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Consensus networking for assessment of fitness to drive for drivers with disabilities in the European Union Peters, Björn et al ; Falkmer, Torbjörn

By: Contributor(s): Publication details: Sveikatos mokslai, 2004Description: vol 37, nr 6, s. 19-23Subject(s): Bibl.nr: VTI 2005.0131Location: Abstract: CONSENSUS was launched in September 2002 as an EU funded project within the IST (Information Society Technology) Programme. The overall aim of the project is to promote consensus in fitness to drive assessment of PSN (People with Special Needs) through common methodologies and normative tools. There are 16 partners from 13 European countries within the project representing assessment centres, car manufacturer, research institutes, and user representatives. The EC directives 91/439/EEC and 2000/56/EC provide a foundation for driver licensing and assessment of fitness to drive. However, the practical implementation of assessment procedures, methods and tools varies greatly between different member states and there is a lack of standardization. The differences are partly due to different national legislations and routines, e.g. specialised driver assessment centres exist only in some countries like the UK, in some countries is assessment centralised as in Belgium in others it is highly distributed. Assessment methods and tools vary also greatly between countries. Furthermore, there are also historical differences, e.g. driver assessment and vehicle adaptation has a rather short history in the new eastern member states. Thus, CONSENSUS is developing a network of excellence in order to systematically exchange information about fitness to drive assessment and to promote knowledge and technology transfer within the union. CONSENSUS aims at a European standardisation of the fitness to drive assessment in order to ensure an equal treatment across Europe of people with disabilities who want to drive. The ultimate goal is to enhance the mobility and safety for drivers and potential drivers with disabilities.
Item type: Reports, conferences, monographs
Holdings: VTI 2005.0131

CONSENSUS was launched in September 2002 as an EU funded project within the IST (Information Society Technology) Programme. The overall aim of the project is to promote consensus in fitness to drive assessment of PSN (People with Special Needs) through common methodologies and normative tools. There are 16 partners from 13 European countries within the project representing assessment centres, car manufacturer, research institutes, and user representatives. The EC directives 91/439/EEC and 2000/56/EC provide a foundation for driver licensing and assessment of fitness to drive. However, the practical implementation of assessment procedures, methods and tools varies greatly between different member states and there is a lack of standardization. The differences are partly due to different national legislations and routines, e.g. specialised driver assessment centres exist only in some countries like the UK, in some countries is assessment centralised as in Belgium in others it is highly distributed. Assessment methods and tools vary also greatly between countries. Furthermore, there are also historical differences, e.g. driver assessment and vehicle adaptation has a rather short history in the new eastern member states. Thus, CONSENSUS is developing a network of excellence in order to systematically exchange information about fitness to drive assessment and to promote knowledge and technology transfer within the union. CONSENSUS aims at a European standardisation of the fitness to drive assessment in order to ensure an equal treatment across Europe of people with disabilities who want to drive. The ultimate goal is to enhance the mobility and safety for drivers and potential drivers with disabilities.

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