ÖAMTC-Österreichischer Automobil-, Motorrad- und Touring Club
The ÖAMTC is with more than 1,6 million members one of the largest Automobile-Clubs worldwide. It is a Independent Service Organisation with more than 2.500 employees which provides 9 Driving Safety Centers, 24 Rescue Helicopters and more than 500 Emergency Vehicles in Austria. The ÖAMTC is a founding member of FIA.
Taking the initiative in the implementation of measures that go beyond current legal requirements, specifically:
a) Extending the programme for promoting the safe behaviour of all road users
- ÖAMTC road safety programmes reach 12.5% of all Austrian children. The organisation's aim is to increase this percentage.
- The number of participants in the practical training of all novice drivers and improved moped training is to be increased.
- Ongoing training (safe driving training including special programmes, advanced training courses on issues such as child safety and secure loads, advanced training for professional drivers) will continue and courses will be improved.
- The programme "Mobil sein - Mobil bleiben" (Being mobile - staying mobile) with a target age group of 55+ will be extended throughout Austria and will be further developed.
- In addition, all ÖAMTC employees and their relatives will be offered free or reduced-rate driving safety courses. New employees are obliged to carry out driving safety training.
b) We will continue developing tests for improving vehicle-related road safety and passenger protection in particular. Car and crash tests serve to improve vehicle construction and safety features. Further developments are underway in child restraint system tests. The ÖAMTC regularly tests a variety of tyre types with the aim of optimising the quality of these. Information on this topic will be made available.
c) We will continue with the research in the field of traffic engineering in support of measures to improve infrastructure-related road safety .The ÖAMTC carries out continuous traffic engineering studies and tests and submits proposals for improvement (testing of the main road network for safety problems; operating checks for increased tunnel safety; participation in programmes aimed at decreasing safety problems in town planning; safety checks on building sites and at accident black spots).
d) Awareness-raising activities and implementation of safety initiatives within lobby groups and public relations work
- The ÖAMTC undertakes to carry out more effective public relations campaigns on subjects relevant to road safety.
- Road safety elements should be considered in relevant articles in the club magazine.
- At ÄKVÖ (Medical Drivers Union) events (an ÖAMTC-affiliated association focusing on traffic medicine) subjects concerning road safety and traffic medicine will be discussed twice yearly.
e) Development and implementation of measures aimed at reducing accident rates through the ÖAMTC air emergency service Improved provisions for seriously injured patients. The aim is to achieve closer collaboration with rescue and ambulance services. Cooperation with other European air emergency services and a transfer of know-how to the new EU Member States should be strengthened.
f) Construction of a new accident database
A database that has access to general accident data and the data of the ÖAMTC air emergency service will enable more in-depth analysis of traffic accidents. The aims of this are improvements in all relevant areas of road safety.
g) Transparent information for vehicle drivers concerning vehicle recall actions that affect their vehicle
The ÖAMTC provides information on recall campaigns for vehicles or vehicle accessories with defects that have safety implications, and is involved in campaigning for the legal obligation of importers and consumer protection organisations to provide information on recall campaigns.
The Austrian Automobile Club ÖAMTC takes responsability to put into action at least one of the following safety principles and measures:
1. Expanding programmes aimed at promoting safety-conscious behaviour by all road users.
- In recent years the ÖAMTC has tripled its Driving Safety Centre infrastructure. In fact it is aiming to boost the number of participants in driving safety courses from 42,000 (2002) to 120,000 (2006) using a three-pronged approach: developing its infrastructure; launching a multitude of road safety campaigns; and, not least, successfully lobbying for more practice-orientated training for novice drivers (multi-phase driver training).
- Driving safety training courses, which include special modules targeted specifically at HGV drivers on issues such as securing loads, have also been developed. The ÖAMTC also intends to lobby industry and politicians to introduce a programme of continual advanced training for truck and bus drivers, modelled on the multi-phase driver training for motorists and motorcyclists. In Austria such a programme would reach around 120,000 people a year.
- The Mobil sein, Mobil bleiben [Be Mobile, Stay Mobile] programme aimed at the 55+ age group is to be expanded to Austria as a whole. Introduced in 2001 it comprises not just an eye test, hearing test and reflex test but also a special safety training module, updates on the legislation governing traffic regulations, and a First Aid refresher course. The ÖAMTC is hoping to increase the number of participants from the current figure of around 900 to around 2,000 by 2006.
- With regard to road safety for children and teenagers, around 100,000 schoolchildren of all age groups are given safety training every year. The Blick und Klick [Look & Click!] and Hallo Auto [Hello Car!] programmes are aimed at providing comprehensive safety training to all schoolchildren in each school year (around 70,000 pupils).
- The ÖAMTC has also undertaken to provide its entire staff and their relatives with either free or discounted driving safety courses. Moreover completing a driving safety course is now compulsory for newly recruited staff.
2. Developing test procedures for improving vehicle-related road safety and passenger protection in particular.
- Car tests and suggestions for improvements to make automobile designs and equipment safer, and for greater passenger protection (e.g. as part of EuroNCAP, the New Car Assessment Programme).
- Further development of tests for child restraint systems, e.g. as part of EuroNPACS, the New Programme for the Assessment of Child Seats.
- Tests for a wide array of tyre types to help improve brake systems.
- Providing safety information and data to help consumers with purchase decisions.
3. Traffic engineering research to promote measures aimed at improving infrastructure-related road safety
- Traffic engineering studies, tests and proposals for improvement such as:
- EuroRAP (Road Assessment Programme) - study to be conducted on Austria's network of motorways and dual-carriageways, scheduled start: 2004.
- Conducting operating tests to improve road safety in tunnels.
- Participating in nationwide programmes aimed at reducing safety shortfalls in road planning (Road Safety Audit).
- Participating in nationwide programmes aimed at reducing safety shortfalls in the existing road network (Road Safety Inspection).
4. Awareness-raising activities and activities aimed at implementing safety initiatives as part of the representation of motorists' interests and PR work
- Planning and implementing high-impact public campaigns in co-operation with partners in the media on such road safety issues as seatbelts, drinking & driving, speeding, etc.
- Major focus on road safety issues in the printed and internet versions of the ÖAMTC Club Magazine: Publication of at least one additional article per month on services, information and awareness-raising measures.
- Discussion of important issues relating to road safety and the medical aspects of motoring as part of ÄKVÖ events (a branch of the ÖAMTC that focuses on the medical aspects of motoring), with emphasis on providing advice and information to motorists.
- Drawing up practical sets of measures on safety issues as a basis for regional, national and international safety campaigns (such as the Safer HGV Traffic initiative)
5. Developing and implementing measures aimed at alleviating the consequences of accidents.
- Drawing up and implementing concepts for emergency medical treatment for persons with serious injuries, in particular improving the quality of the service provided to those seriously injured, and closer co-operation between rescue and ambulance services.
- Joint ventures with other European air rescue operators and know-how transfer to the new EU member states by interested partners (Airmed Network, EHAC).
- Strengthening of cross-border assistance and co-operation with neighbouring states (e.g. Suben Christophorus Europa 3, project phase: Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia).
- Measures aimed at co-ordinating cross-border training and education in First Aid and emergency medical care.
- Evaluation studies on air rescue (comparison of medical care provided to patients on the ground / in the air).
6. Awareness-raising campaigns as part of events and projects organised by the ÖAMTC Academy, aimed at addressing and communicating road safety issues to the general public
- Aggression ("road rage") and what causes it
- Improving the understanding between road users