Road safety agency changes name to Vias Institute


To go along with its expanded duties, Belgium’s Institute for Road Safety will now be known as Vias

One name for all languages

The Belgian Institute for Road Safety (BIVV) has changed its name to Vias Institute. The change is a result of the latest phase of state reforms.

In the sixth set of reforms, the institute was given a wider remit of safety in general, including mobility and multi-modal transport. The latter refers to the co-ordination of trains, buses, trams and the metro as well as other forms of transport such as car-sharing and bicycle infrastructure.

“Vias is a name that’s easy to remember and to pronounce in different languages, and is also a nod towards the Latin,” explained managing director Karin Genoe (pictured). “The modern logo that goes along with the name makes it clear that we’re ready for the future.”

The agency was created in 1986 by the federal government and is based in Evere in Brussels. Its main tasks are to organise public campaigns on road safety – on drunk driving, for example, or texting while driving – and to carry out research on matters relating to mobility and traffic accidents.
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