The municipality of Amsterdam and Uber concluded a so-called Social Charter in which they made agreements on road safety, data sharing, and sustainability, among other things. The Social Charter is the outcome of the Uber Task Force he municipality established in February following a number of fatal accidents in the city involving Uber drivers, the city said in a press statement.
Uber is taking measures following a series of fatal accidents involving its drivers in Amsterdam. The ride-hailing service is increasing the minimum age for its drivers from 18 to 21 years, and new drivers must have at least a year of driving experience. Uber, in cooperation with safe traffic association VVN, is also developing a mandatory road safety course for all its drivers under the age of 25, NOS reports.
The age limit will only apply to new drivers, existing drivers who are under the age of 21 can continue to work for Uber.
Around 600 thousand traffic signs in the Netherlands are redundant, and the mess of signs along the road actually decrease road safety, according to safe traffic association VVN, the government's knowledge center on traffic and transport CROW, and HR Groep, the Telegraaf reports.
The Netherlands counts over 3 million traffic signs. 20 percent of them are superfluous. The organizations call for these redundant signs to be removed, because they distract motorists and may cause them to overlook more important road signs.
Activists for road safety placed empty chairs on squares in Zwolle, Nijverdal, Arnhem, Nijmegen and Ede on Wednesday. A total of 65 chairs were placed in Overijssel and 86 in Gelderland. They represented the number of people killed in traffic accidents in the two provinces last year, NOS reports.
Dutch municipalities should pay more attention to the safety of cyclists, according to travelers' association ANWB. Cyclists' safety can be improved by, among other things, implementing more restrictive measures on car traffic in the big cities, ANWB director Frits van Bruggen said to newspaper AD.
A recent survey among 22 thousand ANWB members showed that 27 percent feel unsafe on the bicycle. In Amsterdam that is even 44 percent. That's very high, according to Van Bruggen.
The Public Prosecutor on Wednesday demanded 2 years in prison and community service against three driving school instructors for secretly recording the driving exams. According to the prosecutor, students of the driving school were instructed to wear spy glasses to their theory exam and record it, NU.nl reports.
The Prosecutor demanded 2 years in prison against 25-year-old Erol C., the owner of the driving school. His wife 24-year-old Kubra C. and co-owner of the school 22-year-old Mert C. heard punishment demands of 240 hours of community service.
Dick Bruna traffic signs along the road make motorists slow down by about 4 km/h, according to a study done by the foundation for road safety research SWOV. Dick Bruna is famous for his popular children's character Nijntje
The Netherlands is the 3rd safest country in Europe when it comes to safe roadways. Last year there were 28 traffic accident fatalities per million inhabitants in the country. Only Sweden and Malta had fewer fatalities, according to a report by the EU Commission for Road Safety
The PvdA thinks that traffic fines should be higher for each repeated offense. According to the party, this would force offenders to learn from their mistakes and adjust their behavior more quickly.
Unpopular measures would be needed to reduce the number of injuries and deaths in traffic, suggests a new study published today by the Road Safety Research Foundation (Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Verkeersveiligheid). The measures include compulsory helmet requirements for children and the elderly, as well as moped riders. Minister of Infrastructure Melanie Schultz van Haegen does not see this happening.
The traffic lessons that children receive in school are not effective enough. Thus children between the ages of 10 and 17 years are in danger of making unsafe choices in traffic.