Driver compliance at railway level crossings

Tey, Li-Sian and Ferreira, Luis (2010). Driver compliance at railway level crossings. In: Australasian Transport Research Forum 2010 Proceedings. ATRF 2010: Australasian Transport Research Forum 2010, Canberra, ACT, Australia, (1-13). 29 September-1 October 2010.

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Author Tey, Li-Sian
Ferreira, Luis
Title of paper Driver compliance at railway level crossings
Conference name ATRF 2010: Australasian Transport Research Forum 2010
Conference location Canberra, ACT, Australia
Conference dates 29 September-1 October 2010
Convener Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics
Proceedings title Australasian Transport Research Forum 2010 Proceedings
Journal name ATRF 2010: 33rd Australasian Transport Research Forum
Place of Publication Canberra, Australia
Publisher Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Railway level crossings create serious potential conflict points for collisions between road vehicles and trains producing one of the most severe in all traffic crash types. There are approximately 9,400 public railway level crossings in Australia. They are protected either passively (64%) or by active/automated systems (28%). Passive protection systems provide only a stationary sign warning of the possibility of trains crossing. Their message remains constant with time. Active protection systems activate automatic warning devices (i.e., flashing lights, bells, barrier, etc.) as they detect an approaching train. This paper evaluates driver compliance towards different protection systems at railway level crossings. Field data collection using video recording was conducted to measure driver responses at crossings with different protection systems, namely: stop sign, flashing lights/bell and half boom-barrier with flashing lights. This paper describes the field data collection and analysis and subsequently draws conclusions on driver compliance with respect to different types of protection systems. The results indicate that drivers behave differently and are more compliant at actively protected crossings than at passively protected crossings.
Subjects 090507 Transport Engineering
880104 Rail Safety
880109 Road Safety
Keyword Railway level crossing
Protection systems
Driver compliance
Field survey
Video recording
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Presented during the Session "Road safety (A)".

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