobil sein - Mobil bleiben" (Being mobile - staying mobile) with a target age group of 55+ will be extended throughout Austria and will be further developed.
In addition, all ÖAMTC employees and their relatives will be offered free or reduced-rate driving safety courses. New employees are obliged to carry out driving safety training.
b) We will continue developing tests for improving vehicle-related road safety and passenger protection in particular. Car and crash tests serve to improve vehicle construction and safety features. Further developments are underway in child restraint system tests. The ÖAMTC regularly tests a variety of tyre types with the aim of optimising the quality of these. Information on this topic will be made available.
c) We will continue with the research in the field of traffic engineering in support of measures to improve infrastructure-related road safety .The ÖAMTC carries out continuous traffic engineering studies and tests and submits proposals for improvement (testing of the main road network for safety problems; operating checks for increased tunnel safety; participation in programmes aimed at decreasing safety problems in town planning; safety checks on building sites and at accident black spots).
d) Awareness-raising activities and implementation of safety initiatives within lobby groups and public relations work
The ÖAMTC undertakes to carry out more effective public relations campaigns on subjects relevant to road safety.
Road safety elements should be considered in relevant articles in the club magazine.
At ÄKVÖ (Medical Drivers Union) events (an ÖAMTC-affiliated association focusing on traffic medicine) subjects concerning road safety and traffic medicine will be discussed twice yearly.
e) Development and implementation of measures aimed at reducing accident rates through the ÖAMTC air emergency service Improved provisions for seriously injured patients. The aim is to achieve closer collaboration with rescue and ambulance services. Cooperation with other European air emergency services and a transfer of know-how to the new EU Member States should be strengthened.
f) Construction of a new accident database
A database that has access to general accident data and the data of the ÖAMTC air emergency service will enable more in-depth analysis of traffic accidents. The aims of this are improvements in all relevant areas of road safety.
g) Transparent information for vehicle drivers concerning vehicle recall actions that affect their vehicle
The ÖAMTC provides information on recall campaigns for vehicles or vehicle accessories with defects that have safety implications, and is involved in campaigning for the legal obligation of importers and consumer protection organisations to provide information on recall campaigns.