Transport sector wants to disconnect use of apps
In the Netherlands the federation of the transport sector, Transport and Logistics (Transport en Logistiek Nederland, TLN), is calling on making the use of apps while driving technically impossible. “We notice a growing number of accidents, often due to distraction in traffic”, says Arthur Van Dijk, chairman of TLN.
Mobility organization ANWB, the organization for safe traffic in the Netherlands (Veilig Verkeer Nederland), and the foundation for scientific research for traffic safety (Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Verkeersveiligheid, SWOV) have discovered that the use of the smartphone plays a major part in numerous accidents. They’re happy with TLN’s initiative. They rather would go one step further and even forbid calling hands free.
Making the use of apps impossible while driving should be perfectly possible, according to TLN chairman, Van Dijk. “Sensors in the smartphone could measure the car’s speed and automatically disconnect the smartphone once a particular speed is exceeded.”
There already exists a technical device to fight ‘apping’ – using apps – while driving: the so-called SaveDrivePod. A tiny device with a bluetooth connection to the smartphone. As soon as the car is driving at a 10 kph speed, the SaveDrivePod is activated and switches of the smartphone. Only handsfree calling and using a navigation app is still possible.
Members of TLN can order the small device, but Van Dijk thinks a total ban on the use of apps is more effective. Until then, the chance of being caught should be increased.
Most frequently occurring infringements
“Distraction is the spearhead of the traffic police and it is also one of the most frequently occurring infringements. In 2016 59.819 drivers were fined (230 euro) for the use of their smartphone while driving, in 2017 the number already went up to 74.561.
“It is not obvious to catch truck drivers red-handed because of the height of their cabin, but sometimes touring cars are used to be able to look into the cabin”, says a spokesperson of the police. “In the future we will use smart cameras to detect calling and ‘apping’ drivers.”