Press release 19.9.2016
The Finnish Motor Insurers' Centre has already been carrying out safety work for decades. In the future, this work will be carried out under the name of the Finnish Crash Data Institute (OTI), which is more descriptive of the work we do.
The purpose of the reform is to streamline operations and to facilitate the utilisation of the date produced by the institute by various stakeholders. Previously, safety work has been carried out under the names of the Traffic Safety Committee of Insurance Companies (VALT), the Finnish Motor Insurers' Centre and Traffic Safety Unit.
In practice, OTI is a separate eight-person unit within the Finnish Motor Insurers' Centre. The majority of the employees are road safety investigators.
The institute has at its disposal not only the information about fatal accidents received from road accident investigation teams but also statistics of the approx. 100,000 annual road accidents received from insurance companies. OTI's information service is capable of extracting from the system extremely comprehensive and diverse information for decision-makers, researchers and the media, etc. free of charge. This information can be used for improving traffic safety at the level of legislation and practical measures.
OTI publishes a number of reports on the accidents investigated by road accident investigation teams, as well as annual road accident statistics every year. The accident statistics are Finland's largest road accident statistics. This information was previously published under the Finnish Motor Insurers' Centre or VALT.
OTI engages in close collaboration with other Finnish organisations and international partners.
The Finnish Crash Data Institute (OTI) works to prevent road accidents in Finland. OTI coordinates the operations of road accident investigation teams and administers the data collected in the investigations, in addition to its other traffic accident statistics. The amount and quality of the statistical data are unique by international standards. OTI provides important information that can be used to improve traffic safety at both legislative and practical levels. The institute operates as an independent unitwithin the Finnish Motor Insurers' Centre.