Bus Driver Safety Seminar Visual

Public Transport Norway and Ruter, in cooperation with Busworld, invited the whole bus & coach industry to a comprehensive seminar on driver and traffic safety in Europe.

Bus & coach transportation is already the safest road transport means, but every accident, injury or casualty is still one too many. Many solutions already exist on the market, both in terms of reducing the risk of accidents, and reducing the consequences if an accident occurs. New and innovative technologies and safety measures are being developed by bus manufacturers as we speak, and were presented at Busworld Europe.

The seminar included the launch of a new academic research report on driver and traffic safety in European bus traffic prepared by The Institute of Transport Economics, with an overview of the current situation, systems and culture, as well as a catalogue of different measures and their estimated efficacy where available.

You can download the report & check the complete program here below:

Download The Safety in Bus Transport in Europe Report

TØI - Safety in Bus Transport in Europe Report 2023.pdf 1.72 MB

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We are pleased to provide you with access to all presentations from the Driver Safety Seminar. Further below you can find an overview of all speakers and their respective topics to help you locate the presentations you are interested in.

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(Re)watch the Driver Safety Seminar Sessions


14:00 - Opening

Moderated by Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General of POLIS Network

  • Welcome by Redgy Deschacht, President of Busworld Foundation

  • Introduction by Jon-Ivar Nygård, Minister of Transport of Norway


14:15 - Launch of Academic Report on Bus Driver Safety 

  • Keynote: Available and possible risk reducing and consequence-reducing measures in bus transport
    • Institute of Transport Economics in Norway, Tor-Olav Nævestad, Head of the research group on Safety & Resilience.
  • Two Interviews: Safety from bus drivers’ and active road users perspective
    • ETF (European Transport Workers Federation) & bus driver at Keolis, Guy Van Hyfte
    • International Federation for Pedestrians, Geert Van Waeg, President


14:45 - Safety Systems, Solutions and Requirements

  • Keynote: Introduction to the EU General Safety Regulation

    • Van Hool, Filip Nolf, Product Manager Bus & Coach

  • Panel:
    • Scania CV AB, Nicklas Sandberg, Product Manager Buses and Coaches 
    • SMART EYE, Elsa Magner, Senior Project Manager in Fleet and Aftermarket (SE), focussing on the influence of GSR on technology development


15:15 - Coffee Break


15:45 - Policy Making for Improved Safety of Bus Drivers and Passengers

  • Keynote: A collaborative approach to bus safety
    • Transport for London, Tom Cunnington, Head of Bus Business Development
  • Keynote: Safety Learning System Based on Analysis of Recent Accidents
    • Accident Investigation Board Norway, Per Olav Hetland, Inspector of Accidents
    • Norwegian Road Supervisory Authority, Vegard Hansen, CEO


16:15 - Implementation of Safety Tools and Measures by the European PTAs

  • Panel:
    • VIAS Institute, Ky-Tho Ly, Project Engineer
    • MIV Brussels, Gaëtan Deckers, Risk & Safety Manager
    • Empresa Municipal de Transporte de Madrid (EMT), Julián del Olmo, Head of the Rolling Stock Division
    • Transport for London, Tom Cunnington, Head of Bus Business Development, Standardizing Safety in Bus Transport
    • CANAPAT, Lucio Rodríguez, President: Visions on driver safety tools & measures in Mexico & Latin America
    • RUTER, Bernt Reitan Jenssen, CEO 


17:00 - Closing

  • Closing remarks by Siv Wiken, Chair of Public Transport Norway



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