Europe must boost safety for cyclists and walkers

Europe must boost safety for cyclists and walkers

7,600 people died in road traffic while cycling or walking in the EU in 2013 according to new research. ETSC says unprotected road users need special attention because the numbers being killed are falling more slowly than those for vehicle occupants.

Commission report gives ‘green lights’ for mandatory fitting of new safety tech

Commission report gives ‘green lights’ for mandatory fitting of new safety tech

A major new study for the European Commission has identified a range of new vehicle safety technologies that are suitable for mandatory fitting as part of a review of EU vehicle safety legislation.

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Tell the EU to Belt Up!

If seat belt reminders for all passenger seats were mandatory for new cars, 900 lives could be saved every year in the EU. Read our latest report on car occupant safety.

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The business case for managing road risk at work

Find out how to go about improving your organisation's bottom line by investing in a road safety management programme.

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Drink Driving

Stopping drink driving in Europe could save 6,500 lives every year. Find our more about how different countries across Europe are tackling the issue.

Compare countries

Our interactive maps compare countries based on their overall level of road safety in 2014, and on the improvements made since 2001.


Speed is the number one killer on Europe’s roads. Find out how Intelligent Speed Assistance for professional vehicles can help.

Drink Driving

Drink driving is reponsible for the deaths of thousands of Europeans every year. Read our report on policies being used to tackle the problem across Europe.

Vehicle Safety

According to ETSC data, around 4300 people died in collisions involving lorries in 2011. Read our briefing on EU proposals to make HGVs safer.

Latest News

EU road safety targets at risk as deaths increase in France, Germany and UK
  • 18/6/2015

Worst annual reduction in EU road deaths since 2001 25,845 people killed on roads...

Commission road safety review leaves out serious injury target
  • 11/6/2015

A long-promised EU strategic target to reduce serious road injuries has...

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In the media

“Today’s vote will help put an end to the injustice of foreign drivers escaping traffic penalties while locals get punished for the same offence. This is a long overdue change.”
Antonio AvenosoEuropean Voice
"It's regrettable that it will be several years before we see all new cars fitted with [eCall] and that other vehicles aren't covered by the legislation yet."
Antonio AvenosoBBC News
“As a whole, the EU is doing well, but to reach the 2020 target, we’re going to need a lot more effort, especially in the less well-performing countries.”
Ellen TownsendFinancial Times
"As soon as things become mandatory, the costs come down because there is such a huge interest in developing the technology."
Dudley CurtisDaily Mail
"Belgium is an average perfomer when it comes to making the traffic situation safer according to figures from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)."

Our Members

  • Norwegian Council for Road Safety
  • Finnish Motor Insurers’ Centre
  • Centre for Transport Studies, University College London
  • Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge
  • Centro Studi Città Amica (CeSCAm), University of Brescia
  • Transport Safety Research Centre, Loughborough University
  • Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • Norwegian Abstaining Motorists’ Association
  • Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency
  • Czech Transport Research Center
  • Confederation of Organisations in Road Transport Enforcement (CORTE)
  • Association Prévention Routière
  • Folksam Research
  • European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR)
  • ANIA Fondazione per la Sicurezza Stradale
  • Confederación Nacional de Autoescuelas (CNAE) (ES)
  • Catalan Traffic Service (SCT)
  • Austrian Road Safety Board – KFV
  • Hellenic Institute of Transport – Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)
  • Finnish Transport Safety Agency
  • Swiss Council for Accident Prevention
  • MOVING International Road Safety Association
  • Road Safety Institute – Panos Mylonas, Greece
  • Association in Defence of Insured and Injured in Road Accidents
  • Danish Road Safety Council
  • P.A.U. Education
  • Dutch Safety Board
  • Motor Transport Institute, Poland
  • Fundación MAPFRE
  • VdTÜV
  • Road Traffic Safety Agency of the Republic of Serbia
  • Swedish Abstaining Motorists’ Association (MHF)
  • German Road Safety Council / Deutscher Verkehrssicherheitsrat (DVR)
  • Vehicle Technology Research Centre, University of Birmingham
  • Belgian Road Safety Institute
  • Centre for Transport and Logistics (CTL), Sapienza – University of Rome
  • Health and Safety Authority, Ireland
  • Region Midtjylland – Central Region Denmark
  • Prevenção Rodoviária Portuguesa
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Road Safety Authority, Ireland
  • Automobile Club d’Italia
  • International Motorcycling Federation
  • Safer Roads Foundation
  • Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS)
  • Liikenneturva
  • Road and Safety, Poland
  • Global Road Safety Partnership
  • Auto und Reiseclub Deutschland
  • Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover
Smart move France! #drinkdriving limits for young and novice drivers drop to 0.2 g/l today. hours ago
Every week, more than 2000 people fined for using their phone while driving in Belgium hours ago
.@LucyAndersonMEP says #LetsGo for a European target to cut serious road injuries. Thank you! @TheProgressives hours ago
Good luck @RPUE_LU @eu2015lu taking over the EU presidency today. Here's our briefing: hours ago
.@MepMCramer joins calls for an EU serious injury target. Thank you for the support! @GreensEP #LetsGo hours ago
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