STIB-MIVB: ‘Tram accidents decrease for fifth year in a row’
The number of traffic accidents in which a STIB-MIVB tram was involved decreased by 30% between 2019 and 2020, despite the increased presence of (e)-bikes and other new means of transport. The declining trend was already visible year after year since 2016. The corona pandemic even contributed to the tendency because traffic, in general, was down and people tried to avoid using public transport.
However, tram traffic is not accident-free yet. In 2020, 27 accidents were registered in which pedestrians were involved, (and 19 with cyclists). These figures have been going down for five years in a row: in 2016, there were still 52 tram/pedestrian accidents; 45 in 2017, 39 in 2018, 38 in 2019, and 27 in 2020.
Herd of elephants
Autumn has come and STIB-MIVB continues its sensitizing traffic safety campaign. “Trams have priority in traffic for technical and safety reasons,” explains Amal Kammachi, risk & safety manager at the public tram company.
“A tram riding at 40 km/hour needs 40 meters to come to a standstill.” Much more than a vehicle on tires. The transport provider uses a playful illustration to deliver this message and compares the braking distance of a tram with a herd of six elephants.
Now that more and more people are on the move again, STIB-MIVB also asks people to mind the tram and be careful, especially in this season, when the rails are wet and slippery because of the falling leaves.