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Eric Sampson

Member of the Transport Policy Panel

Eric Sampson

Eric retired from the Department for Transport in November 2006.  

At DfT he worked in the Marine, Highways, Rail and Safety Directorates, as well as The Coastguard Agency.  He was the lead UK negotiator for the 1990 EU Transport Telematics Programme (DRIVE 2) and has served as Deputy Chief Scientist responsible for DfT interest in the EC 4th R&D Framework Programme; and generally developing the contribution of science and technology to transport policies.  

In 1997 Eric was appointed Director of Road User Charging Research and in 2000 set up the Transport Technology and Standards Division working on information systems, road user charging, smart cards, vehicle safety and innovative transport technologies. 

Eric has a strong interest in developing academic–industrial collaboration.  

In 1992 he convened the Waterloo Conference which led to the formation of ITS–UK; he was also a founder member of the international study group that led to the formation of ERTICO – “ITS-Europe” – and has been a member of the ERTICO Supervisory Board and then its Chairman.  

In 1999 he set up the Transport Card Forum, another body of 100+ academic and industrial bodies working together on common problems.  In February 2005 DfT agreed that he could accept the University’s invitation to be a Visiting Professor, the first such appointment in DfT.

Although Eric theoretically retired in November 2006 he was elected Chairman of ITS-UK in May 2007.  He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2007.