TCS - Touring Club Suisse
With 1.4 million members the TCS is the leading mobility club in Switzerland. Its activities include road assistance, tourism, insurance, driver training, etc. One of its main missions is to take care of road safety issues.
The TCS (Touring Club Suisse) is committed to improve road safety in Switzerland and Europe particularly by:
1. Put in place a new program to encourage drivers to change their attitude in driving and to make sure that they are aware of the influence they have on other users. A special challenge is to motivate drivers to take voluntary lessons for improving their driving behaviour. We would like to reach about 70000 new drivers per year. About 200000 new educated people in 3 years.
2. Continuing to audit the main road network within the EuroRAP program and isolating black spots that need safety measures. Putting an effort on the mountain roads to improve road safety for motorcyclists and to reduce from 5% the number of deaths in this category.
3. Continuing the education program for all road users, starting with children's education and going to check-up courses for elderly drivers. We would like to convince regional government to put in place road safety education lessons in the obligatory school education plans. On very long term we could reach about 400'000 children in the schools.
4. We will regularly publish information about those activities in our Website.
The TCS also keeps improving its road assistance services, not only in case of breakdowns, but also after accidents. Road safety is furthermore a subject in each edition of the member magazine "Touring".
The TCS - Touring Club Suisse, commits to undertake the following actions in order to improve road safety:
1. In spite of the law, the use of seatbelts is still unsatisfactory. From 2006, we will participate actively in a three-year road safety campaign in order to improve the use of seat belts in cars by 10%, with follow-up of this objective carried out through the statistics provided by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office and the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu). We will distribute printed material (1 million flyers) and provide information about the campaign to the media.
2. As infrastructures are not always in accordance with today's road safety needs, we aim to better identify unsafe spots on the road network. In addition to the standard EuroRAP programme (that provides a safety rating of the European main road network), we will analyse the degree of danger of certain roads for motorcycle drivers (especially mountain roads).
3. In response to the lack of information about road safety, we will establish a continuous education programme for all road users: o Children's education at school: we develop and provide exclusive free material (1.5 million items per year) for the police force, which visits every school class in Switzerland, reaching more than 400,000 children per year. o Driver school and training: free road safety brochures are produced and distributed via driving associations. o Elderly drivers: providing information about the influence of age on drivers' abilities and their mobility with printed material (15,000 leaflets per year) and active counselling provided during special driving courses, adapted to their special needs.