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International Level Crossing Awareness Day

International Level Crossing Awareness Day

June 11th, 2021

We commemorate International Level Crossing Awareness Day on June 10th (ILCAD). What is ILCAD, you might wonder? UIC has launched a global campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of level crossings. The UIC is a global railway organisation that coordinates the industry's position as it negotiates its changing relationship with the supply industry and research. 


International Level Crossing Awareness Day


Organizations in the road industry and international agencies have also been active in promoting awareness of the risks at level crossings in order to modify pedestrian behaviour and encourage them to pass safely and responsibly.

International Level Crossing Awareness Day

The International Level Crossing Awareness Day is a cooperative commitment that builds on the success of the first European Level Crossing Awareness Day, which took place in 28 countries on June 25, 2009, and raised public awareness about the hazards of misbehaviour at level crossings.

International Level Crossing Awareness Day

The sites where railway tracks cross our roads are known as level crossings. The railway is incorporated in the road surface, unlike bridges. Automatic barriers and gates can be installed at level crossings, or they can be left open with no gates or barriers.

International Level Crossing Awareness Day

At each level crossing, the railway and road sectors must assess potential risks such as poor profiles (bumps, curves), right or left turns just before or after a crossing, road and rail traffic density, potential traffic jams, visibility (bad weather conditions, railway signalling, road signs and signals), and changing environments (new buildings – shopping malls, industries, housing) a. (barriers, lights). All parties, from the rail and road sectors to local governments, should be actively engaged in ensuring more effective messages on level crossing safety.

Signs of level crossing safety:

‘Stop' is signaled by amber warning lights at road level crossings. A train is approaching.'

Nobody, not even emergency personnel, is allowed to cross when the red lights flash.

Before crossing at a level crossing, wait for the all-clear signal.

Keep an eye out for potential diversions. Loud music may prevent the driver from hearing level crossing or incoming train alarms.