Institute for Road Safety Research (various projects)

Programme details

SWOV

Institute for Road Safety Research (various projects)
Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Verkeersveiligheid
Netherlands
 
Programme type: Funding organisation
Origin: National (Netherlands)
Duration: 2007 - Ongoing
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Background & policy context: 

The amount of fatal road accidents dropped from 3300 casualties yearly in the early 1970s to less than 800 nowdays. Still, it remains a major object of concern to the Dutch government. SWOV conducts scientific research in order to contribute to road safety by means of scientific research and dissemination of results. These results may also help and facilitate outlining a traffic safety policy by the government. It is an institute financed by the Ministry of Transport and has a permanent status. Its activities were organised in four-year programmes, but were reduced to one-year programmes in recent years.

Strategic Objectives: 

SWOV is an interdisciplinary and independent scientific institute that is responsible for research on road safety and by doing so enhancing traffic safety. The results are mainly aimed at professional users of this knowledge. One of the main tasks is therefore, the dissemination of the knowledge to them. The research is conducted on a scientific basis and focuses on long-term, generic (that is for example, not based on one single actor) research.

The main subjects of the 2007-2010 programme were:

  • Road and traffic
  • Human Behaviour
  • Assessments and outlooks
  • Road safety analyses
  • International activities
  • Research on regional issues
  • Advisory research
  • PhD research
  • Factsheets and knowledge base
  • Knowledge dissemination

The main subjects of the 2011 programme were:

  • Knowledge management and research support
  • Communication and knowledge dissemination
  • Assessments and outlooks
  • Road safety observatory
  • Decentralized policy, enforcement and education
  • Safer roads
  • Safer vehicles
  • Road users in their environment
  • Research for a 'plan of attack for bicycle safety'
  • Responding to current matters

The main subjects of the 2012 programme were:

  • Knowledge management and research support
  • Communication and knowledge dissemination
  • Assessments and outlooks
  • Road safety observatory
  • Decentralized policy, enforcement and education
  • Safer roads
  • Safer vehicles
  • Road users in their environment
  • Sustainable Safety 2012: innovation and specific policy issues
  • Research for a 'plan of attack for bicycle safety'
  • Responding to current matters

The main subjects of the 2014 programme were:

  • Analysis and Developments
    ‘Finding out why developments occur’
  • Decentralized policy
    ‘A key role for regional and local partners’
  • Sustainable Safety
    ‘Create a system in which it just cannot go wrong’
  • Bicycle safety
    ‘We are a bicycle country, but there is so much we don’t yet know about bicycle crashes’
  • Infrastructure
    ‘Recognizable, predictable ánd safe for everyone!’
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Programme organisation: 

A Programme Advisory Board advises the SWOV on its complete research theme and knowledge distribution programmes. The members of this group also validate the results of the programme. The Advisory Board consists of representatives of the national, provincial and local governments as well as interest and pressure groups. The Ministry of Transport is then responsible for approving the research programme. The scientific integrity and quality is guaranteed by the Scientific Advisory Board in which several representatives of the scientific world are present.

Leading Institutions:

Research agency

Type of funding: 
Public (national/regional/local)
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 

The programme is mostly financed by the Dutch Ministry of Transport. Moreover, a smaller part of the subsidy is contributed by the European Union and ICES-KIS3.

Participating countries: 
The Netherlands
Total number of projects: 

N/A

Projects covered: 

The SWOV programme 2007-2010 contains 10 sub-programmes, each consisting of several research projects. The 10 sub-programmes are:

Roads and traffic
The Roads and Traffic programme focuses on layout, function, and use of roads and their crash rates.
Which layout leads to which behaviour and at which safety level? And how can we ensure that, in practice, the layout is of an optimal quality? With this knowledge, road designers, road authorities, and network planners can make well-considered choices for new roads or changes in existing roads and road networks.

Human Behaviour
The goal of the Human Behaviour programme is to increase our knowledge and insight in various aspects of human behaviour in traffic and the underlying factors. This provides a basis for taking measures to make road traffic safer. The work includes research on risk behaviour, e.g. speeding and drink driving and on risk groups, e.g. young drivers, the elderly.

Assessments and Outlooks
The Assessment and Outlooks programme is aimed at explaining why road safety has developed the way it has. If this is done successfully, we can make well-founded predictions about future developments.

Road Safety Analyses
Valid and detailed data is necessary to make sound analyses of road safety developments, for example as a basis for making assessments and outlooks. Only then can we find explanations for increases and decreases in the numbers of traffic casualties. In the Road Safety Analyses programme we focus on obtaining and processing relevant data in order to get a clear picture of road safety developments and the reasons.

International Activities
SWOV fulfils a large role in various EU projects. This will be continued and, where necessary, extended. Moreover, SWOV carries out research of the possible contribution of vehicle safety measures and ITS measures to the road safety targets as formulated in the Dutch Mobility Policy Document. These measures are to a large extent influenced by international regulations and developments.

Research on Regional Issues
To a large extent, road safety policy is a regional responsibility. Regions are keen to make a contribution to a further decrease in the number of traffic casualties. The Research on Regional Issues programme intends to do research that can help them achieve this. Examples of projects in which SWOV cooperates with regional partners are: Regional Traffic Education,

Project Profiles:
  1. Analysis of the relation between speed, speed distribution, and safety
  2. Cost-benefit analysis of road safety measures
  3. Effects of education and public information
  4. Information use in road safety decision-making
  5. Infrastructure and road safety
  6. Location based mobility performance
  7. Measures for speed control
  8. Novice drivers and the driving course
  9. Optimal investments
  10. Recognisable layout and predictable behaviour
  11. Road Safety Explorer
  12. Route choice in a road network
  13. The influence of spatial planning and policy on road safety
  14. Traffic safety of children
Contact Name: 
Mr. J.C. Tonnon
Contact Email: 
Organisation: 
SWOV
Address: 
Postbus 1090
Zipcode: 
2260 BB
City: 
Leidschendam
Contact country: 
Netherlands
Telephone: 
+31 (0)70 317 33 33
Fax Number: 
+31 (0)70 320 12 61