ILCAD 2014 — the International Level Crossing Awareness Day

Press rele­ase
Paris, 2 June 2014

6th edi­tion of ILCAD, the Inter­na­tio­nal Level Cros­sing Awa­re­ness Day Press con­fe­rence and round tab­le, 3 June 2014, Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal

The­re are inter­na­tio­nal days dedica­ted to health and road safe­ty – in par­ticu­lar the World Day of Rememb­rance for Road Traf­fic Vic­tims ins­ti­tu­ted by the Uni­ted Nations Gene­ral Assemb­ly in 2005  – but have you heard of the Inter­na­tio­nal Level Cros­sing Awa­re­ness Day (ILCAD) coor­di­na­ted by UIC since 2009?

This cam­paign brings toget­her road and rail safe­ty experts. It was crea­ted on the basis of other awa­re­ness cam­paigns that alrea­dy exis­ted in a num­ber of count­ries such as the Uni­ted States,Canada, Aust­ra­lia and New Zealand as well as seve­ral count­ries in Euro­pe. These count­ri­es­simp­ly wis­hed to con­so­li­da­te their efforts and celeb­ra­te their achie­ve­ments during the cour­se ofo­ne day. This awa­re­ness day has been inc­reasing­ly success­ful each year and att­racts morecount­ries each time (45 last year). The new ent­rants in 2014 are Rus­sian Railways (RZD) and Viet­nam Railways (VNR).

On 3 June, UIC and key part­ners are orga­ni­sing the 6th edi­tion of ILCAD focu­sing on educa­tio­nal measu­res and the pro­mo­tion of safe beha­viour at and around level cros­sings and in the imme­dia­te vici­nity. In addi­tion to the acti­vi­ti­es regu­lar­ly orga­ni­sed throug­hout the year, a ran­ge of natio­nal events focu­sing on the joint ILCAD mes­sa­ge of “Act safely at level cros­sings!” will be held across all con­ti­nents.

On 3 June from 14:00 – 19:00, a joint inter­na­tio­nal press con­fe­rence and round tab­le will be held by UIC and REFER, the Por­tu­gu­ese railway inf­rastruc­tu­re mana­ger, in Lis­bon, to hig­h­light the impor­tance of road safe­ty at level cros­sings.

The main mes­sa­ge con­veyed through pos­ters deve­loped by UIC at this 2014 event will focus on pro­fes­sio­nal dri­vers. UIC par­ticu­lar­ly wis­hes to ack­now­led­ge the excel­lent coo­pe­ra­tion with the Inter­na­tio­nal Road Trans­port Union (IRU), who­se aim is to rai­se awa­re­ness among pro­fes­sio­nals in the road trans­port indust­ry (see UIC press rele­ase N°21/2014).

UIC also wis­hes to announce the rele­ase of the docu­men­tary film co-financed by UIC, UNECE and the Fede­ral Office of Trans­port of the Swiss Con­fe­de­ra­tion (OFT/FOT/BAV) The film pro­vi­des a non-exhaus­ti­ve pic­tu­re of safe­ty at level cros­sings around the world with the aim of raising furt­her awa­re­ness among poli­tical deci­sion-makers and the pub­lic of the cur­rent risks at level cros­sings.

The film will be used by ILCAD part­ners during press con­fe­rences, infor­ma­tion and awa­re­ness ses­sions aimed at the pub­lic and staff, and will sub­sequent­ly be broadcast in Lis­bon. Click here for a pre­view of the film: or

Final­ly UIC is ple­ased to have acti­vely cont­ri­bu­ted to the crea­tion of an inter­na­tio­nal group of experts in the area of level cros­sing safe­ty under the aus­pices of UNECE, which has held two mee­tings in 2014:

Jean-Pier­re Loubi­noux, Direc­tor Gene­ral of UIC, says that “UIC is ple­ased to have coor­di­na­ted ILCAD for six years now, a unique inter­na­tio­nal event in terms of pub­lic awa­re­ness about the risks rela­ted to the road/rail inter­face; a cam­paign which brings toget­her so many count­ries and part­ners from across the world from all diffe­rent sec­tors. We thank all the par­tici­pa­ting count­ries, REFER and pro­mi­nent spea­kers from the rail, road and ins­ti­tu­tio­nal sec­tors; from Bel­gium, Esto­nia, France, Italy, Poland, Por­tu­gal, the Uni­ted King­dom and Switzer­land who will join UIC to make this event a success.”


Tamo Vahe­mets
Ope­ra­tion Life­sa­ver Esto­nia
juha­tu­se esi­mees — tegev­juht

Täien­dav info:
UIC, Inter­na­tio­nal Union of Railways
16 rue Jean Rey; F‑75015 PARIS
Tel: + 33 1 44 49 20 91; + 33 1 44 49 20 52 ; + 33 1 44 49 21 33

Did you know?

  • UIC esti­ma­tes that the­re are over 600,000 level cros­sings (LC) in the world.
  • Accor­ding to 2012 figu­res pub­lis­hed in the Euro­pean Railway Agency (ERA) safe­ty per­for­mance report 2014:
  • 114,000 Level Cros­sings (LC) in the EU.
  • 2% dec­rease in the num­ber of LC in the EU over the last five years.
  • On ave­ra­ge one per­son is kil­led and almost one per­son is serious­ly inju­red at LC in the EU each day.
  • 573 sig­ni­ficant acci­dents resul­ting in 369 fata­li­ti­es and 339 peo­ple serious­ly inju­red.
  • The num­ber of fata­li­ti­es rep­re­sents 29% of all acci­den­tal deat­hs in the railways aga­inst 1% of road fata­li­ti­es – which is con­si­de­red a minor prob­lem for the road sec­tor but a huge prob­lem for the railways. 1% of road-user fata­li­ti­es at LC is 1% too many, which is why road and rail are wor­king toget­her.
  • Almost all acci­dents at LC (at least in Euro­pe) are cau­sed by errors or deli­berate misu­se of road users and pedest­rians who do not res­pect traf­fic signs and sig­nals. These peo­ple usu­al­ly live and work near LC.
  • These col­li­sions can cau­se dera­il­ment, death or serious injury to railway staff and train pas­sen­gers, result in post-trau­ma­tic stress and long, cost­ly and awkward delays for road and rail users, as well as expen­si­ve dama­ge to inf­rastruc­tu­re and rol­ling stock.
  • A train tra­vel­ling at 90 km/h takes up to 1200 m to stop, depen­ding on the weight of the train, whi­le a car tra­vel­ling at 100 km/h takes up to 80 m to stop.
  • A train can weigh between 130 to 6000 ton­nes, depen­ding on the type of train and the count­ry (the ave­ra­ge weight of a car in Euro­pe is over 1 ton­ne).
  • Using a level cros­sing is safe as long as users res­pect the Hig­hway Code and traf­fic sig­nals in effect.
  • Did you know that various count­ries have app­lied sanc­tions at level cros­sings in cases whe­re signs are not obser­ved? These inc­lu­de traf­fic light and speed came­ras as well as sur­veil­lance came­ras.

Note to Edi­tors:

The ILCAD ini­tia­ti­ve has been coor­di­na­ted by the Inter­na­tio­nal Union of Railways since 2009 with the sup­port of the glo­bal railway com­mu­nity (CER, EIM), and orga­ni­sa­tions such as the Euro­pean Trans­port Safe­ty Council (ETSC) and Ope­ra­tion Life­sa­ver, in order to make road users awa­re of the risks at level cros­sings.