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Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: ESB

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: ESB

Case study: ESB 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, Grainne Coogan, Road Safety Bureau Communications Officer at ESB, a major Irish company involved in the production, supply, distribution and maintenance of electricity throughout Ireland and internationally, discusses how the organisation got to grips with road safety management and cut incidents dramatically over a […]

Managing the Road Risk of Van Fleets

Managing the Road Risk of Van Fleets

The purpose of this report is to give an overview of van safety issues in Europe, and to encourage and enable van fleet operators to navigate European legislation and apply good practice measures for their drivers and businesses. In line with frameworks such as ISO 39001 or the Haddon Matrix, the report focuses on the business case, vehicle management, journey management and compliance-led driver management. While ETSC believes it is in the public interest to tackle safety issues associated with this vehicle category at […]

Case Study – Alco Gates in Sweden

Sweden has long been a forerunner in the fight against drink driving. In 1999 the country was one of the first EU member states to introduce alcohol interlocks as part of rehabilitation programmes for drink drivers. In 2013, Sweden went a step further and ran a pilot project to introduce a fast-moving automated ‘Alco Gate’ at the Port of Gothenburg. This briefing explores the background to the project and its results, which could have positive future implications for drink driving policy in Sweden and […]

Memorandum to the Italian Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Italian Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Italian Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2014. These include securing agreements on EU legislation on automated in-vehicle emergency calling (eCall) and safer lorry design. The Italian Presidency must also strongly support efforts to reach an agreement on a new proposal on the Cross Border Enforcement Directive. The briefing also examines the main recent policy initiatives from the European Commission […]

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Iron Mountain

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Iron Mountain

Case study: Iron Mountain 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, Rory Morgan, National Logistics General Manager for Iron Mountain, a global information storage and management company, explains how investing in road safety management has brought major business benefits. Factfile Company: Iron Mountain Sector: Information storage and management Fleet: 500 vehicles across Western […]

The Business Case for Managing Road Risk at Work

The Business Case for Managing Road Risk at Work

This report gives an overview of the business case for employers to invest in a Work-Related Road Risk Management (WRRRM) programme. It finds that the financial and other benefits of such a programme could outweigh the costs of implementation. The other benefits such as increasing efficiency in organisational management and administration are also detailed. The report shows that, by investing in work-related road safety (WRRS), employers can also gain a competitive advantage as well as fulfilling their legal compliance obligations. The report covers a list of possible costs and the […]

8th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

8th 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. The rankings presented in Part I show the latest developments in road safety in 2013, the third annual step toward the 2020 target. Progress since 2001, the base year of the earlier 2010 target, is also shown to indicate the longer […]

Briefing on the Cross Border Enforcement Directive

Briefing on the Cross Border Enforcement Directive

The CBE Directive and why it is important for road safety The Directive on the Cross-Border Exchange of Information related to road safety 2011/82 has set up a procedure for the exchange of information on eight road traffic offences including those linked to the main road risk factors: speeding, non-use of a seat-belt, failing to stop at a traffic light, drug-influenced and drink-driving, failing to wear a helmet, use of a forbidden lane and illegally using a mobile phone. Through the legislation, Member States are […]

Ranking EU Progress on Car Occupant Safety (PIN Flash 27)

Ranking EU Progress on Car Occupant Safety (PIN Flash 27)

Around 240,000 car occupants were killed in road collisions in the EU in the years 2001-2012. There were 12,345 deaths in 2012 compared with 27,700 in 2001 (1), a cut of 55%. Deaths of car occupants were cut by more than the overall death rate (49%) and substantially more than the rate for other road users (41%). Car occupants have therefore benefitted more than other road users from road safety measures adopted over the past decade. This is not surprising, as many of those […]

Response to the European Commission’s Urban Mobility Package

Response to the European Commission’s Urban Mobility Package

The European Commission adopted its urban mobility package on the 17th of December 2013. With 11,000 deaths on the road in urban areas across the EU in 2012, improving road safety in cities has been recognised as a political priority. The new Eurobarometer survey also shows that a large majority of European citizens (73%) considers road safety to be a serious problem in cities. The EU set a goal in the Transport White Paper to: “move towards the target of zero fatalities in road […]

