Activities and tasks

The implementation of the contract covers five main activities as well as a number of tasks, some of which are described below.

Activity One
An overview of the current scientific literature on the subject and the methods used in the European Union and other countries to assess the psychological fitness of applicants for obtaining a driving license, the licensed drivers and the drivers with temporarily revoked driving licenses or those who permanently lost the legal certification.

The Scheduled tasks in this activity include:
• Review of scientific literature and conducted researches targeted at psychological assessment of drivers.
• Making contacts with international organizations and researchers in the field of transport psychology to identify methods for assessment of the psychological fitness of drivers in and outside the EU.
• Outlining key features of risky behaviour on the road.

Activity Two
Selection and research of methodologies for the examination of the qualities that constitute the psychological fitness of applicants for obtaining a driving license, drivers of motor vehicles and drivers with temporarily revoked driving licenses or those who permanently lost the legal certification.

The Scheduled tasks in this activity include:
• Study of the cognitive research methodologies (perception, attention, memory, thinking, and intellect).
• Investigation of the methodologies for examining the personality sphere (aggression, anxiety, emotional sustainability, self-control, risk appetite, etc.).
• Identification of risky behaviour characteristics on the road.
• Development of batteries of methods for psychological assessment of drivers.

Activity Three
Conducting a validation research on road safety and standardization for the Bulgarian population of the selected tests and their grouping in methodologies for the target groups according to art. 9, para 1 and 2 of Ordinance №36 of the selected methodologies for research of the psychological fitness of drivers.

The Scheduled tasks in this activity include:
• Development of design for conducting scientific research and sampling.
• Implementation of a pilot study to establish the reliability and validity of the selected methodologies.
• Input and statistical processing of data for assessment of the reliability of the prepared methodologies.
• Working out a final version of the methodologies that will be standardized.
• Conducting a scientific research and statistical processing of the data.
• Analysis and discussion of the outcomes obtained – these results will be compared with the results of the scientific studies introduced in the review of the current scientific literature.
• Standardization of methodologies.
• Elaboration of a psychological talk and observation of the psychological examination.

Activity Four
Development of written methodological guidelines for each of the proposed validated and standardized methodologies, including a description of the methodology and the approach to work, an instruction for the surveyed individuals and the methods of processing and interpretation of the results and normative scales, according to Article 4 of Ordinance No. 36.

The Scheduled tasks in this activity include:
• Production and printing of a methodological manual for handling with the assessment tools of the psychological fitness of drivers.
• Training of trainers for work with the selected methodologies – the psychologists in Automobile Administration.

Activity Five
Presenting the outcomes to experts and initiating a campaign for clarification of the role of the human factor for protection of road safety and changing public attitudes to psychological fitness examination of applicants for driving license, drivers or/and drivers with temporarily revoked driving licenses or those who permanently lost the legal certification

The Scheduled tasks in this activity include:
• Organization of a press conference.
• Organization of a round table on: The role of the human factor in road safety.
• Presentation of the outcomes to scientific forums in the country and / or abroad.
• Presentation of the outcomes obtained to the interested parties (Transport, Information Technologies and Communications Committee, Traffic Safety Fund, etc.) relevant to the topic.
• Communicating the importance of the psychological assessment of drivers in the public sphere.
• Production of advertising materials for information purposes in support of different target groups.
• Development of an Internet website of the project for information purposes.
• Creating a TV video to increase and focus the attention of drivers on the issues involved in the project.

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