Mobility minister plans to test drones in traffic incidents
Flanders’ mobility minister told parliament that the federal police are already willing to work with other agencies on using drones to help manage road incidents
Bird’s eye view
Socialist member Joris Vandenbroucke was enquiring about progress on the installation of a central accident director, as promised by Weyts’ predecessor, Hilde Crevits. An accident director would take control over major accident scenes such as the one in Wetteren in July when a lorry struck a bridge support and caused hours of traffic chaos.
The director’s arrival is still a long way off, as a working group continues to consider the question, Weyts said, but drones are now being considered. According to Weyts, talks are taking place about the rules of engagement, with the federal police already willing to co-operate. A test project would involve the mobility department, the roads and traffic agency, the traffic police and the directorate-general of airspace.
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