The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – Safeguarding Safety

The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – Safeguarding Safety

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement that is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. It aims to remove trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors including passenger cars. The EU and the U.S. also want to tackle barriers such as differences in technical regulations, standards and approval procedures. In this briefing, ETSC stresses that, it is essential that common vehicle safety standards are moved up, not down. ETSC emphasises that there is […]

Weights and Dimensions of Heavy Goods Vehicles – Maximising Safety

Weights and Dimensions of Heavy Goods Vehicles – Maximising Safety

In this briefing, ETSC makes the case for supporting the redesign of the front end of HGVs to reduce the current risks to both car occupants and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists (VRUs). A change in design could have a significant impact on the number of deaths and serious injuries involved in collisions with HGVs.

Memorandum to the Greek Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Greek Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Greek presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2014. These include securing agreements on EU legislation on automated in-vehicle emergency calling (eCall) and safer lorry design. We also examine the main recent and forthcoming policy initiatives from the European Commission including progress on in-vehicle safety technologies such as Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) for professional vehicles and alcohol interlocks for certain vehicle […]

Manifesto for the 2014 European Parliament Elections

Manifesto for the 2014 European Parliament Elections

Ahead of the European elections in May 2014, ETSC has identified speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, infrastructure safety and the safety of vulnerable road users as priority areas for action during the mandate of the next European Parliament.

FAQ: Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA)

FAQ: Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA)

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) is the term given to a range of devices that assist drivers in choosing appropriate speeds and complying with speed limits. Intelligent Speed Assistance technologies bring speed limit information into the vehicle. Drivers receive the same information that they see (or sometimes miss seeing) on traffic signs through an onboard communication system, helping them to keep track of the legal speed limit all along their journey. Information regarding the speed limit for a given location is usually identified from an […]

Position Paper: Proposal to Amend Maximum Weights and Dimensions of Vehicles

Position Paper: Proposal to Amend Maximum Weights and Dimensions of Vehicles

The European Commission has proposed a revision of Directive 96/53/EC which prescribes the maximum permitted weights and dimensions for vehicles using the road networks in the European Union. The proposal will grant derogations from the maximum dimensions of vehicles for the addition of aerodynamic devices to the rear of vehicles and give the possibility to redefine the geometry of the cabs for tractors. The derogations must meet certain requirements, one of which is not to increase the load capacity of vehicles. The requirements will […]

Position Paper: eCall

Position Paper: eCall

The European Commission has launched further proposals to prepare the way for the introduction of emergency call (eCall) to improve road safety. On the 13th of June, the European Commission proposed a Regulation requestig that all new types of vehicles in categories M1 and N1 entering the EU market after the 1st of October 2015 have an in-vehicle eCall system. On the same date, the European Commission adopted Decision 2013/0166 that will require EU Member States to deploy the necessary eCall Public Service Answering […]

Memorandum to the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU

In this Memorandum, ETSC wishes to outline its priorities on road safety for the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU and to present its recommendations on key EU policy dossiers. ETSC looks forward to see leadership from the side of Mr. Rimantas Sinkevičius, Minister of Transport and Communications, and the Lithuanian Government in improving road safety in Lithuania and in the EU. Lithuania achieved the EU target of reducing by 50% the number of road deaths between 2001 and 2010. ETSC has recognised Lithuania’s progress […]

7th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

7th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

Regaining pace: road deaths down by 9% in 2012 A total of 27,700 people were killed in the EU27 as a consequence of road collisions. Around 313,000 were recorded as seriously injured and many more suffered slight injuries. Following disappointing results from 2011, the year 2012 brings a welcome contrast as 27 out the 31 countries monitored by the PIN Programme registered a drop in the number of road deaths. Frontrunners are Malta and Cyprus followed by Israel and Denmark. But road deaths increased […]

Risk on the Roads – A Male Problem? (PIN Flash 25)

Risk on the Roads – A Male Problem? (PIN Flash 25)

Just under 30,400 people were killed in 2011 in the EU27 in road collisions, approximately 7,200 females and 23,200 males. Females account for 51% of the total EU population but only 24% of road deaths. This percentage has changed by only one percentage point since 2001, but the reduction in female deaths since then has been four percentage points greater than the reduction in male deaths. Males account for 76% of people killed on the roads in the EU in 2011. In the EU […]

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