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Zero stars for more Indian cars

Zero stars for more Indian cars

The latest Indian crash test results from Global NCAP released in May continue to disappoint. All five models were rated as zero star. The Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon all showed low levels of adult occupant protection. The Renault Kwid was tested in three versions, including one with airbags, but each was rated as zero star for adult safety. Commenting on the latest crash test results, David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP said: “The latest […]

Five transport ministers say it’s time for Europe to tackle serious road injuries

Five transport ministers say it’s time for Europe to tackle serious road injuries

The transport ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia have added to calls for the European Union to come forward with a target to reduce the numbers of people seriously injured in road collisions. In a declaration signed in Prague today at a meeting of the Visegrad group of countries, the ministers wrote “that traffic crashes cause an unacceptable human, social and economic loss and harm physically, psychologically and materially the victims and their relatives.” They called for a target to […]

India to require daytime lights for motorcycles

India to require daytime lights for motorcycles

India will require new motorcycles to be fitted with headlights that switch on automatically from next year in a bid to improve the visibility and safety of motorcyclists. From April 2017, powered two wheelers will need to automatically switch on the headlight when the ignition switch is turned on. The measure may actually save money once implemented because it effectively removes the need for an on/off switch for the headlights. In Europe, daytime running lights or auto-on headlights are already required on new motorcycles […]

London to require ISA on all new buses from next year

London to require ISA on all new buses from next year

Transport for London (TfL) has completed trials of Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) technology fitted to buses, proving that the technology can be used to control speeds on London’s bus network. The trials form part of the city’s commitment to halve the number of people killed and seriously injured on London’s roads by 2020. The technology was fully tested on two bus routes that included a variety of road environments and differing speed limits. All buses fitted with ISA remained within the speed limit 97-99 […]

Portugal’s penalty points system launches 1 June

Portugal’s penalty points system launches 1 June

Portugal’s long-awaited penalty points system for offences including speeding and drink driving will take effect from 1 June. The Carta de Condução por Pontos will see drivers issued with 12 points by default, with between two and six points taken away every time an offence is recorded. Drivers with only four points left will need to take additional road safety training, while those with two will have to retake the driving theory test.  Loss of all points will result in a two year driving ban, […]

France installing 10,000 dummy speed cameras

France installing 10,000 dummy speed cameras

France has begun a major programme to triple the number of ‘safety zones’ covered by its speed camera programme.  From February the government began installing 10,000 dummy cameras across the country. The move is one of a number of new measures introduced in response to two years of annual increases in road deaths. France currently has some 4,200 active speed cameras, this number is expected to increase by 500 over the next three years. But the installation of the 10,000 dummy units will see […]

Luxembourg: speed cameras now online

Luxembourg: speed cameras now online

Luxembourg added ten new speed cameras on secondary roads in May, following the successful entry-into-service of the country’s first ten devices in March. A third batch is due to become operational next year. In the first month of operation of the new network the government reported that 44,006 vehicles had been recorded for speed infractions, more than 20% of which were foreign registered vehicles mostly from Belgium, France and Germany.  

New figures show numbers speeding on motorways

New figures show numbers speeding on motorways

Data from the UK and Belgium have revealed large numbers of drivers speeding on motorways. The UK figures, released to the BBC following a freedom of information request, found that more than 2000 drivers had been fined for speeding at more than 100 mph (160 km/h) in the last year. In Belgium ETSC’s member the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI) has published results of its annual speed survey showing that 1 in 7 drivers on Belgian motorways exceeds 140 km/h, the speed limit being […]

Telematics cut speeding by 97% says UK fleet manager

Telematics cut speeding by 97% says UK fleet manager

The introduction of telematics systems in the vehicle fleet of Andrew Page, a distribution company with 900 vehicles, reduced speeding by 97% and crashes by 47% as well as reducing maintenance costs and improving fuel economy according to a report in the Financial Times newspaper. Take-up of telematics systems is increasing, with industry experts expecting them to be integral in all fleets within five and seven years’ time. Resistance amongst drivers may also be decreasing, according to the FT.  It cited a 2015 survey […]

Ford says Intelligent Speed Assistance proving popular

Ford says Intelligent Speed Assistance proving popular

Ford says 95% of customers are opting for its version of Intelligent Speed Assistance, known as Intelligent Speed Limiter, to be fitted on new Galaxy and S-Max models sold in Europe. The announcement was made at an ETSC event organised together with the Irish Road Safety Authority (RSA) in Dublin in April.  Ford says the technology will soon be available on a third model, the Edge four-wheel drive. A new report from the RSA launched at the conference revealed that between 2008 and 2012, […]

