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Integrating Safety into the EU’s Urban Transport Policy

Integrating Safety into the EU’s Urban Transport Policy

Transport safety is an essential component of sustainable urban mobility and should be firmly integrated into the mobility planning processes by cities. A total of 38% of road deaths occur in urban areas in 2009. The EU has set a target to reduce road deaths by 50% by 2020 as well as the longer term “vision zero” by 2050. The European Commission recently adopted its ‘First Milestone towards a Serious Injury Strategy’ in March this year. This new initiative is also highly relevant to […]

Response to the European Commission’s ‘First Milestone towards a Serious Injury Strategy’

Response to the European Commission’s ‘First Milestone towards a Serious Injury Strategy’

The European Commission presented its ‘First Milestone towards a Serious Injury Strategy’ on the 19th of March 2013. In this paper ETSC sets out its response. Part I lays out the policy framework in which this new initiative is taking shape. Part II looks at the proposed new definition for Serious Injury and how the data will be collected as well as its important use to inform decision makers about impact of their measures. Part III looks at measures that are needed to reduce […]

Contribution on Road Safety to CARS 2020

Contribution on Road Safety to CARS 2020

ETSC’s contribution on road safety to the CARS 2020 programme of the European Commission.  

Position Paper: Flight Time Limitations

Position Paper: Flight Time Limitations

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) recognises that fatigue is a significant contribution to accident risk across the transport modes. It also recognises that the management of fatigue is a complex process and that the proposals from the European Aviation Safety Agency represent a comprehensive attempt to resolve this problem. However, it believes that the proposals do not fully and properly reflect the scientific evidence that should underpin fatigue management. Nor do they fully incorporate the scientific evidence which EASA itself commissioned.    

Towards Safer Transport of Goods and Passengers in Europe (PIN Flash 24)

Towards Safer Transport of Goods and Passengers in Europe (PIN Flash 24)

In the European Union 4,254 people lost their lives in collisions involving heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in 2011, 3,999 in collisions involving light goods vehicles (LGVs) – goods vehicles with a maximum permitted weight below 3.5 tonnes – and 722 in collisions involving a bus, coach or trolleybus, totalling 29% of the overall number of road deaths recorded in 2011. Since 2001, for the EU as a whole, deaths in collisions involving an HGV and in collisions involving a bus or coach were reduced […]

Integration of Road Safety in Other Policy Areas

Integration of Road Safety in Other Policy Areas

Integration of road safety into other policy areas can be understood as systematically taking the issue and mainstreaming it in other related fields of policy. A useful tool towards reaching this goal is the experience of integrating environment into all policy areas which was undertaken a decade ago following a new requirement of the European Treaty of Amsterdam. This paper argues that useful synergies can be created and achieved and certain objectives can be met through integrating safety into other areas, in line with […]

Memorandum to the Irish Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Irish Presidency of the EU

This Memorandum briefly outlines ETSC’s priorities for the Irish Presidency of the EU and presents our recommendations on key EU policy dossiers. ETSC welcomes that the Irish Presidency of the EU has identified road safety as a priority, under the new Irish Road safety Strategy which is scheduled for adoption early 2013. We hope that Mr. Leo Varadkar, Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Irish Government will show their leadership in delivering road safety in Ireland and in the EU. This is […]

Have a safe ride! A manual for cyclists

Have a safe ride! A manual for cyclists

This manual, produced as part of the BIKE PAL project, is targeted at people who ride their bicycles on public roads and have to interact with traffic. Download (BG) Download (CS) Download (DE) Download (DK) Download (EL) Download (EN) Download (ES) Download (ET) Download (FI) Download (FR) Download (HR) Download (HU) Download (IT) Download (LT) Download (LV) Download (NL) Download (PL) Download (PT) Download (RO) Download (SK) Download (SL) Download (SV)

Position Paper: Roadworthiness Package

Position Paper: Roadworthiness Package

The European Commission has launched proposals to revise the roadworthiness legislation as part of a new initiative to improve road safety. The first instrument is a revision of the 2009/40/EC Periodic Roadworthiness Directive. The second covers the revision of Directive 2000/30/EC on technical roadside inspections of commercial vehicles. The final Directive to be revised is 1999/37/EC on the requirements for issuing registration certificates. The Directive on Periodic Roadworthiness tests was recast in 2009 but the body of the text has not seen any major […]

Raising the Bar – A Review of Cycling Policies in the European Union

Raising the Bar – A Review of Cycling Policies in the European Union

A comprehensive review of EU and individual member state cycling policies examining infrastructure, the relationship between cyclists and other vehicles and road user behaviour. Includes policy recommendations.  

