17 Jan 2014 - Road User Education Project - 1st plenary meeting, Brussels

Important EU legislation related to driving licences is already in place. Besides details about the format, issuing and transposition procedures as well as licence categories, minimum ages and definitions, the 3rd Driving Licence Directive 2006/126/EC also details the skills, knowledge and behaviour required for passing the theoretical and practical driving test.

The Directive however does not make any reference to the skills, behaviour and knowledge that should be passed on to the learner driver, how these should be passed on and what the minimum requirements are for persons delivering professional driver instruction and accompanied driving. The absence of a common European Directive in these areas has resulted in a fragmented system with a range of national strategies and approaches.

The objective of the CIECA project on Minimum European Requirements for Road User Education is to make a recommendation concerning minimum driver competency standards. A second recommendation will deal with the Framework for a Curriculum. A third recommendation will be made on minimum requirements for driving instructors and accompanying persons (layman instruction). 

The purpose of these four recommendations will be to assist the DG MOVE of the European Commission in drafting new legislation in the two above mentioned areas. By making this effort, the project hopes to contribute to reaching the 50% reduction target of road fatalities, which the European Commission set in its policy orientation "Towards a European road safety area: policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020" (2011) and the European parliament report on Road Safety 2011-2020. More specifically, the project will be a key element in the realization of the Commission's Objective N° 1: Improve education and training of road users. The project also is a response to the United Nations Consolidated Resolution on Road Traffic from 2010 pleading for improved training and examination.

The work is carried out by a comprehensive group of outstanding CIECA Members, bringing along both excellence in the field and insight into specific conditions and institutional settings at the level of the 14 countries in the study area. In addition to that, through their previous participation in numerous road safety research projects and working groups at European level, the project partners are well aware of relevant work previously carried out in Europe.

This project falls within the context of the work programme for 2012 - 2014 and responds to the main action principles set out in the Strategy Paper for 2012-2020 that was approved by CIECA Members on 10 February 2012.

  • Agenda
  • Fee: This members' only event is free-of-charge
  • Location: Science 14 Atrium Business Center, Brussels (Belgium). See information for participants.
  • Accommodation: Ibis Brussels Off Grand'Place. The deadline for hotel bookings has been extended and is now 20 December 2013. Please download the hotel reservation form.
  • Deadline: The registration deadline for the event is 6 January 2014.
  • Working language: English