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Larger range of cars now offering Intelligent Speed Assistance

Larger range of cars now offering Intelligent Speed Assistance

Citroën, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are the latest brands to launch vehicles with Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA). The Citroën C3 is the first supermini class car to feature an ISA system that helps drivers keep within speed limits.  The Citroën system shows the current speed limit and then lets the driver choose if they would like to set the speed limiter to the new limit. ETSC says this additional step is unnecessary and could dissuade drivers from engaging the system. Other recent models from the […]

France to restrict smart phone apps from sharing temporary police check locations

France to restrict smart phone apps from sharing temporary police check locations

France has notified the European Commission that it intends to introduce measures to prevent driving apps from sharing the location of temporary police checks and mobile safety cameras. Apps and portable GPS devices that show the location of fixed safety cameras are already prohibited in France. The new measures would enable the police to block zones of 20km across for a period of 24 hours to prevent sharing of the location of temporary controls via apps such as Waze and Coyote. The government says […]

WHO backs ISA

WHO backs ISA

The World Health Organisation has backed in-car technologies including Intelligent Speed Assistance and Autonomous Emergency Braking as key measures for cutting the 1.25 million deaths that occur  on roads across the globe each year. In a new report published to coincide with the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week in May the organisation also recommended infrastructure changes, appropriate speed limits and automated and manual enforcement. The WHO says excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to one in three road traffic deaths worldwide. “Speed is at […]

Transport ministers ask European Commission to ‘accelerate’ work on new vehicle safety rules

Transport ministers ask European Commission to ‘accelerate’ work on new vehicle safety rules

Ministers of transport from the 28 EU countries have backed a range of measures to reduce deaths and serious injuries linked to speeding in a declaration issued at an informal meeting in Malta in March. In the ‘Valetta Declaration on Road Safety’, ministers undertake to “expand and integrate reduced speed limits such as 30km/h, into high risk areas” and call on the European Commission to accelerate work on new vehicle safety requirements which were last updated in 2009. The declaration also calls for technologies […]

Lithuania plans roll-out of time-over-distance cameras

Lithuania plans roll-out of time-over-distance cameras

The Lithuanian Road Administration has published a draft list of 25 stretches of roads where it plans to install safety cameras that detect average speed. The country has been trialling the system on a dangerous stretch of the Via Baltica motorway since last year – and will now expand the programme. Research carried out in Belgium and Scotland in 2015 has shown that time-over-distance cameras have considerable safety benefits.   An extensive Norwegian study published in 2014 found the introduction of the system reduced […]

UK survey reveals many drivers exceeding 20 mph limits

UK survey reveals many drivers exceeding 20 mph limits

A survey commissioned by road safety charity Brake has found that more than half (52%) of UK drivers admit to speeding in 20 mph zones. The survey of 2,000 drivers also showed that 8 in 10 (78%) think traffic is too fast in their neighbourhood for the safety of children on foot or bike. According to Brake, research has found that children cannot judge the speed of approaching vehicles travelling faster than 20mph, so may believe it is safe to cross when it is […]

Shock or humour? Belgian campaign lets the viewer decide

Shock or humour? Belgian campaign lets the viewer decide

Does graphic imagery and a serious message work better than light-hearted themes when it comes to successful campaigns to change road user behaviour? A new Belgian campaign has been launched with two endings and viewers are being asked to vote for the most effective. The social media campaign begins in a car with a young driver and passengers. The passengers encourage the driver to slow down, but he initially ignores them. To select what happens next, log on to https://www.ralentissezsinon.be/ and pick your ending. […]

Ireland considers linking speeding fines to income

Ireland considers linking speeding fines to income

Ireland’s Road Safety Authority (RSA), an ETSC member, says it is seriously considering making proposals to link speeding fines to income. The announcement follows changes to the structure of speeding fines in the UK that came into force last month. The UK has had income-linked speeding fines for some time, but the levels were increased last month for the most serious offences.  Drivers can now be fined up to 175% of their weekly income, for example for driving at 101 mph on the motorway […]

Opinion: Free mobile roaming shows the EU can be a consumer champion; safer cars should be next

Opinion: Free mobile roaming shows the EU can be a consumer champion; safer cars should be next

By Antonio Avenoso, ETSC Executive Director It’s done. A defining moment in the history of the European Union took place earlier this month. No, not the UK’s Article 50 letter, nor Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the first round of the French presidential election.  On 25 April, EU member states approved a final deal to end mobile phone roaming charges from June this year.  Could this small victory for consumers signal the start of a new chapter for the EU? So often seen as technocratic […]

Fatigue risk from new driver hours rules

Fatigue risk from new driver hours rules

More than a thousand bus, coach, truck drivers and their union representatives gathered outside the European Commission’s HQ in Brussels earlier this week in protest over fears that new EU rules will lead to shorter rest times and increased fatigue. The European Transport Workers Federation, a trade union, says the European Commission’s new Road Initiative , expected to be launched on 31 May, contains a bundle of measures meant to shorten weekly rest periods for drivers and extend their driving time. The ETF says […]