Getting the best out of a Demerit Point System (BestPoint project handbook)

Getting the best out of a Demerit Point System (BestPoint project handbook)

Various kinds of Demerit Point Systems (DPS) have been developed and implemented in European countries, aimed at tackling repeat offences in road transport by acting as a deterrent and providing sanctioning. The impact of a DPS on the number of crashes is often reported to be significant but temporary. In this context the objective of the EU project BestPoint was to establish a set of recommended practices that would result in a more effective and sustainable contribution of DPS’s to road safety. The BestPoint […]

Pedalling towards Safety: EU Cycling Safety Ranking

Pedalling towards Safety: EU Cycling Safety Ranking

Around 2,100 cyclists were recorded as killed in traffic collisions in 2010 in the 24 EU countries where the data is available, representing 7.2% of the total number of road deaths recorded in those countries. Over the 2001-2010 decade the number of cyclist deaths was reduced by just 39%, compared to the 43% reduction in the overall number of road deaths observed in the same countries. EU-wide, 2009 and 2010 saw slower progress in reducing the number of cyclists killed on the roads than […]

Memorandum to the Cypriot Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Cypriot Presidency of the EU

This Memorandum briefly outlines ETSC’s priorities for the Cypriot Presidency of the EU and presents our recommendations on key EU policy dossiers. ETSC welcomes that the Cypriot Presidency of the EU has identified road safety as a priority, in particular for action on young drivers, under the EU’s land transport policy. We hope that the President of Cyprus Mr. Christofias, Mr Efthemios Flourentzou Minister of Communications and Works and Eleni Mavrou, Minister of Interior will take a personal interest and show their leadership in […]

Priorities for Road Safety Research in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme

Priorities for Road Safety Research in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme

In this briefing, ETSC outlines how the EU should prioritise road safety research in its Horizon 2020 research programme.  

6th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

6th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

This 6th PIN Report provides an overview of European countries’ performance in three areas of road safety. It builds on the five previous Road Safety PIN Reports published in June 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The report compares developments in the numbers of road deaths, during the first year of the 2020 EU road safety target, and estimates the monetary value of their benefit to society. It also sets these one-year developments in the context of the reduction in road deaths observed since […]

Work Related Road Safety Management Programmes

Work Related Road Safety Management Programmes

The report presents the main elements of Work Related Road Safety (WRRS) management as a means of addressing work-related road risks. It commences by outlining why employers should address WRRS and by giving ideas on where to begin within individual organisations. Part of this is making the business case for managing road risk and demonstrating where savings can be made by investing proactively in road safety by employers. The third section looks at the importance of leadership in introducing a WRRS programme and integrating […]

Drink Driving – Towards Zero Tolerance

Drink Driving – Towards Zero Tolerance

This report provides an overview of the drink driving situation in the European Union (Chapter 1) and measures taken at the EU level to curb drink driving deaths (Chapter 2). ETSC calls on Member States and the European Institutions to adopt a zero tolerance for drink driving. Other ETSC recommendations to Member States and the European Union are also included in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 looks at countries’ progress in reducing road deaths attributed to drink driving between 2001 and 2010. Road deaths attributed […]

Contribution on Road Safety to CARS 21

Contribution on Road Safety to CARS 21

ETSC’s contribution on road safety to the CARS 21 programme of the European Commission.  

Funding for Road Safety in the EU’s 2014-2020 Budget

Funding for Road Safety in the EU’s 2014-2020 Budget

In the context of the adoption of the new Multiannual Financial Framework ETSC would like to put forward recommendations about the budget numbers to support the priorities of the EU on road safety. In its recently adopted Transport White Paper the EU set new targets for reducing road traffic deaths in the EU: “By 2050, move close to zero fatalities in road transport. In line with this goal, the EU aims at halving road casualties by 2020.” The White Paper Communication reiterates the main […]

Memorandum to the Danish Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Danish Presidency of the EU

This Memorandum briefly outlines ETSC’s priorities for the Danish Presidency of the EU and presents our recommendations on key EU policy dossiers. ETSC hopes that road safety will be one of the priorities under land transport during the Danish Presidency of the EU, and that Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt and Ministers of Transport and Justice Henrik Dam Kristensen and Morten Bødskov will take personal interest and show their leadership in delivering road safety in Denmark and in the EU. Key issues, carried over […]

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