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Ministers of alpine countries: More road safety and alternatives to road traffic

At a meeting in Switzerland the transport ministers of alpine countries underlined their commitment to improve road safety in cross-alpine HGV traffic in a joint and concerted effort adapted to the needs of the alpine countries, and to bolster the policy of transporting HGV traffic by rail. The meeting was attended by representatives from Germany, France, Italy, Austria and the EU Commission.
The permanent "Control Body for Road Safety and Mobility in the Alpine Region" had been set up in the wake of serious accidents in alpine tunnels. The Ministers have now taken note of the Control Body's initial findings and have commissioned contracts for the next two years. The Control Body for Transit Traffic in the Alpine Region for instance is to examine alternatives to road traffic, i.e. combined traffic for instance. Other areas of activity include technical safety measures for trucks, the working conditions of HGV drivers, and safety in tunnels with contra-flow traffic. A standardised database on freight and passenger traffic in the alpine region is also designed to help the countries to co-ordinate planning work for infrastructure projects.
Source and information: www.bav.admin.ch/index (de)