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Modified cross-border enforcement proposal expected

Modified cross-border enforcement proposal expected

A revised proposal to enable EU member states to enforce traffic penalties for offences committed by foreign motorists, such as speeding, is expected to be published by the European Commission later this month. The European Court of Justice ruled in May that the legal basis of the Directive on Cross-Border Exchange of Information related to road safety, which came into force in November 2013, was incorrect. The Court has granted a one-year transition period, meaning the current rules will remain in effect until May 2015. A European […]

Slovenia sets 2022 road safety target

Slovenia sets 2022 road safety target

Slovenia aims to cut road mortality to 35 deaths per million inhabitants by 2022, according to the government’s recently published road safety programme for the period 2013-2022.  According to ETSC’s latest PIN report, there were 61 road deaths per million inhabitants in Slovenia last year, higher than the EU average of 51. See National Road Safety Programme (in English)

Advice on running a road safety week offered

Advice on running a road safety week offered

Brake, the UK road safety charity, is launching a global website for anyone interested in organising a Road Safety Week or similar event in their country.  The site will provide access to resources, case studies and advice to help governments, NGOs, companies, schools, communities and local agencies organise successful road safety events and campaigns. It shares the experience of Brake, which coordinates Road Safety Week in the UK and New Zealand, and other Road Safety Week organisers around the world. The organisation will also […]

Increase in German motorway deaths

Increase in German motorway deaths

Deaths on motorways increased by 10.6% last year in Germany while the overall figure went down, according to new figures. ETSC’s German member DVR said in response that deaths are 25% higher on stretches of Germany motorways that have no speed limit compared to those with limits. See press release (in German).

UK road safety progress ‘lamentable’

UK road safety progress ‘lamentable’

ETSC’s UK member, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), has said the UK’s recent progress on road safety is ‘lamentable’ and the Government is failing to ensure Britain remains a world leader on the issue. The comments came in response to new figures that show the UK only managed to cut road deaths by 7% during the period 2010-2013, compared to a 30% drop over the previous three years. David Davies, Executive Director of PACTS said: “This Government has rejected the independent […]

New EU studies back future role for alcohol interlocks

New EU studies back future role for alcohol interlocks

Two new reports are supportive of further measures to boost the use of alcohol interlocks in passenger and goods vehicles in the EU but stop short of recommending measures that would mandate mass adoption in the short term due mainly to cost concerns. ETSC says this approach is short-sighted because mandatory use for some categories of drivers and vehicles would drive innovation, bring down costs and save many more lives. Of the two studies, carried out by Italian consultancy TRT for the European Parliament […]

New speeding campaign aims to shock

A television advertisement warning of the dangers of speeding has been banned from being shown before 9pm in Northern Ireland. The clip contains a sequence showing a class of school children preparing for a day out followed by a horrific crash where the entire group is flattened by an out-of-control car. The video is designed to draw attention to the fact that the number of children killed on roads in Northern Ireland is in fact equivalent to a whole class being killed.

Slovakia leads on cutting road deaths

Slovakia leads on cutting road deaths

26,025 people died as a result of road collisions in the EU in 2013; 199,000 seriously injured Numbers seriously injured not falling at same rate as deaths; call for EU target for 2020 Slovakia has made the most progress in saving lives since an EU target to halve road deaths by 2020 was set four years ago, according to analysis by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), authors of a new report. Data for the period 2010-2013 reveal that Slovakia made a dramatic 37% […]

Transport ministers hold back progress on lorry safety

Transport ministers hold back progress on lorry safety

EU member states have dealt a blow to plans to allow lorry makers to sell safer vehicles. Transport ministers meeting today agreed that European Commission proposals to enable, not require, manufacturers to make changes to lorry cabs that improve visibility and reduce the impact of crashes on other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists should be subject to an eight-year delay. The position of transport ministers is at odds with the European Parliament, which said in April that safer cab designs should be permitted with no […]

Quadricycle safety ‘way below’ cars says EuroNCAP

Four car-like vehicles classed as ‘quadricycles’ have performed poorly in tests carried out by the vehicle safety organisation EuroNCAP with some showing serious risks of life threatening injuries. Quadricycles are a new class of sub-compact vehicle that has emerged in Europe in recent years. Although street-legal, quadricycles do not have to pass any of the rigorous crash tests to which cars are subjected. The tested models were the Club Car Villager 2+2 LSV, the Renault Twizy 80, the Tazzari ZERO and the Ligier IXO […]

