BestPoint. Criteria for BEST Practice Demerit POINT Systems. Deliverable 3. The BestPoint Handbook. Getting the best out of a Demerit Point System.

European countries aimed at tackling repeat offences in road transport by acting as a deterrent and providing sanctioning. The impact of a Demerit Point System (DPS) on the number of crashes is often reported to be significant but temporary. In this context the objective of the EU project BestPoint was to establish a set of recommended practices that would result in a more effective and sustainable contribution of DPS's to road safety. The BestPoint Handbook presents recommended practices for designing and implementing a DPS to ensure the largest possible safety benefit. It is based on evaluation studies, psychological and learning theories, expert experiences and considerations, and information about current practices as described in two extensive project deliverables. Aspects that are presented include: (1) basic design characteristics, e.g. offences to be included, points to be assigned, road user groups to be distinguished, as well as determining thresholds for intermediate measures and consequences when reaching the maximum number of points; (2) accompanying measures, like warning letters, driver improvement courses, general information and communications, and enforcement; (3) measures to regain a licence, e.g. driving test, medical and psychological tests, and rehabilitation courses; and (4) administrative and organisational issues. Subsequently, there are seven chapters, elaborating on the various sub-elements of a Demerit Point System. In each of these chapters the central question is "How to get the best out of a DPS": I. Demerit Point Systems: overall features and facts; II. Offences and penalty points; III. Road user groups; IV. The role of enforcement and communications; V. Applying intermediate and rehabilitation measures; VI. Organising, administering and monitoring a DPS; VII. Future perspectives: towards an EU DPS? Finally, chapter VIII summarises those features and elements that can be considered to be essential for an effective and manageable DPS.

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    • Co-funded by the European Commission Project No. MOVE/SUB/2010/D3/300-1/S12.569987-BestPoint
  • Corporate Authors:

    European Commission

  • Authors:
    • van Schagen, Ingrid
    • Machata, Klaus
    • Goldenbeld, Charles
    • Jost, Graziella
    • Klipp, Simone
    • Vlakveld, Willem
    • Winkelbauer, Martin
  • Publication Date: 2012-8


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 35S

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  • Accession Number: 01517483
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit (KfV)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 7 2014 6:37AM