The DFRS platform has signed a Collaboration Agreement with the Traveller Information Services Association (TISA), NAPCORE, DATEX II, CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium and C-Roads. The multi-party agreement, signed during the Connecting Europe Days, is a step towards a more harmonised delivery of Safety-Related Traffic Information (SRTI) in Europe.

The agreement brings together six entities to collaborate on enhancing Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) by sharing expertise and working to standardise Safety-Related Message Sets for SRTI, addressing the Delegated Regulation 886/2013, and potentially developing joint positions on relevant EU policies. The signing builds on the initial collaboration between TISA and DATEX II in 2014 when they defined key safety concepts for exchanging safety-related messages. This collaboration has continued to grow and involve more players in recent years.

“This new cooperation enables a holistic and multifaceted way of sharing data for road safety purposes. Vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, road authorities and other public authorities work hand in hand to make our European roads safer”, emphasises Joost Vantomme, Chair of DFRS and CEO of ERTICO-ITS Europe.

The agreement was signed, rather appropriately, during the Connecting Europe Days. This major mobility event, co-organised by the European Commission, connects public authorities, industry representatives and other stakeholders to exchange knowledge for a more resilient, sustainable and smart transport and mobility sector in Europe.

Read the full press release here.

Other DFRS milestones towards safer roads

This milestone advances DFRS’s pursuit to partner with other organisations to encourage safety-related data exchange. A Cooperation Agreement was previously signed with NAPCORE during the ITS European Congress 2023 in Lisbon. The collaboration fosters the exchange of best practices on the DFRS-SRTI ecosystem while leveraging NAPCORE’s role as the National Access Points’ (NAPs) harmonising actor. By working together, they strive to increase data availability and enhance the road safety data governance structure.

In its Delegated Regulation 886/2013, the ITS Directive defines a list of eight categories for the exchange of road safety-related minimum universal information. Free access to data on these events will be provided to end users, keeping safety at the forefront. DFRS is publishing eight self-declaration documents for its stakeholders that provide guidelines for sharing data on those events.