21 September 2016 – European Day Without A Road Death

21 September 2016 – European Day Without A Road Death

TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, is planning a new road safety campaign day known as Project EDWARD – European Day Without A Road Death. The organisation hopes to interest policymakers, road safety professionals, politicians, police officers, manufacturers and the general public to raise awareness of the 2020 target to reduce road deaths. There is already support from all 30 TISPOL member countries, and a growing number of road safety organisations, including ETSC have pledged to work with TISPOL to promote the message as […]

Automated vehicles need ‘driving tests’

Automated vehicles need ‘driving tests’

EU rules on safety approvals for new cars will need to be revised to include ‘driving tests’ for automated and fully-autonomous vehicles according to a new report from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). ETSC says the EU is far from answering the many research and regulatory questions that must be considered before automated and autonomous vehicles can be put on sale. The report says the priority must be ensuring that the promised safety benefits are delivered in real world driving. One challenge will […]

New York State to consider ‘textalyser’ technology

New York State to consider ‘textalyser’ technology

Two New York State politicians, together with a road safety advocacy organisation are aiming to introduce a new law requiring police to scan drivers’ mobile phones for possible activity in the run up to collisions. The proposed legislation is linked to development of technology nicknamed a ‘textalyser’ which claims to be able to scan a mobile device for recent activity such as calling or texting, without releasing personal information. The system could be carried out by police at the crash site, much as drivers […]

Commission publishes first official serious injury figures as 275 MEPs back EU target

Commission publishes first official serious injury figures as 275 MEPs back EU target

The European Commission, for the first time, published a figure last month for the number of people seriously injured on Europe’s roads : 135,000 in 2014. The release of the data required the adoption, by all EU member states, of a standardised medical definition of what constitutes a serious road injury, as well as a standardised way of collecting the statistics. ETSC welcomed this long overdue and positive step in the right direction, but says a long term target and specific measures to reduce […]

Opinion: 100 issues later, what’s changed since the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor?

Opinion: 100 issues later, what’s changed since the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor?

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director There was no email version, not even an email address to write to or website to check for updates. None of the articles were tweeted or shared on facebook as Mark Zuckerberg was only ten years old. Google was not yet a verb. Browsing through the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor newsletter this week felt like examining a document from another age. It was published in December 1994, around eighteen months after ETSC was founded ‘in response to the […]

Italian senate passes ‘road murder’ law

Italian senate passes ‘road murder’ law

All road collisions that result in death or serious injury will be treated by police as an indictable offence, and those convicted will be subject to much tougher sentencing after a new ‘road murder’ law was passed by the Italian Senate last month. The new law, which has taken several years to pass all the necessary legal hurdles, could mean 12 years in prison for drivers found guilty of killing while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The first arrest under the new […]

Euro NCAP says no progress on quadricycles

Euro NCAP says no progress on quadricycles

Small city cars classified as heavy quadricycles still have ‘fundamental’ safety problems according to Euro NCAP. The organisation says safety equipment is sparsely fitted to these vehicles and the results show little improvement since the last tests performed in 2014. The crash test results of the selected vehicles – Aixam Crossover GTR, Bajaj Qute, Chatenet CH30 and Microcar M.GO Family – show the standard of protection offered to the driver is still generally very low, leading to serious risks in collisions with other vehicles […]

Germany makes it easier to introduce 30km/h limits near schools

Germany makes it easier to introduce 30km/h limits near schools

German state transport ministers have approved legal changes that will allow for easier application of 30km/h limits near schools and hospitals. The change, announced one year ago by transport minister Alexander Dobrindt, means local authorities no longer need to show that the road in question is already a hotspot for collisions. Meanwhile, in Ireland, Moyagh Murdock, head of the Road Safety Authority, an ETSC member, has said 30km/h should become the default speed limit in Irish towns and cities.

Mobile use at the wheel doubles crash risk – US study

Mobile use at the wheel doubles crash risk – US study

Drivers more than double their crash risk when they choose to engage in distracting activities that require them to take their eyes off the road, such as using a mobile phone, reading or writing, or using touchscreen menus on a vehicle instrument panel, according to new American research. The authors of the study say drivers engage in some type of distracting activity more than 50 percent of the time they are driving. “These findings are important because we see a younger population of drivers, […]

Urgent action needed on road safety as new figures show increase in deaths

Urgent action needed on road safety as new figures show increase in deaths

ETSC says the European Commission must stop delaying new road safety policy measures if it is to help reverse an increase in deaths on EU roads. Within the last year, the European Commission was expected to come forward with revisions to vehicle safety, pedestrian protection and infrastructure safety rules as well as a new target and measures to reduce serious road injuries.  Proposals on all four have been delayed, and it is not clear when they will see the light of day. Antonio Avenoso, […]

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