About the project

On 26.06.2017, the Institute for Population and Human Studies – BAS started the implementation of the Public Procurement Contract with subject: “Increasing the level of road safety by developing new methodologies for examining the psychological fitness of motor vehicle drivers”, contracted with the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, reg. № Д-14/26.06.2017. The contract is financed under the Priority Axis 5 “Technical Assistance” of Operational Program on “Transport and Transport Infrastructure” 2014 – 2020 with beneficiary the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC).

 

Main project team: Prof. Antoaneta Rusinova-Hristova, PhD; Asst. Prof. Zornitsa Totkova, PhD; Asst. Prof. Rositsa Racheva, PhD, doctoral student Kalina Krumova

Presentation of the project:
Road safety is one of the EU’s top priorities.
Since 2017, Ministers of transport of the EU Member States have taken action on road safety policies both at EU and at national level. As a result, a strategic EU framework is currently being prepared to outline the priorities associated with the road safety for the period 2020 – 2030.
Increasing the level of road safety by developing new methodologies for examining the psychological fitness of motor vehicle drivers is focused on the implementation of a long-term policy aimed at reducing the number and consequences of road and traffic accidents and is in accordance with the Strategy of  the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, for improving the road safety of the Republic of Bulgaria for the period 2011-2020 and the National Strategy for Improvement of the Road Traffic Safety of the Republic of Bulgaria for the 2011-2020 period.

Main objective of the project:
The objective of the project is to develop methodologies for research of the psychological fitness of drivers that measure precisely those characteristics which are a prerequisite for risky and aggressive behaviour on the road.

Outcomes:
The results obtained from the project will help to improve the psychological assessment of drivers conducting both public passenger and freight transportation and to clearly distinguish risky road drivers. In addition, these results will enable the development of appropriate training programs for drivers who are systematic violators. Therefore, it is the essential action of prevention and effective reduction of the number of road traffic accidents.

Benefits:
Using the new psychological fitness testing methodologies, drivers will have the opportunity to identify the potential dangerous road behaviour and the risk of bringing out crashes, which in turn will reduce the number of deaths and injured people as a result of the road and traffic accidents.
The project outcomes will provide information on the transport sector and the related socio-economic indicators, in volume and quality, necessary to develop and make operational and strategic decisions in the field of road safety in particular.
The project contributes to the achievement of the overall objective of the OPTTI “Development of a sustainable transport system” – Operational Programme on Transport and Transport Infrastructure.

 

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