EUROPEAN CALL FOR ADVANCED SAFETY PACKAGE ON ALL NEW CARS
EU member states have given strong backing to a package of new minimum vehicle safety standards. If this legislation is passed, it will prevent 25,000 people from dying over 16 years – a massive step forward for road safety. Contact us for more information Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council said: “We strongly urge members of the European Parliament to guarantee this package is passed without being watered down. “Car manufacturers are relentlessly campaigning to weaken the proposals by removing key life-saving technologies such as Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), and by deprioritising others, such as...
Safer Roads International Conference: Call for Proposals
Call for Proposals are Now open The Safer Roads International Conference is a triennial event for roadway safety professionals and transportation officials from around the globe. The conference brings together industry leaders, government officials, corporate roadway department personnel, and others in the roadway safety infrastructure industry, with a focus on improving processes and communication to work more efficiently. For the first time in the conference's history, the 2020 International Safer Roads Conference will be held in the United States. Hosted by the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), the International Safer Roads Conference is viewed as a must-attend conference...
Last Night the EU Saved My Life: ETSC launches new campaign in support of future EU vehicle safety
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has launched a new social media campaign in support of future EU vehicle safety standards. In May this year the European Commission announced a significant proposal to upgrade mandatory vehicle safety standards for all new cars, vans, lorries and buses sold in the EU. The combination of new standards and technologies could save 25,000 lives in the EU between 2022 and 2037 according to an official study. Minimum EU safety standards for new vehicles have gone largely unchanged since 2009. In particular the campaign emphasizes the importance of safer car and lorry fronts and the life-saving potential...
Agencies collaborate to focus on road safety
Central government and private industry, including WDM® USA, have joined forces in a world-first investigation to assess braking distances on our unique chipseal roads. The NZ Transport Agency project, which was carried out by WSP Opus and supported by the New Zealand Police and Upper Hutt City Council, sought to identify whether bitumen tracking that occurs during warm summer months is a safety issue. Peter Cenek, WSP Opus Project Director, says that when the bitumen binder becomes soft when temperatures are high, it adheres to vehicle tyres and is spread along the road, resulting in the wheelpaths becoming...
HIGH FRICTION SURFACING SCRIM® PERFORMANCE - MARK STEPHENSON (WDM®)
Mark Stephenson, Head of Consultancy Services at WDM®, gave delegates at the Road Surface Treatment Association seminar an insight into the research carried out on the effectiveness of high friction surfacing. WDM® have measured the in-service sideway force coefficient, or wet skidding resistance of HFS, across the UK and expanding to the US. The data collected supports the view that HFS provides the best long-term solution for achieving the necessary SCRIM® road survey machine values across the network particularly where a SCRIM® value above 0.5 is required i.e. on approaches to crossings, junctions and roundabouts. Watch...
THE COMPLETE MANAGEMENT SOLUTION
WDM USA offers the complete highway asset management solution and has built and successfully tested the first SCRIM road survey machine for use in the United States. This has been trialled in five states by Virginia Tech and rated “exceptional” in quality by the US Federal Highways Administration.
The Company is committed to helping improve road safety and saving lives and will operate its own road survey machine in the US from 2019.
WDM USA’s parent company, W.D.M. Limited, is a leading manufacturer and provider of highway condition surveying and monitoring equipment, with a unique understanding of highway maintenance and road asset management, supported by unrivalled experience and technical expertise.
SCRIM® celebrates 50th anniversary
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SCRIM® road survey vehicle, we shared a SCRIM fact each week during 2017.
Fact #52: In 1990 WDM® was the first to have traffic management employed when SCRIM® measured surface friction of roads in Singapore. Police outriders stopped traffic at junctions to allow the survey to continue without interruption.
WDM® operates a fleet of survey vehicles to provide safe, reliable and cost effective assessment of road conditions.
WDM® systems link road condition data with accidents, structures, customer services, inventory, road maintenance and other data.
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WDM® expertise is widely recognised in the field of pavement, road and highway survey equipment design.
The WDM® consultancy service was developed to help clients maximize the use of survey data.