32 delegates from 20 UNECE Member States, the railway and road sectors and experts from academia participated in the fourth meeting of the UNECE Group of Experts (GE1) on Improving Safety at Level Crossings” in Geneva.
Mr Martin Gallagher, Chairman of the Group opened the session.
The group adopted the agenda:
and the minutes of the third session: http://www.unece.org/trans/roadsafe/eg_level_crossings_03.html
The programme of work of the group consists in:
A review and analysis of the economic costs of level crossing accidents based on data provided by countries
An evaluation and analysis of the safety performance of types of level crossing in UNECE Member States and in selected non-UNECE Member States such as Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa.
A summary of good practices including education
A survey of prevailing national legislation and/or legal arrangements at level crossings
A survey of technology and technological solutions to improve safety at level crossings
Identification of the key causes and possible solutions related to human factors contributing to unsafe conditions at level crossings
Development of a road/rail interface strategy with recommendations
The objective of the GE1 is to produce a strategic report and recommendations covering key important areas of level crossing safety.
UIC informed the Group of future safety guidelines targeted at commercial drivers using level crossings, which it is currently finalising in partnership with the International Road Transport Union https://www.iru.org/; you can also read http://uic.org/com/uic-e-news/399
Finally UIC informed the Group about a call for papers for ILCAD 2015 to be officially launched in Istanbul, Turkey, hosted by TCDD (see paper attached).
The date of the fifth meeting of GE1 is fixed for 15 – 16 June 2015.