Building the European Road Safety Observatory. SafetyNet. Deliverable D4.4 Workshop report
2009-03-25T13:57:34Z (GMT) by
SafetyNet Work Package 4 (WP4) organised a workshop in Brussels March, 27th 2007. The aim of this workshop was to consult a variety of road safety stakeholders on the appropriateness and necessity of WP4 Draft Recommendations (SafetyNet 2006b), applicable to and aiming to assure the independence and transparency of road accident investigations and the subsequent investigation data. The workshop was attended by 60 persons including WP4 partners. 47 attendees were not involved in WP4 and out of these 40 filled the workshop questionnaire. The workshop attendees and questionnaire respondents represented 15 different EU Member States and three other nationalities. In terms of professional background, researchers and safety investigators were best represented, but people from policy making, manufacturing and insurance industries and judiciary sector were also present. The workshop was divided into five sessions. The first introduced the SafetyNet project, WP4 and the work performed during the first three years of the project. Each of the four following sessions presented one cluster of the WP4 Draft Recommendations. External speakers were also invited to present their views on accident investigation. Each session was concluded by a general discussion and an invitation to fill in the relevant parts of the questionnaire. The external presentations, discussions, questionnaire responses and all other comments were constructive. The workshop allowed a large amount of good quality feedback to be gathered. Some of the feedback confirmed what had already been discovered in the six month consultation period that followed the submission of WP4 Deliverable D4.3 Draft Recommendations. Other feedback, from sectors less familiar to WP4 partners, was new. In any case, all feedback will be useful in preparing the finalised WP4 Recommendations for transparent and independent accident investigation. While the majority of our Draft Recommendations were judged appropriate and necessary by at least 65% of the respondents (26 questionnaire respondents out of 40), three individual recommendations consistently received a lower approval rate varying from 58% to 63% (23 to 25 respondents). In some cases the formulation of an individual draft recommendation was unclear, leaving too much room for interpretation. In these cases WP4 must reformulate the recommendation and then seek the opinion of stakeholders. In other cases, individual recommendations were judged appropriate and necessary for the investigation of certain types of accidents and not appropriate or necessary for the investigation of certain other types of accidents. In these cases WP4 must clearly state the type of accident and the type of accident investigation, an individual recommendation applies to. Finally, the most widely approved Draft Recommendations will certainly be included among the finalised recommendations, while the most problematic Draft Recommendations might simply not be included. In any case, the feedback gathered during the consultation period, at the workshop and the further feedback that will be gathered between June 2007 and April 2008, will help to considerably enhance the WP4 Recommendations.