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Table 4 Results of feasibility study

From: Defining a common set of indicators to monitor road accidents in the European Union

DPSEEA Indicator Availability* Quality* Comparability* Policy Relevance* Overall Readiness§ Feasibility Comment
State Age of vehicle fleet 2,00 2,00 2,00 1,60 a Ready and recommended for immediate implementation It is reported and discussed on the EEA reports [16]
Exposure Person time spent on the road 1,14 1,25 1,17 0,83 A to d Desirable, though requiring further developmental work EUROSTAT reports the results of the "Time Use Surveys" for the years 1998–2002 in ten European Countries, with some estimates of time spent on the road[15]. EUROSTAT proposed this indicator as voluntary collection.
Exposure Passengers-kilometres by mode of transport 1,71 1,43 1,43 1,57 a Ready and recommended for immediate implementation It is ready, figures are currently present in the international databases. The only limitation is that this indicator does not collect information on distances travelled by human-powered modes of transport.
Risk factor Use of vehicle safety device 1,14 1,25 1,17 0,83 A to d Desirable, though requiring further developmental work  
Risk Factor Mortality due to drunk driving 1,71 1,57 1,29 1,14 A to d Desirable, though requiring further developmental work It is both a primary and a secondary risk factor of traffic accident morbidity and mortality.
Risk factor Speed limit excesses 1,60 1,50 1,25 1,20 A to d Desirable, though requiring further developmental work There was no international database identified for this indicator. Therefore, it was agreed that this indicator will be monitored as a pilot indicator on a voluntary basis. In the meantime, according to the relevance of this indicator with respect to the prevention it was recommended that this indicator be proposed to the Eurostat survey to develop more standardized assessment methods.
Effect Mortality due to road accidents 2,00 2,00 1,83 1,50 a Ready and recommended for immediate implementation  
Effect Injury rate 1,71 1,43 1,57 1,29 a Ready and recommended for immediate implementation Readily available from CARE-Community Road Accident Database OECD/IRTAD. Improvements in quality and comparability are to be recommended.
Effect Potential Years of Life Lost 1,60 1,60 1,60 1,50 A to c Ready, but not feasible for immediate implementation It is directly calculated from mortality figures. The life expectancy at every age is easily available by the demographic statistics.
Effect DALY lost for road accidents 1,75 1,25 1,50 1,20 A to d Desirable, though requiring further developmental work It is calculated from mortality and injury. To calculate DALYs, disability weights for different countries are necessary. The World Bank has proposed an algorithm to calculate DALYs [14].
Event Road accident rate 2,00 1,67 1,67 1,80 a Ready and recommended for immediate implementation The road accident rate is collected by almost all the European MS and is available in the CARE (Community Road Accident Database)[7]
  1. * Result of feasibility: the figures indicate the mean of the single National Focal Point evaluation scores, the range of the score was from 0 (poor) to 2 (good).
  2. § Range of the readiness score among countries, the codes are as follows: a) immediately; b) by the end of 2004; c) by the end of 2005; d) after 2006