International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2014

International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2014

A new online video published today for International Level Crossing Awareness Day hopes to better inform policymakers and the public of the dangers associated with level crossings. Level crossing fact file • The International Union of Railways (UIC) estimates that there are over 600,000 level crossings in the world. • According to 2012 figures published in the European Railway Agency (ERA) safety performance report 2014: There are 114,000 level crossings in the EU; There has been a 2% decrease in the number of level crossings […]

eCall delayed until 2017

eCall delayed until 2017

The European Parliament and EU member states agreed in April on a law requiring national authorities to set up the infrastructure to handle automated emergency calls from cars. But the EU institutions still need to do a deal on a parallel piece of legislation that will require new cars to be fitted with the necessary equipment. The European Commission had originally proposed that the whole system be in place by October 2015, but pressure from manufacturers has led to a delay of at least […]

Milan congestion charge cuts crashes

Milan congestion charge cuts crashes

The number of road crashes with injuries in the Italian city of Milan has fallen by 26.3% since a road pricing scheme was introduced in January 2012.  The measure, which has overwhelming public support, has also cut emissions and increased use of public transport. The impressive results were recognised by the International Transport Forum of the OECD, at an award ceremony in Leipzig, Germany in May.  See press release

UK insurers back Autonomous Emergency Braking

UK insurers back Autonomous Emergency Braking

UK insurance companies have said mandatory fitting of automated emergency braking systems (AEB) in new cars could save 1220 lives in the UK over ten years. The systems, which variously use lasers, radar or video cameras to activate the brakes and automatically stop a car when an imminent collision is detected, were described as ‘the new seatbelt’ by Matthew Avery, director of research at the UK insurance industry’s research centre. The technology is already available as an optional extra on a number of new […]

EP elections 2014: Where do the main political groups stand on road safety?

EP elections 2014: Where do the main political groups stand on road safety?

A survey by ETSC of the main political groups in the European Parliament ahead of this month’s elections has found universal support for measures to cut deaths and the more than 300,000 serious injuries that occur on Europe’s roads each year. But the research also revealed differences across the political spectrum on which road safety measures should be introduced at the European level. ETSC welcomed the support for concrete measures to cut serious injuries, which have been falling at a slower rate than deaths. The […]

EU court says cross-border enforcement law had wrong legal basis

EU court says cross-border enforcement law had wrong legal basis

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the legal basis of the directive on cross-border enforcement of traffic offences, which came into force in November, was incorrect. In a case brought by the European Commission, the court said the correct legal basis should be transport. But, given the importance of the law for road safety, the ECJ said the current rules could stay in place while a new proposal is agreed. ETSC is calling on the EU to agree a new proposal as […]

12,000 killed in cars in EU in 2012

12,000 killed in cars in EU in 2012

Seat-belt reminder alerts in all car seats could save 900 lives a year Spain and Latvia make biggest progress in cutting car deaths Transport safety campaigners are calling on the European Union to accelerate progress on reducing the number of people killed in cars every year in the EU, as new research shows 12,345 car occupants were fatally injured in 2012. The report into trends in car occupant safety, published today by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), found that 900 lives could be […]

Intelligent speed bumps installed on the Oresund bridge

New dynamic speed bumps have been installed on the Oresund bridge between Sweden and Denmark that only activate when a car has been detected as speeding. The measure is designed to reduce the numbers of motorists who speed through the toll booths – some 200,000 a year, or 4% of cars using the bridge.

Belgium crowd-sources speed hotspots

Belgium crowd-sources speed hotspots

ETSC’s member the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BIVV-IBSR), has used a crowd-sourcing technique to aid the police in planning Belgium’s first speed enforcement ‘marathon’. Internet users were invited to send in speeding hotspots using a website with a map tool. 50,000 locations were suggested via the ‘I flash too’ website, a reference to the familiar sight of speed camera flashes. The crowd-sourcing element was added to the national enforcement marathon concept begun in Germany last year when 15,000 police officers checked 3 million cars, […]

European Parliament backs safer lorries

European Parliament backs safer lorries

The European Parliament has voted to support revised rules on the dimensions of heavy goods vehicles that will enable manufacturers to produce safer lorries. The legislation will allow for cabs with improved visibility, especially important for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in urban areas. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said: “This legislation is a step forward because it will enable innovative new designs that include crumple zones along with better visibility and protection of car occupants, pedestrians […]

#Spain: 7 in 10 drivers don't respect speed limits around schools, parks and residential areas https://t.co/r8aI1ljjFG @fmapfre3 months ago
Great to see @WHO endorsing Intelligent Speed Assistance as a key technology for tackling road deaths.… https://t.co/VMp8YwqOQQ3 months ago
It's UN Road Safety Week @UNGRSW. Pledge to #SlowDown and Save Lives. Here's a technology that can help.… https://t.co/0HPxbgyqNz3 months ago
RT @4roadsafety: Lord Robertson welcomes the launch of the Global Network for #roadsafety Legislators & the Manifesto #4RoadSafety https://…3 months ago
RT @WHO_Europe: Road traffic injuries are the leading killer among children and young people aged 5–29 years #SlowDown3 months ago
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