Definition of the objective(s) of the project

The theoretical and practical bases for the survey are the following related factors

  • Road safety is dependent to a large extent on actual road users behaviour, which in turn is influenced by their attitudes, beliefs and perceptions; knowing opinions and beliefs may help understanding traffic behaviour.
  • citizens’ perceptions and opinions about transport, road safety, control measures in- use or contemplated by authorities, are very relevant to policy makers for understanding the needs of the public, the limitations of their policies and the potential support for new policies.

The objective of the project is to survey, with a uniform methodology, the attitudes, opinions, self-reported behaviour and experiences of European drivers, riders of, and of non-drivers.

The project will provide a follow-up of the previous three SARTRE (Social Attitudes to Road Traffic Risk in Europe) projects, with inclusion of the additional groups (non-drivers and the motorized two-wheelers), and a more policy focused questionnaire.

Focus will continue on a number of core safety issues — speeding, impaired-driving (drink-driving, drugs, possibly also fatigue or distraction) and seat-belt wearing.

New issues will be included, those that gained importance during the last years, e.g. ‘eco-driving’ and mobility, harmonization, cross-border traffic control, safety of motorized two-wheelers, risk to pedestrians in urban areas, security concerns or new traffic enforcement technologies.

The gathered data, will provide the EC and member states a current picture of road users attitudes and opinions, with possibilities to compare between states and identify possible reasons for differences. On several core issues it will be possible to compare the findings to SARTRE 3 results, and evaluate the changes that had taken place in drivers’ attitudes in the EU since the ‘White Paper on European Transport Policy’ that came out just before SARTRE 3 project.