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The European Union’s Role in Promoting the Safety of Cycling

The European Union’s Role in Promoting the Safety of Cycling

This paper builds on recent calls for the European Commission to come forward with a cycling strategy for the European Union. ETSC also supports the need for co-ordinated European action on cycling and would welcome a pan-European strategy. This paper is designed to serve as inspiration for the safety component of such a strategy. Cyclists represent 8% of all road deaths in the European Union but big disparities exist between countries. Cyclists (like pedestrians) are generally unprotected and are vulnerable in traffic. As active travel […]

Memorandum to the Slovak Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Slovak Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Slovak Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2016. These include preparing for the new EU roads package, including the safety aspects. ETSC welcomes the Slovak initiative to put traffic safety education on their Presidency agenda with an autumn conference looking at gradual and continuous training and lifelong learning. The briefing also examines the upcoming policy initiatives from the European Commission […]

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case study: Kajon Taxi

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case study: Kajon Taxi

Case study: Kajon Taxi ETSC’s PRAISE project addresses the safety aspects of driving at work and driving to work. Its aim is to promote best practice in order to help employers secure high road safety standards for their employees. In this interview, Juha Wallius from Kajon, a national taxi firm based in Finland, discusses the organisation’s approach to applying road safety risk management in a large taxi firm. FACTFILE Company: Kajon Taxi Sector: Taxi and minibus transport Fleet: 150 vehicles (4-45 passengers + wheelchair access)

10th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

10th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

In 2010, the European Union renewed its commitment to improve road safety by setting a target of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels. This target followed an earlier target set in 2001 to halve road deaths by 2010. 2015 was the second consecutive poor year for road safety; 26,300 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2015 compared to 25,970 in 2014, representing an increase of 1%. Out of the 32 countries monitored by the PIN Programme, as […]

How traffic law enforcement can contribute to safer roads (PIN Flash 31)

How traffic law enforcement can contribute to safer roads (PIN Flash 31)

Exceeding speed limits, drink or distracted driving and failure to wear a seat belt are still the leading causes of death and serious injury on European roads. Despite legislation designed to prevent all four, many drivers involved in fatal traffic collisions clearly failed to comply with one or more road traffic laws at the time of their collision. Improvements in traffic law enforcement should be part of an integrated road safety policy and have been shown to lead to rapid reductions in deaths and […]

Briefing: An EU Target to reduce Seriously Injured on the Roads

Briefing: An EU Target to reduce Seriously Injured on the Roads

Since 2010, the European Commission has been committed to introducing an EU-wide strategic target to reduce serious road traffic injuries. In 2013, the crucial common definition of serious injuries to be recorded and tracked was approved. A target was finally expected to be set in the first half of 2015, having been promised ‘shortly’ in a Commission press release of 24 March and by Commissioner Bulc’s presentation of the EC Work Programme at the Transport Committee of the European Parliament on 6 May. On […]

Making Taxis Safer: Managing Road Risks for Taxi Drivers, their Passengers and Other Road Users

Making Taxis Safer: Managing Road Risks for Taxi Drivers, their Passengers and Other Road Users

The aim of this report is to give an overview of taxi safety issues across Europe. It will look at ways of managing the risk for taxi drivers and their passengers. The report will cover taxi safety issues in Europe, national and municipal licensing rules, and the main road risks taxi drivers are exposed to. With examples from across Europe, it will encourage taxi operators to apply good practice measures for their drivers and businesses.

Prioritising the Safety Potential of Automated Driving in Europe

Prioritising the Safety Potential of Automated Driving in Europe

Automated driving technologies are already preventing collisions and deaths on our roads. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is now mandatory on all new cars sold in Europe. Automated Emergency Braking (AEB), Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and lane-keeping systems are increasingly commonplace. All these systems use technology to compensate, to some extent, for human error, taking some control away from the driver under certain circumstances. But we now stand on the verge of something much bigger. Fully autonomous vehicles may, in the near future, transform our […]

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Transport for London

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Transport for London

Case study: Transport for London ETSC’s PRAISE project addresses the safety aspects of driving at work and driving to work. Its aim is to promote best practice in order to help employers secure high road safety standards for their employees. In this interview, Glen Davies, Programme Manager, Freight & Fleet Programmes at Transport for London discusses the organisation’s approach to integrating road risk management in its supply chain for public works and contracting services. FACTFILE Company: Transport for London (2015 ETSC PRAISE Awards – Public authority […]

Position Paper: a strategy to reduce the number of people seriously injured on EU roads

Position Paper: a strategy to reduce the number of people seriously injured on EU roads

Since 2010 the number of people seriously injured in the EU has been reduced by just 1.6%, compared to an 18% decrease in the number of road deaths in the same group of countries. The majority of countries have reduced road deaths at a faster pace than seriously injured since 2001. In 2014, more than 203,500 people were recorded by the police as seriously injured on the roads in the EU, representing an increase of almost 3% compared to 2013. There is strong political […]