France: Call for presidential candidates to back mobile phone driving ban for employees

France: Call for presidential candidates to back mobile phone driving ban for employees

Association Prévention Routière, ETSC’s French member organisation, has published a list of road safety priorities for the Presidential election candidates. The proposals include a ban on use of mobile phones while driving by all company employees and a target of zero children killed on French roads. Some major corporations have already banned their employees from using mobile phone (including hands free kits) at the wheel, including Unilever, the multinational consumer goods company. The manifesto was sent to all presidential candidates. Eight out of eleven […]

Netherlands and Spain advance autonomous vehicle plans

Netherlands and Spain advance autonomous vehicle plans

The Netherlands may soon allow testing of autonomous vehicles without a driver on board and the Spanish government is working on a strategic plan for driverless and connected vehicles. Autonomous car tests have been possible in the Netherlands since 2015, though a driver was required to be in the driving seat at all times. The new proposal from transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen is for cars to operate with a “remote driver”. Companies will have to apply for a special license which will […]

Nominations now open for European road safety at work awards

Nominations now open for European road safety at work awards

ETSC has launched nominations for this year’s PRAISE awards in recognition of organisations that have made an outstanding commitment to improving work-related road safety. The competition is divided into three separate categories according to the size and type of the applicant organisations: SME (Small-Medium Enterprise), large company and public authority. The winners will be chosen by an independent panel of experts appointed by ETSC. Prioritising road safety can help the bottom line, improve working conditions for staff, and boost customer satisfaction. Winners are invited to a high-profile event in Brussels, which […]

UK House of Lords reality check on self-driving cars

UK House of Lords reality check on self-driving cars

A new report published by the UK’s upper house of parliament has warned that the safety and economic benefits of automated vehicles are unproven and urges the government to “not lose sight” of other possibilities to reduce road casualties. The sixty page report for the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee says the government needs to implement a ‘joined-up’, wider transport strategy that puts the development of autonomous vehicles within the context of broader goals. The current approach, focussing on autonomous passenger […]

Tunnel named in memory of Panos Mylonas

Tunnel named in memory of Panos Mylonas

A major new highway was inaugurated in Greece earlier this month running between Corinth and Patra. One of the tunnels along the route has been named in memory of Panos Mylonas, whose death in 2004 in a road crash inspired the creation of the road safety organisation RSI Panos Mylonas, ETSC’s long-standing member organisation in Greece. Vassiliki Danelli-Mylona, Panos’s mother and the organisation’s founder told Greek media: “It’s a special moment, very emotional for us and a vindication that strengthens us and gives us […]

ETSC outlines ways of reducing deaths in single motor vehicle collisions

ETSC outlines ways of reducing deaths in single motor vehicle collisions

A third of road deaths in the EU happen in collisions that involve a single motorised vehicle where the driver/rider and/or passengers are killed but no other road users are involved. These Single Vehicle Collisions (SVCs), and how to prevent them occurring, are the subject of a new report from ETSC, published today. Nearly 7300 road users lost their lives in 2015 in SVCs in the EU with around 100,000 such deaths occurring over the last ten years according to the data revealed in […]

32 Dutch organisations call for increased enforcement on road safety

32 Dutch organisations call for increased enforcement on road safety

Road safety experts including the Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV), drivers groups, insurers, cities and other stakeholders including the public prosecutor’s office have published a road safety manifesto for The Netherlands in response to poor recent performance by the country in cutting road deaths. Road deaths in The Netherlands increased by 9% in 2015, and declined by just 3% over the five years 2010-15. The coalition is calling for better enforcement of drink driving offences, improvements to infrastructure – especially for cyclists, 30km […]

New Spanish safety cameras to detect seat belt use

New Spanish safety cameras to detect seat belt use

Spain has installed 225 new safety cameras this month that can detect whether or not drivers are wearing a seat belt. The cameras are being installed at high-risk sites and areas with high traffic concentration. For the first two months after the launch, drivers pictured without a seat belt will be sent a warning letter. After that, fines of EUR 200 will be issued along with the loss of three driving license points. According to official figures for 2015, 22% of deaths on inter-urban […]

Mandatory helmets for under-12s in France

Mandatory helmets for under-12s in France

Children under twelve are now required to wear a cycle helmet in France under legal changes that came into force on 22 March. Spain began requiring helmets for under-16s in 2014, and a number of other EU member states have had bicycle helmet laws for youngsters for several years including Sweden, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. In Malta, all riders are required to wear a helmet.

UK: New drivers caught using phones to lose license

UK: New drivers caught using phones to lose license

Drivers in England, Scotland and Wales caught using their phones at the wheel within two years of passing their test will have their driving license taken away under a new law that came into force on 1 March. Penalties for other drivers have also been doubled to GBP 200 and six penalty points. Responding to the new British law, the Irish transport minister Shane Ross said he is open to imposing similar measures in Ireland. ETSC’s German member DVR called in January for fines […]

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