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Safety fears over reduced fines in Greece

Safety fears over reduced fines in Greece

ETSC’s Greek member organisation RSI Panos Mylonas has strongly rejected a government proposal to cut fines for traffic offences including speeding and use of mobile phones at the wheel. The plans came to light in a Sunday newspaper interview with deputy minister Nikolaos Toskas. Mr Toskas commented that the current fines are too high for Greek people facing difficult economic circumstances. While sympathetic to the harsh financial pressures many Greeks are facing, RSI Panos Mylonas and ETSC commented that the move would be a […]

Cross border follow-up of traffic offences not being used at ‘full potential’

Cross border follow-up of traffic offences not being used at ‘full potential’

New EU rules have had a positive impact on tackling road traffic offences committed abroad according to a European Commission report. The number of investigated offences committed by non-residents increased by four times to approximately 2 million between 2013 and 2015 in the Member States which have implemented the rules. The “Cross-Border Enforcement Directive” allows Member States, with the help of an electronic information system, to identify EU drivers who commit traffic offences abroad including four “main killers” that cause 75% of road deaths: […]

29 November 2016 – SMART policies for tackling drink driving, Oslo

29 November 2016 – SMART policies for tackling drink driving, Oslo

The Norwegian Abstaining Motorists Association and the Norwegian Council for Road Safety, together with ETSC, held a national conference on tackling drink-driving as part of the SMART (Sober Mobility Across Road Transport) project. The State Secretary from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Mr Tom Cato Karlsen, as well as the Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Norway, Ms Helen Campbell, were present and gave the welcoming speech. The debate will address policy and practice on enforcement, penalties, rehabilitation, alcohol interlocks and other measures to […]

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 […]

Belgium takes action on speeding

Belgium takes action on speeding

New technology and legal changes are the latest weapons in the fight against speeding in Belgium, with new safety cameras being trialled in the Northern region of Flanders and a change to the legal status of speeding fines in French-speaking Wallonia. Four police zones in Flanders have installed safety cameras with an invisible infra-red flash system, reports DHnet.be. The system is designed to reduce the numbers contesting fines and help prevent dangerous braking near the cameras. At one site, the system was reported to have […]

18 October 2016 – Regulating Drink Driving to Protect all Road Users

The European Transport Safety Lecture 2016 Tuesday 18 October 2016, 17:00 Stanhope Hotel, Rue du Commerce 9, Brussels The European Transport Safety Council held an EU event under the framework of the SMART project – which focuses on risks related to drinking and driving on European roads. The event featured the 2016 European Transport Safety Lecture, given by Prof. Richard Allsop, from University College London, followed by an expert panel discussion. Download the presentation slides. Agenda European Transport Safety Lecture 2016

France cracks down on company car speeding

France cracks down on company car speeding

A legal loophole in France that has let many fleet car drivers avoid speeding fines and penalty points is set to be closed. Companies had been able to pay fines on an employee’s behalf without ever identifying the driver.  But that should change following the approval of a new legal text in the National Assembly earlier this month. Around 15% of the French vehicle fleet is thought to be company owned. And the government estimates that 2 million penalty points a year were not […]

Follow-up needed on EU cross border enforcement rules

Follow-up needed on EU cross border enforcement rules

An independent report on the EU’s law on the cross border enforcement of traffic rules recommends further action to ensure non-resident drivers are sanctioned for offences committed outside their home country. The evaluation, carried out for the European Commission, found that overall the law is justified in terms of EU added value, is cost-effective, relevant and improves enforcement and awareness of traffic rules for cross-border drivers. But the report also says that implementation has been hampered by delays to the law’s adoption and implementation. […]

ETSC statement: Transport safety implications of the UK referendum on EU membership

ETSC statement: Transport safety implications of the UK referendum on EU membership

In a referendum held on 23 June, a majority of citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.  The decision, if carried through with the commencement of the Article 50 procedure of the treaty of the EU, may have far-reaching consequences for the areas of policy covered by European Union law, including transport safety. There is currently a great deal of uncertainty about the kind of relationship the UK will have with the remaining member states, and the legal framework that […]

US states strengthen alcohol interlock laws

US states strengthen alcohol interlock laws

The US state of Pennsylvania has mandated alcohol interlocks for first time drink driving offenders. Meanwhile Virginia has set new requirements for the devices to be fitted with cameras to ensure the driver is the one taking the breath test before starting the engine. Pennsylvania’s alcohol interlock law previously applied to repeat offenders – the changes mean that first time offenders can also face the requirement. The law is expected to come into force next year. The campaign group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) […]

Cuts to police enforcement across Europe doubly damaging for road safety

Cuts to police enforcement across Europe doubly damaging for road safety

Declines in the level of police enforcement of traffic offences are contributing to Europe’s failure to cut the numbers dying in road collisions, according to the European Transport Safety Council, authors of two new reports on road safety. More than 26,000 people died on EU roads last year, the first increase since 2001 according to the ETSC annual road safety performance index (PIN) report. Exceeding speed limits, drink or distracted driving and a failure to wear a seat belt are still the leading causes […]

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 […]

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.  

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 […]

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 […]

Penalty points for Belgian drivers…in France

Penalty points for Belgian drivers…in France

Belgian drivers committing traffic offences in France face losing points on a virtual driving license if French plans to extend its penalty points system to foreign drivers get the go-ahead. Belgium remains a holdout on penalty points, with surrounding France, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg all using variations on the system as part of enforcement mechanisms. But Belgian drivers could now face being banned from driving in France if they lose all their virtual points there. The Belgian Road Safety Institute welcomed […]

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.  

German state plans to trial 120km motorway limit

German state plans to trial 120km motorway limit

The German state of Baden-Württemberg, home of Daimler and Porsche, has announced plans to trial a 120km/h speed limit on sections of the A81 and A96 motorways. The four-year trial, set to begin in May, aims to assess the impact on collisions and noise. The move has put the state transport minister Winfried Hermann at loggerheads with federal transport minister Alexander Dobrindt. In a letter earlier this month, Dobrindt said motorway speed limits are a federal responsibility. ETSC’s German member DVR has said that […]

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