Start third generation Policy Research Centre for Traffic Safety

1 February 2012

 

In 2011 the Flemish government approved the third generation of Policy Research Centres. “For the third time in a row, the Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) will coördinate the Policy Research Centre for Traffic Safety. This is a clear acknowledgment of IMOB’s expertise in traffic safety”, quoating promotor-coordinator Stijn Daniels. The new Policy Research Centre for Traffic Safety 2012-2015 is a collaboration between UHasselt, the KU Leuven and the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO).

 

Five work packages

The research programme is organised in five content work packages. The first work package focuses on collecting, analysing and disseminating traffic safety data and indicators. In the second work package registered data are analysed. Besides the study of accident and exposure data, characteristics of road infrastructure and spatial elements are also analysed. Human behaviour, in relation to the vehicle and the environment, is central in the third work package. In work package four the IMOB driving simulator is used to carry out research into technological and educational strategies that can intrinsically motivate drivers to drive safely. The fifth work package concentrates on the selection and evaluation of traffic safety measures.

 

The Policy Research Centre Programme was launched in 2001 to provide a scientific basis for policy, which was needed by the Flemish government of that time in its eagerness to quickly anticipate social developments and challenges and take proactive measures.

 

The Policy Research Centre Programme is a reformation of the earlier Programme Policy oriented Research, which proceeded on a project basis. The emphasis in the policy research centres is laid more on structural funding.

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Mission

The Policy Research Centre for Traffic Safety carries out policy relevant scientific research under the authority of the Flemish Government. The Centre is the result of a

cooperation between Hasselt University, KU Leuven and VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research.

Partners

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