Commission outlines plans for safer cars, vans and lorries

Industry, NGOs and cities call for urgent action on vehicle safety standards

A coalition of industry, NGOs, consumer groups and cities are calling on the European Commission to urgently bring forward new minimum safety standards for new cars, vans and trucks, after years of delays.

The business case for road safety

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Cuts to police enforcement across Europe doubly damaging for road safety

Targeted measures needed to prevent road deaths among young drivers

Zero tolerance on drink driving, additional hazard perception training and graduated driver licensing schemes should become the norm according to a new report on young drivers and riders by ETSC.

It’s time to get serious about self-driving cars

It’s time to get serious about self-driving cars

Neither the US nor European regulatory system is set up to deal with the challenge of approving self-driving technologies for public use. Read more...

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Speed is the number one killer on Europe’s roads. Find out how cutting-edge Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) technology can help.

Drink Driving

Drink driving is reponsible for the deaths of thousands of Europeans every year. Read our report on how alcohol interlocks are being used to tackle the problem.

Serious Injuries

135,000 people were serious injured on EU roads in 2014. EU Transport Ministers have called for a new EU target and measures to reduce the numbers.

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In the media

"Independent checks, or “driving tests” for automated systems and self-driving vehicles must be a pre-requisite for their use. Technologies should be approved for use on a step-by-step basis, starting with the safest environments such as motorways."
Antonio AvenosoFinancial Times
"Extensive trials of intelligent speed assistance in the UK proved that most drivers’ appreciation of the system increased as they got used to it."
Antonio AvenosoIrish Times
"Automated vehicles are already starting to appear on Europe’s roads, but regulators are still stuck in the slow lane. It is crucial that we get a much greater understanding of what the real world safety benefits would be, and what new risks would be introduced, before these vehicles are put on sale."
Antonio AvenosoThe Guardian
"Technical standards are where the EU adds value."
Antonio AvenosoFinancial Times
"This study shows that EU and US trade negotiators would potentially be putting lives in danger by allowing vehicles approved in the US to be sold today in Europe and vice-versa. What’s needed is an open and transparent process for getting both sides up to the highest level of safety across all vehicles."
Antonio AvenosoThe Independent (UK)

Our Members

  • Prevenção Rodoviária Portuguesa
  • P.A.U. Education
  • Safer Roads Foundation
  • Czech Transport Research Center
  • Towards Zero Foundation
  • Motor Transport Institute, Poland
  • Health and Safety Authority, Ireland
  • Association in Defence of Insured and Injured in Road Accidents
  • Belgian Road Safety Institute
  • Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge
  • Association Prévention Routière
  • Finnish Transport Safety Agency
  • Norwegian Council for Road Safety
  • European Driving Schools Association (EFA)
  • Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
  • AWSR – Agence wallonne pour la Sécurité routière
  • VdTÜV
  • Fundación MAPFRE
  • Vehicle Technology Research Centre, University of Birmingham
  • Norwegian Abstaining Motorists’ Association
  • Republic Council for Road Traffic Safety (RCRTS)
  • Austrian Road Safety Board – KFV
  • Centre for Transport and Logistics (CTL), Sapienza – University of Rome
  • European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR)
  • Swiss Council for Accident Prevention
  • Road Safety Support
  • Folksam Research
  • Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover
  • MOVING International Road Safety Association
  • Danish Road Safety Council
  • Region Midtjylland – Central Region Denmark
  • Global Road Safety Partnership
  • Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • Centro Studi Città Amica (CeSCAm), University of Brescia
  • Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS)
  • Hellenic Institute of Transport – Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)
  • Auto und Reiseclub Deutschland
  • Swedish Abstaining Motorists’ Association (MHF)
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency
  • Finnish Motor Insurers’ Centre
  • BeSafe
  • Road Traffic Safety Agency of the Republic of Serbia
  • German Road Safety Council / Deutscher Verkehrssicherheitsrat (DVR)
  • Transport Safety Research Centre, Loughborough University
  • Catalan Traffic Service (SCT)
  • Dutch Safety Board
  • Confederación Nacional de Autoescuelas (CNAE) (ES)
  • ARSC – Albanian Road Safety Council
  • Automobile Club d’Italia
  • International Motorcycling Federation
  • Road Safety Institute – Panos Mylonas, Greece
  • Liikenneturva
  • Fondazione Ania
  • Road Safety Authority, Ireland
#Spain: 7 in 10 drivers don't respect speed limits around schools, parks and residential areas @fmapfre3 weeks ago
Great to see @WHO endorsing Intelligent Speed Assistance as a key technology for tackling road deaths.… weeks ago
It's UN Road Safety Week @UNGRSW. Pledge to #SlowDown and Save Lives. Here's a technology that can help.… weeks ago
RT @4roadsafety: Lord Robertson welcomes the launch of the Global Network for #roadsafety Legislators & the Manifesto #4RoadSafety https://…3 weeks ago
RT @WHO_Europe: Road traffic injuries are the leading killer among children and young people aged 5–29 years #SlowDown3 weeks ago
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