The ETSC's Road Safety Performance Index is a policy instrument to help EU Member States in improving road safety. By comparing Member States' performance, it serves to identify and promote Best Practice in Europe and bring about the kind of political leadership that is needed to create what citizens deserve - a road transport system that offers a maximum of safety.
Started in June 2006, the Index covers all relevant areas of road safety including road user behaviour, infrastructure and vehicles, as well as road safety policymaking more generally. National research organisations and independent researchers from 31 countries participating in the programme are ensuring that any assessment carried out within the programme is based on scientific evidence and is effectively communicated to European road safety policymakers.
The experience of 31 + 8
To facilitate the collection of accurate data from all 27 EU Member States, as well as Norway, Switzerland, the Republic of Serbia and Israel, ETSC has set up a PIN Panel of national focal points, i.e. 31 high level national experts from ETSC's network of member organisations and other organisations. By lending their expertise and name to this process, the experts guarantee that the results published are sound and receive the deserved public attention both at national and EU level.
Eight individuals, who are particularly committed to ETSC and road safety policy, form the PIN Steering Committee providing guidance to the PIN Programme Secretariat.
Publications and events
Cross-country comparisons are published three times a year in the series of Road Safety PIN Flashes. Once a year, a PIN Report summarising the findings in the key areas studied during that year, is launched at an annual PIN Event. During that event ETSC publicises the results of the annual report and awards the PIN Award to a high level policymaker responsible for the best performing country's road safety policy.
In order to accomplish the overall mission of this Programme, mobilising knowledge to create leadership, ETSC organises a series of national debates, the PIN Talks. Key road safety policymakers are invited to an informal lunch or dinner to discuss national road safety policy, targets and strategies and to help create political leadership.
The Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme receives financial support from Volvo Group, Volvo Trucks, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Toyota Motor Europe.