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Weakened road safety law proposal criticised in Finland

Weakened road safety law proposal criticised in Finland

ETSC’s Finnish member organisation Liikenneturva has criticised a government proposal to weaken a number of key aspects of road safety. The proposals include a revision to Finland’s world-renowned system of linking fines for traffic offences to income known as the ‘day fine’. The government’s proposal is in future to only apply the system in cases where the speed limit has been exceeded by 30 km/h or more. Likkenneturva has pointed out that this change could have serious consequences in particular for urban areas, where […]

25 October 2017 – European Traffic Education Seminar 2017

25 October 2017 – European Traffic Education Seminar 2017

Mechelen, Belgium To sufficiently equip young road users to become safe road users, education remains of chief importance. This is especially true for secondary school pupils (aged 12 – 18) as they start to travel independently and have to deal with more complex traffic situations, either as pedestrians, cyclists or moped riders. The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV) have the pleasure of inviting you to a European Traffic Education Seminar on 25 October in Mechelen, Belgium. The […]

Industry, NGOs and cities call for urgent action on vehicle safety standards

Industry, NGOs and cities call for urgent action on vehicle safety standards

A coalition of industry, NGOs, consumer groups and cities are calling on the European Commission to urgently bring forward new minimum safety standards for new cars, vans and trucks, after years of delays. The European Commission is expected to announce a new package of transport legislation next week, the groups are calling for an announcement on updates to vehicle safety regulations to be included. The letter from groups including the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), the European Cyclists Federation (ECF), POLIS, the European […]

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.

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 […]

Dutch government urged to do more on road safety

Dutch government urged to do more on road safety

The director of the Dutch Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV) says the government needs to look at speed limits, increase the number of roads with separate cycle lanes and revise environmental taxes that failed to promote safer vehicles. While the Netherlands has been a leader in road safety in Europe, recent years have seen stagnation and an increase in the number of deaths. In an interview with the AD newspaper, Dr Peter van der Knaap pointed to ETSC research published last year that […]

Commission outlines plans for safer cars, vans and lorries

Commission outlines plans for safer cars, vans and lorries

The European Commission has published a list of 19 lifesaving safety technologies that could be made mandatory on new vehicles in the next update of EU vehicle safety rules expected next year.  The European Transport Safety Council welcomes the announcement but says several critical areas for action are missing, and the proposed timescale is far too long considering that most of the technologies are already available today. 26,000 people die on European Union roads annually, with at least 135,000 suffering life-changing injuries.  Progress on […]

London plans to phase-out lorries with poor direct-vision

London plans to phase-out lorries with poor direct-vision

In a move designed to boost the safety of cyclists and pedestrians, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has announced a new star rating scheme for lorries that could see vehicles with severe blind spots refused access to the city centre. The proposals state that the most dangerous, zero star-rated ‘off-road’ HGVs will be banned from London’s streets entirely by January 2020, and only HGVs meeting the new London Direct Vision Standard of 3 stars or above will be allowed by 2024. Lorries will […]

Belgium and The Netherlands introduce new rules for fast electric bikes

Belgium and The Netherlands introduce new rules for fast electric bikes

Fast electric bikes that can travel up to 45km/h will be treated the same as mopeds according to new rules in place in Belgium from last month, and in The Netherlands from next year. The new rules for ‘speed pedelecs’ in Belgium require riders to be over 16 years of age, have a valid driving license for a moped and wear a helmet.  The vehicle must also be registered and insured. The rules for so-called ‘pedelecs’, electric bikes offering pedal assistance up to a […]

Berlin hails police cycling patrols

Berlin hails police cycling patrols

A pilot project involving specialist police cycling patrols in central Berlin has been hailed as a success as figures showed a reduction in severe injuries of around 30%. Twenty police officers on bikes are involved in the project which launched in Summer 2014. They focus on enforcement such as ensuring drivers do not block cycle paths and cyclists do not jump red lights. The project is due to end next year, but supporters of the scheme are calling on the city government to extend […]

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 […]

Norwegian study confirms ‘safety in numbers’ effect of increased cycling

Norwegian study confirms ‘safety in numbers’ effect of increased cycling

A new study from the Institute of Transport Economics at the Norwegian Centre for Transport Research found that seasonal increases in cyclist numbers in Oslo led to a reduction in the risk of a conflict or near miss occurring. The researchers conclude that the data proves a ‘safety in numbers’ effect i.e. that risks of cycling are lowered as cyclist numbers increase. The team also compared the results for Norwegian road users to their Danish and Swedish counterparts and found that the effect can […]

