Scientific guidelines for assessing the use of mobile phones by car drivers, cyclists and pedestrians have been issued in a new report.

The Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI), which has published the paper, says mobile phone use is an important key performance indicator for road safety.

“Mobile phones are a major source of distraction and contribute to the occurrence of accidents,” said FERSI.

“Unfortunately, most countries do not yet have a reliable picture of the size of the problem and the developments over time. FERSI considers the current guidelines as an excellent basis for collecting scientifically reliable information about this highly relevant road safety issue.”

The guidelines can be downloaded at