RIDERSCAN launches new questionnaire on training, testing and licencing

Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) users are facing new rules on licence categories and PTW entitlement resulting from the implementation of the 3rd Driving Licence Directive which came into force on 19th January 2013. The changes will affect all riders who haven’t yet acquired their full A category motorcycle licence. The brand new questionnaire, which can be found here, aims to gather evidence from riders across Europe to gauge how the new rules affect them in practice. Read more

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Intelligent Transport System for PTWs User Survey

The ITS user survey aimed at capturing riders’ attitudes towards safety systems at large. Specific interest was directed at identifying: rider subgroups with different attitudes towards safety and safety systems/devices; national differences within Europe with reference to an average European sample; systems/functions appreciated by riders and systems/functions considered dangerous and/or useless by riders.

The survey consisted of two parts:

  • A section on the characterization of the respondent in terms of demographic variables, riding experience and PTW usage, using the same questions as in the Motorcycling Survey and with a specific statement on technology/accidents aimed at interpreting riders’ answers according to overall technology acceptance views.
  • A section dedicated to safety systems/devices. The respondent was asked to rate each system/device on a 6-grade scale ranging from dangerous to essential for safety.

The list in the second section consisted of the systems/functions identified by the Monash University review1 and those initially evaluated / surveyed in the SAFERIDER project2. A description of each system/function was provided for reference during the course of answering the questionnaire. The list was structured according to the functional/ kind of support purpose of the systems/functions to facilitate understanding. The following classification scheme was used: (1) rider warnings and information systems; (2) maintenance and diagnostic; (3) lighting and visibility; (4) braking; (5) stability and balance; (6) rider fitness; (7) passive (post-crash) systems; (8) communication between vehicles (V2V) and (9) communication between vehicles and infrastructure (V2I). Technically speaking, the list included both systems currently available on the market and systems not available for powered two-wheelers or even not available at all for road vehicles. The latter group includes systems currently being researched and thus only general features were available to describe their performance.

The survey was open to the general public, though identification was required to participate, allowing the questionnaire to be completed in stages and preventing the same respondent answering more than once. To facilitate participation, the questionnaire was available in the following national languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish. The survey was advertised at national level through FEMA member associations and partnerships with main national motorcycle magazines.

The survey attracted the interest of 7677 riders all over Europe, though only 4845 actually completed the questionnaire.

In order to obtain European results exactly reflect the actual population and to gain a representative data set, the results were weighted using the number of motorcyclists accidents by country. The data analysis was done by the University of Firenze (UNIFI).

Download the result of the survey: annex 3: Intelligent Transport System for PTWs User Survey - A user priority rating of ITS for motorcycling