How safe are new cars sold in the EU? (PIN Flash 30)

How safe are new cars sold in the EU? (PIN Flash 30)

In 2014 in Europe 25,964 people died in road traffic and 203,500 were seriously injured. However, the long term safety trend has been positive, especially so for car occupants who have benefitted more than other road users from road safety measures adopted over the past decade. There were 12,345 car occupant deaths in Europe in 2012 compared with 27,700 in 2001, a cut of 55%. Other road user deaths fell by 41% over the same period. Although the reduction in deaths may be a […]

Position Paper: Review of the Pedestrian Protection Regulation 78/2009

Position Paper: Review of the Pedestrian Protection Regulation 78/2009

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to review the legislation on the protection of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users (VRUs). It is of paramount importance that the EU takes steps to improve the safety of this often neglected category of road users. In 2013, 5542 pedestrians and 2002 cyclists were killed on European Union roads.  As more car occupant deaths are prevented every year due to better in-vehicle protection, the decrease in the number of vulnerable […]

Case Study – Scotland’s new drink driving laws

Case Study – Scotland’s new drink driving laws

On the 5th of December 2014, new legislation came into force in Scotland reducing the drink drive limit from 0.8g/l to 0.5g/l. This case study gives an overview of the new Scottish drink driving laws and includes an interview with Patrick Down, a policy specialist from the Scottish Government as well as a focus on the latest developments in Northern Ireland.  

Memorandum to the Netherlands Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Netherlands Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Dutch Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2015. These include preparing for the new EU roads package, including the safety aspects. ETSC welcomes the Dutch initiative to put automated driving, including its safety potential, on their Presidency agenda. Safety must be an integral part of increasing take up of automated forms of transport. The upcoming revision of vehicle safety legislation […]

Reducing Road Risk at Work through Procurement

Reducing Road Risk at Work through Procurement

Organisations are increasingly aware of the business case for introducing road safety management programmes to reduce work-related road risk. The many benefits include reducing the numbers of preventable injuries, mitigating losses associated with collisions and boosting corporate social responsibility efforts. While efforts to manage road risk within an organisation can be driven by management in close cooperation with employees, it is also possible to exert influence throughout the supply chain. Responsibility starts with the purchaser who has a duty to ensure that the conditions […]

Briefing: TTIP and Vehicle Safety

Briefing: TTIP and Vehicle Safety

What is TTIP? The European Union and the United States are currently negotiating a joint trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) The EU’s stated goals[1] are: opening up the US to EU firms helping cut red tape that firms face when exporting setting new rules to make it easier and fairer to export, import and invest overseas. What has TTIP got to do with vehicle safety? The car industry is hoping to be one of the biggest beneficiaries from […]

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Unilever Poland

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Unilever Poland

Case study: Unilever Poland ETSC’s PRAISE project addresses the safety aspects of driving at work and driving to work. Its aim is to promote best practice in order to help employers secure high road safety standards for their employees. In this interview, Edyta Karpiuk-Jagodzinska, Safety, Health and Environment Coordinator for Poland and the Baltics at Unilever discusses how the organisation has integrated road safety into the heart of its operations. FACTFILE Company: Unilever Poland (2014 ETSC PRAISE Awards – Highly Commended) Sector: Fast Moving Consumer Goods […]

Briefing: European Commission Interim evaluation of the Policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020

Briefing: European Commission Interim evaluation of the Policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020

In June 2015, half way to 2020, the European Commission published its review of the ‘Road Safety Policy Orientations’ (RSPO), a framework with the objective of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020 published in 2010. The review consists of a set of three documents: a European Commission Staff Working Document, a European Commission Interim Evaluation Report and a study commissioned to independent expert Jeanne Breen. In 2010 the road safety community had hoped for, and expected, a new EU 10-year action programme providing […]

9th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

9th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

In 2010, the European Union renewed its commitment to improving road safety by setting a target of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels. This goal followed an earlier target set in 2001 to halve road deaths by 2010. 2014 was a bad year for road safety. 25,845 people were killed in the EU28 as a consequence of road collisions compared to 26,009 in 2013, representing a decrease of only 0.6%, compared with the decrease of 6.7% that is needed to reach the target for 2020 […]

Making Walking and Cycling on Europe’s Roads Safer (PIN Flash 29)

Making Walking and Cycling on Europe’s Roads Safer (PIN Flash 29)

Around 138,400 pedestrians and cyclists lost their lives on EU roads between 2001 and 2013. 7,600 were killed in 2013 alone. Deaths among pedestrians and cyclists, who are the most vulnerable road users and whose use of the roads is being encouraged for reasons of health and sustainability, account for 29% of all road deaths across the EU. Pedestrians killed represent 21% and cyclists 8% of all road deaths. But big disparities exist between countries. Moreover, there is a high level of underreporting of […]

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