Duncan McKillop (left), a regular contributor to discussion threads on this newsfeed, is involved in a new initiative which is setting out to “shift the paradigm of thinking about road safety” from what it calls the “Old View” to a “New View”.
The team behind the ‘No Surprise: No Accident’ initiative comprises: Alf Gasparro, an air ambulance pilot who has “responded to hundreds of motorcycle accidents”; Kevin Williams, who offers post-test and advanced training via his school, ‘Survival Skills’; and Duncan McKillop who holds a ROSPA diploma in advanced motorcycle instruction and ran Total Control Advanced Riding Clinics in UK.
The website says the “current (road safety) system” is “based on an outdated ‘Old View’ paradigm” which “often makes unrealistic assumptions about the ability of people to conform to a rule-bound and normative ‘ideal driving’ model”.
It describes the road safety industry as “heavy on blame culture, meaning that instead of equipping drivers and riders to avoid crashes, it either deters or punishes those seen as failing to conform to the ‘ideal driving’ model, putting emphasis on fines and convictions”.
It says ‘No Surprise: No Accident’ is setting out to “change current road safety thinking by adopting a ‘New View’ of safety based on lessons learned in other industries, and in particular by recognising the limitations of human beings in operating within any driving model”.
It claims to offer “a theory that fits with scientific principles and incorporates fundamental knowledge from the fields of human factors, neuroscience, psychology and perception as well from established practice in the aviation industry”.
The website says: “We intend to create a community of like-minded people who will become the advocates and supporters of the new way of thinking.
“This critical mass of voices will put a constant and increasing pressure on decision makers to rethink and change the current approach to road safety, and will win the support of other various road safety campaigns and educate them about the benefits of the ‘New View’ of road safety.”
In terms of influencing motorcyclists the partners “intend to roll out a series of campaigns targeting the biking population convincing them to the benefits of the new thinking”.