International networks

The Belgian Road Safety Institute participates in several EU projects.


The ESRA project (E-Survey of Road user’ attitudes) is a joint initiative of research organisations and road safety institutes in 25 countries aiming at collecting comparable (inter)national data on road users’ opinions, attitudes and behaviour with respect to road traffic risks. The project is funded by the partners’ own resources and coordinated by BRSI.

The participating countries in the first ESRA survey (2015/2016) were: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.

The next edition will be launched in 2018.

More information and all results of ESRA (2015/2016) can be found on:



ETSC is a Brussels-based independent non-profit making organisation dedicated to reducing the numbers of deaths and injuries in transport in Europe.

Founded in 1993, ETSC provides an impartial source of expert advice on transport safety matters to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and Member States. It maintains its independence through funding from a variety of sources including membership subscriptions, the European Commission, and public and private sector support for various activities.


The Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) is a non-for-profit association. FERSI unites partners from 21 European countries who have a mandate of their governments to implement a pre-normative road safety research. That means that FERSI participants develop road safety solutions to be translated in legislation and norms, offer consulting to national and European road safety authorities while implementing these solutions and evaluate effects of implementation.


In 1988, the OECD Road Transport Research Programme established the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD) as a mechanism for providing an aggregated database, in which international accident and victim as well as exposure data are collected on a continuous basis.


IGLAD was initiated in 2010 by European car manufacturers and is an initiative for harmonisation of global in-depth traffic accident data to improve road and vehicle safety. A database containing accident data according to a standardised data scheme that enables comparison between datasets from different countries is every year extended with around 800 cases. The first phase of the project was funded by the European Automobile Manufacturer's Association (ACEA). Phase II started 2014 and is based on member fees to the IGLAD consortium. The Phase II data contains 93 variables regarding the accidents, roads, participants (vehicles or VRUs), occupants and safety systems. A few variables have been added after Phase I to improve the quality.


The Confederation of Organisations in Road Transport Enforcement (CORTE) is one of the largest and most knowledgeable road transport platforms at international level. CORTE is a non-profit organization established to bring together national transport authorities from European and non EU countries having a responsibility and interest in the field of road transport, road security and road safety. National authorities in CORTE collaborate with transport associations and the transport industry. The objective of the Association is to encourage, promote and assist the development and implementation of policies for road transport, road safety and road security in Europe and at international level.


The World Road Association-PIARC was established in 1909. It brings together the road administrations of 121 governments and has members--individuals, companies, authorities and organizations in over 140 countries.

Traffic Psychology International (TPI)

Traffic Psychology International TPI is a forum of traffic experts who cooperate with the goal to support road users in their individual traffic behaviour.

Traffic is generated by individuals acting and interacting in the public space in order to reach certain goals and to fulfil certain tasks. They do this in a given physical frame – traffic infrastructure – and using different types of transport: Cars, bicycles, public transport means, or simply their legs. Societal features like laws, informal rules, media reporting, and the social climate are both outcomes and determinants of individual behaviour.

UN Road Safety Collaboration

In April 2004, the United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES58/289 on “Improving global road safety” invited WHO, working in close cooperation with the United Nations regional commissions, to act as coordinator on road safety issues across the United Nations system. The World Health Assembly accepted this invitation in May 2004 and WHO subsequently set up the UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) which holds biannual meetings to discuss global road safety issues

Réseau rues

The Réseau RUES, French-speaking network for a urban, user-friendly and safe mobility includes associations and organisms from Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Québec and the French-speaking part of Switzerland : the CERTU (Centre d’études sur les réseaux, les transports, l’urbanisme et les constructions du Ministère de l’Écologie, du Développement et de l’Aménagement durables - Centre of studies on the networks, transports, urbanism and the constructions of the Ministry of Ecology, Development and Sustainable Development and Design) in Lyon, the BRSI (Belgian Road Safety Institute), the University of Liège, the Road Safety in Luxemburg, the Quebec weight coalition, the Direction of the transport security of the Ministry of Transports in Quebec and “Rue de l’Avenir France and Switzerland”.

CARE Expert Group

The CARA Expert Group European countries meet in order to monitor the road safety sitation in the EU trough:

  • Enhance and exploit accident data.
  • Identify and quantify road safety problems.
  • Evaluate the efficiency of road safety measures.
  • Determine the relevance of Community actions.
  • Facilitate the exchange of experience in this field.
  • A reference system for road safety analysis in Europe.
  • A common tool for a better monitoring of road accidents.