From Skogeier.no: The forest owners federation took a year ago the initiative to set up a game and traffic safety council. Together with Norway’s Hunter and Fisheries Federation, we addressed the Ministry of Transport, where we proposed a national council in line with the Swedish Wildlife Council. This has now been followed up in the National Transport Plan, «says Vidar Holthe, advisor in the Forestry Federation.
The purpose of the council is to better coordinate the fight against game accidents.
In the National Transport Plan it says:
«Impacts of animals are a major problem in road and rail. Security is the main problem, but in both modes of transportation this is a problem with regard to animal welfare, economic consequences, traffic wreckage and human loads at the ramp.» Jernbaneverket has prepared an action plan for to reduce the extent of animal transport by train The plan will be revised in connection with the preparation of the agency’s action program.
In the National Road Safety Action Plan, prevention of animal driving is one of several topics. In order to strengthen animal welfare efforts, better coordination between different actors will be Therefore, the National Rail Administration and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration will be asked to establish a cross-sectoral council on animal driving led by the Directorate of Public Roads. «