26 May 2016 – Together for cycling safety, Brussels

26 May 2016 – Together for cycling safety, Brussels

Renaissance Hotel, Brussels ETSC and the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge organised a lunch debate on cycling safety in light of the EU’s forthcoming cycling strategy. Cyclists represent 8% of all road deaths and big disparities exist between countries. Moreover, since 2010 the reduction in the number of cyclist deaths has slowed down markedly. The safety of unprotected road users should therefore receive special attention from policymakers at the national and European levels. As active travel is being encouraged for reasons of health and environment, […]

25 May 2016 – Prevent crashes, reduce injuries, save lives, The Hague

 25 May 2016, Wednesday, 9.30 – 16.00 The EU House, Korte Vijverberg 5-6, the Hague, the Netherlands The Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV), the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) had the pleasure to hold an international high level debate “Prevent crashes, reduce injuries, save lives”. The debate focused on cyclist safety, vehicle automation, road safety research challenges and the importance of road safety performance indicators in policy making. Participants – government representatives, local authorities, researchers, […]

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 […]

5 November 2015 – Improving pedestrian and cyclist safety and tackling driver fatigue, Riga

5 November 2015, 8:30 – 14:00 Ministry of Transport, Gogola street 3, Riga, Latvia The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia held a high-level debate on road safety. State Secretary Kaspars Ozoliņš gave the keynote speech. The debate focused on measures needed to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, and to tackle driver fatigue. Participants – government representatives, local authorities, police, researchers, NGOs and other stakeholders – were invited to react to the presentations of good practices […]

21 September 2015 – Walking and cycling safety – the experience of other EU countries, Luxembourg

21 September 2015 – Walking and cycling safety – the experience of other EU countries, Luxembourg

21 Septembre 2015, 09:00-13:00 Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures, Salle Vianden, 4 Place de l’Europe, 1499 Luxembourg Le ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (MDDI) du Grand-Duché du Luxembourg et le Conseil européen de la sécurité des transports (ETSC) ont organisé un débat sur la sécurité routière dans le cadre de la Présidence luxembourgeoise du Conseil de l’Union européenne. Ce débat a porté en particulier sur les mesures à prendre afin d’améliorer la sécurité des piétons et des cyclistes. Animé par […]

London requires lorry side guards and upgraded mirrors to protect cyclists

London requires lorry side guards and upgraded mirrors to protect cyclists

HGVs without safety equipment to protect cyclists and pedestrians were banned throughout London from September under Britain’s first “Safer Lorry Scheme”. Vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes entering London must now be fitted with sideguards to protect cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of a collision, along with Class V and Class VI mirrors to give the driver a better view of cyclists and pedestrians. Transport for London (TfL) is also planning to require lorries to be fitted with larger […]

15-16 September – International Cycling Safety Conference, Hannover

15-16 September – International Cycling Safety Conference, Hannover

The International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC) developed to a premium forum for researchers and development engineers in the field of cycling safety to exchange their knowledge, to extent their network and to bring up new research topics and safety solutions. This conference started as a Dutch initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, TNO, Fietsberaad (Dutch center of expertise on bicycle policy), SWOV and Delft University of Technology and this year the Hannover Medical School will host the conference for Germany. The […]

Europe must boost safety for cyclists and walkers

Europe must boost safety for cyclists and walkers

138,400 pedestrians and cyclists killed in road traffic over twelve years EU set to review motor vehicle safety rules: campaigners call for new safety technologies to be fitted as standard – pedestrian protection tests for new cars should be upgraded and extended to protection for cyclists EU member states should implement 30 km/h zones in residential areas 7,600 people died in road traffic while cycling or walking in the EU in 2013 according to new research: the equivalent of a commercial airliner full of […]

#Spain: 7 in 10 drivers don't respect speed limits around schools, parks and residential areas https://t.co/r8aI1ljjFG @fmapfre2 months ago
Great to see @WHO endorsing Intelligent Speed Assistance as a key technology for tackling road deaths.… https://t.co/VMp8YwqOQQ2 months ago
It's UN Road Safety Week @UNGRSW. Pledge to #SlowDown and Save Lives. Here's a technology that can help.… https://t.co/0HPxbgyqNz2 months ago
RT @4roadsafety: Lord Robertson welcomes the launch of the Global Network for #roadsafety Legislators & the Manifesto #4RoadSafety https://…2 months ago
RT @WHO_Europe: Road traffic injuries are the leading killer among children and young people aged 5–29 years #SlowDown2 months ago
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