7th International Fit to Drive - Congress in Berlin, 25th - 26th April 2013.
Reality and Vision - Common problems, European solutions: this is the device of the Fit to Drive (FTD) - Congress focussing on the safety of individual mobility. As the seventh in a series of similar programmes, this FTD will take place from 25th – 26th April 2013 in Berlin.
Traffic safety mostly depends on the behaviour of traffic participants. At the 7th FTD-Congress, traffic psychologists, traffic physicians and representatives from politics and public life will discuss further possibilities to enhance safety and will incorporate state-of-the-art aspects of traffic psychology in Europe. This time’s focusses will be:
- primary prevention in pre-school, school and driver education and training
- general prevention through legislation and enforcement, demerit point systems
- secondary prevention with a special focus on the persistent drink and drug driver
- fitness to drive assessment, traffic-psychologist consultancy, rehabilitation and therapy in different countries of the EU
- interlock systems and rehabilitation (Alcolock) and comparative studies of traffic safety in Europe
The core purposes of the successful FTD-Congress series are the training of traffic participants and the qualification and fitness to drive. Further topics are alcohol and drug driving behaviour, also dealing with age-related physical and mental changes. Experts will discuss the different types of measures helping to teach driving offenders a greater sense of responsibility in traffic. Another major topic will be the influence of new technologies and social media on driving behaviour.
Fit to Drive is a recognised contribution of the German Association of Technical Inspection Agencies (Verband der TÜV e.V. - VdTÜV) to the European Road Safety Charter. The European Commission has launched this programme back in 2004 to induce member states, associations, local authorities, research institutes and companies to a higher commitment and greater awareness in the field of traffic safety. With this mean, road traffic fatalities within the EU were supposed to decrease – and they did indeed. The VdTÜV was among the first ones to sign this charter. In this context, the FTD-Congress presents a platform to discuss the latest developments of the qualification of individual traffic participants. Individual mobility must be in line with the safety requirements of the public life. The cooperation and knowledge transfer of International organisations is an important step towards an integrative European approach in this area.