Wednesday, September 29, 2021

IM contribution

The usefulness of and need for Incident Management is acknowledged and IM is part of the current Cabinet policy as part of the Mobility Bill. Evaluations by Berenschot, TNO and Rijkswaterstaat, among others, have revealed the application of IM significantly shortens the length of the incident process and greatly improves the quality of the process. The use of IM saves society 150 to 200 million euros each year and makes for satisfied road users due to fewer (long) unexpected traffic jams.    

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Incident Management is a relatively cheap measure to restricting the forming of traffic jams following an incident, the ‘traffic jam suffering’ of road users and the corresponding harm it brings to our economy. Moreover, Incident Management has a high return because the faster the emergency services are on the scene the faster an incident can be processed and the shorter the ‘incident traffic jam’ lasts. It has been estimated that for each euro invested in Incident Management 4 euros is saved in terms of the costs of the traffic jam to society.

Flywheel function

Years of cooperation on IM have created tight networks that also benefit the peripheral organisations involved as well as the different levels. Incident Management was originally intended for the highways network but has also spread to provincial and municipal roads (the underlying road network).

Breeding pond

IM is also a breeding pond for new measures in the field of (operational) traffic management such as road design modifications or vehicle criteria (in respect of the vehicle condition) or road users (driving instruction adjustments) or road use (such as driving behaviour or speed).

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