The transport industry directly employs around 10 million people and accounts for about 5% of the GDP. The quality and cost of transport services have a major impact on the ability of businesses to compete, on economic growth and the quality of life. Enhancing safety and security in all transport modes is a key objective of the European Commission. Research and innovation can provide the solutions for safer transport in the future.
In 2011 in its "Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area - Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system (COM(2011)144)", the European Commission stated that by 2050 the EU should have become a world leader in safety and security of transport in all transport modes.
For road safety, the JRC has a key role in assuring the security and trustworthiness of the digital tachograph. The JRC is also developing innovative radar systems for maritime surveillance and safety.
The JRC contributes to aviation security by providing scientific and technical support and advice to policy makers on aspects of measurements, testing and standardisation.
More information can be found at: Aviation security
Tiredness and speeding are common causes of accidents among drivers of lorries and coaches. A digital tachograph is a physical device fitted to a commercial vehicle that digitally records its speed and distance, together with the driver's activity. It provides reliable information to inspectors responsible for enforcing EU policy through road and company checks.
The JRC's research contributes to the security and trustworthiness of the digital tachograph.
More information can be found at: Road safety: the digital tachograph
Truck on a highway.
Transport safety and security