Traffic survey: Belgians want others to be disciplined in traffic
In its yearly traffic survey Belgian mobility research institute Vias has asked 6.200 Belgians about traffic (in)security. A majority wants more speed and alcohol controls but no generalizing of 30 kph zones. Vias (formerly BIVV/IBSR) has done his yearly review of traffic (in)security by asking 6.200 Belgians how they feel on Belgian roads.
Between 2012 and 2016 the amount of deadly injuries due to traffic accidents has gone down by 17% (770 to 637). Also the number of injured people has diminished by 9%.
“You would think that Belgians feel more secure in traffic then”, says Karin Genoe, CEO at Vias. “But that’s not the case. Users of public transport feel even a little bit more insecure, probably due to terrorist attacks.”
More control, but…
A majority of people wants more controls on alcohol (68%) and on speeding (57%). But when a major part of an inner city centre is turned into a 30 kph zone (like in Antwerp, Ghent or Leuven), 60% is against it.
“We need to convince people here”, says Genoe, “because this is a measure that increases road safety effectively, while there is practically no impact here on mobility.”
Other significant figures and tendencies
The car is still the most popular means of transport, but the e-bike becomes more popular. More than half of the respondents has done some biking last year, mostly in the Antwerp province (68%), less in Vlaams-Brabant (45%) and only a quarter in the Walloon provinces. Bikers feel most insecure in Brussels and Wallonia.
Public transport is most popular in Brussels (63% of inhabitants use it, sometimes occasionally), around 45% of Flemish people use it sometimes, while in Wallonia 70% of the people didn’t use it at all.
12% of the respondents admits that they may have drunk too much last month before driving and one third sometimes drives too fast. 1 out of 10 still has his cellphone in his hand while driving, 1 out of 4 is calling handsfree in the car.
Finally 60% find the possible obligation of winter tyres a positive measure, but a permit with points is less popular: 44% of people in the north of Belgium would appreciate the introduction of it, only 28% in the south.