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  1. TRL decries use of the word “war” in UK discussions on road safety measures

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    Source: TRL, Dr. S. Helman

    In a recent article, TRL notes that UK speed limits are in the news once again, with articles featuring a common narrative. While those implementing the new ‘default 20mph’ policy in Wales have been discussing its safety benefits, parties that oppose it are describing it as a ‘war on the motorist‘.

    TRL believes that when UK politicians use the phrase ‘war on the motorist,’ they may assume they are using a phrase that is commonly used or that it has been revealed in focus groups as doing the best job of appealing to different viewpoints. The advisory organisation doubts that many using this phrase stop to think about its connotations, and gives examples of two ways the phrase is misguided and perhaps can be offensive.

    Firstly, it uses a word – ‘war’ – that is seen as synonymous with violence, with the meaning directed at car drivers who are relatively safe from harm in lower-speed collisions, instead of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users who are more likely to suffer violent injuries. TRL adds that injuries sustained by some vulnerable road users in collisions with vehicles can be similar to injuries sustained by combatants in wars and are often substantial (even at 30mph). They suggest that UK politicians can improve their credibility through language in this context. Instead of talking about a 20mph speed limit as a (figurative) ‘war on the motorist,’ they could discuss a 30mph limit as a (literal) ‘war on the pedestrian’ in terms of the injuries sustained from collisions.

    Secondly, TRL analyses data on deaths in service for the UK armed forces – on the people who fight in wars – and notes that historically ‘land traffic accidents’ are one of the top causes of death, even in years with active conflicts like the war in Afghanistan. When there is a backdrop of active conflict, the use of the word ‘war’ to describe the inconveniences of car drivers driving at 20mph could be seen as inappropriate, as road traffic collisions are a significant source of danger for people employed in real wars to protect national interests.

    TRL notes that if politicians advocate for higher speed limits, it could be seen as advocating for more collisions, and more severe injury outcomes. By using the phrase ‘war on the motorist’ it is suggested they not only offend but also draw attention away from the substantial injuries caused by road traffic collisions. It’s advised that more needs to be done in a wider debate about how language is used in this context by stakeholders.

    TRL states further that the real debate is larger than language. The question of why violence and injury from road traffic is not treated in the same way as violence and injury from other sources needs to be addressed – using a true systems-based approach with known evidence-based interventions. Others have also written on this broad challenge. In 2002 for example a whole issue of the British Medical Journal was devoted to it (editorial here). This paper from 2013 discusses the topic, focusing on societal acceptance of road traffic injury as an inevitable consequence of cars, and how its a necessary narrative for cars to stay dominant in the transport mix. TRL adds that, in 2023 there is now a more even narrative with, for example, emphasis on pedestrian protection being a core part of vehicle safety. In a world where road traffic collisions are killing around 5-6 times more people a year than asbestos-related diseases, a field in which it took decades for clear evidential links to be acted upon, there is clearly still a lot to be done.

    And even if the debate is larger than language, language is still important in the debate. TRL concludes that in British society, injury and death should be seen as avoidable violence, rather than use metaphors that defend a resistance to change. And it is hoped that those who walk and cycle around traffic all the time will see it literally slow down.

  2. TRA Abstract Submissions Deadline Extended to 29th May 2023

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    Source: Transport Research Arena

    The 2024 Transport Research Arena (TRA) is to take place in Dublin from 15th – 18th April, on the theme of Transport Transitions: Advancing Sustainable and Inclusive Mobility.

    The TRA is a major conference and showcases the latest advances in mobility across Europe and elsewhere. It includes technical and demonstrative programmes and addresses all modes of transport and mobility logistics. Industry representatives, policymakers and research bodies meet to discuss innovations, policies, logistics, and achievements in our mobility and transport systems with a common aim to improve it. The TRA have designed a programme that will allow contributions from anyone working in the transport and mobility sector to showcase their ideas and policies. Entries are now open here, and the updated deadline is 29th May 2023.

    Presentation Type

    Presentation summaries can be addressed to two categories:
    Oral and poster presentation
    Poster presentation

    The Programme Committee can adjust the submission types to coincide with the conference dynamics; oral may change to poster and vice versa. Authors of submitted pieces will be informed of any changes when the documents have been accepted by the committee, whose decision is final.

    Oral presentations will include Q&A opportunities. Posters will require to display a poster at the conference and be available for discussion during the view sessions.

    Full Paper Submission

    A full paper will be required from the author by 14th September 2023 or else it will not be included in the programme. Confirmation of acceptance by the committee will be sent in November 2023 and include instructions on submitting.

    Special Issue Publication

    During submission stages, authors can decide on whether they wish to include their submission in a special edition of the European Transport Research Review journal. Those wishing to be included will be required to provide a novelty statement. Reviews will be conducted by the editor from European Transport Research Review in a re-screening event before a full preview process. Highest scoring submissions will be selected for publication.

    TRAVisions Senior Researcher Award

    Any submissions based upon an EU funding research project can also be entered into the VISIONS Senior Researcher Award. Submissions must include an impact statement. Any previously published or presented submissions will not be considered for presentation.

  3. TRIMIS website sees major usability revamp

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    Source: Eltis

    Overhaul puts visitors first, improving data accessibility

    The Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System portal (TRIMIS) has been updated to improve user experience with a clearer structure, up-to-date visuals, and refreshed content. The portal acts as an open-access knowledge management system and consists of large databases of EU and nationally funded transport research projects and programmes alongside an inventory of transport technologies and innovations.

    The TRIMS website is an important resource currently containing information on approximately 9,000 transport R&I projects and programmes, acting as a central hub for transport research teams and policy makers within Europe. The site aims to assess European technology trends and distributes this information to a wide range of stakeholders; the refreshed portal is therefore incredibly exciting for the future of those in the transport industry.

    To explore and enjoy the new TRIMIS website, click here.

  4. Who has Transport Solution for Cargo Bikes?

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    One of the LEVA-EU members is looking for a solution to transport assembled cargobikes and cargotrailers.

    Do you have information about a reliable and safe transportsolution/box for assembled e-cargo bikes/trailers on the road or by train?

    If you have more information, please contact Daan van Dieren:  daan@leva-eu.com, tel. +32 485 29 87 91

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