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MEPs attempt to weaken professional driver training rules

MEPs attempt to weaken professional driver training rules

The European Parliament’s transport committee has backed changes to professional driver training rules that could lead to large numbers of lorries being driven by workers who have received no professional training in addition to their regular HGV driving license. Voting on a report in response to a proposal from the European Commission to revise the ‘Driver Certificate of Professional Competence’ (CPC) rules last month, the committee included an amendment that would exempt drivers from the requirements for additional initial and periodic training as long […]

European Parliament demands higher safety standards for new cars, vans and lorries

European Parliament demands higher safety standards for new cars, vans and lorries

The European Parliament says all new cars sold in Europe should be fitted as standard with a range of life-saving technologies including automated emergency braking, intelligent speed assistance and seatbelt reminders in all seats. Safety campaigners say the technologies could be as important as the seat belt, but action is needed now because it will take years before the majority of cars on the roads have the technology. Some 26,000 people died on EU roads last year, a figure that has hardly changed in […]

MEPs call for new car safety tech to be fitted as standard

MEPs call for new car safety tech to be fitted as standard

The European Parliament’s Transport Committee has called for new cars to be fitted as standard with a range of life-saving technologies including automated emergency braking, intelligent speed assistance and intelligent seatbelt reminders in all seats. In a non-binding resolution responding to a report by the European Commission, “Saving Lives: Boosting Car Safety in the EU”, adopted today in Brussels, the committee said “more effective measures” are needed, in order to reach a goal of “no fatalities”. Mandatory safety standards for new cars sold on the European […]

8 March 2017 – Preventing Drug Driving in Europe, European Parliament, Brussels

8 March 2017 – Preventing Drug Driving in Europe, European Parliament, Brussels

Lunch debate, Members’ Salon, European Parliament, 8 March 2017, 12:30 – 14:00 This event was kindly hosted by Dieter-Lebrecht Koch MEP. The knowledge of the road safety toll from driving under the influence of psychoactive drugs is growing. The prevalence of illicit drugs amongst killed drivers has been estimated at around 8% in some European countries including Spain and Sweden. New ways of tackling drug driving are being developed and implemented across Europe. New enforcement strategies and improved detection technologies, combined with more effective penalties […]

Bulc says EU serious injury target will be set in 2017

Bulc says EU serious injury target will be set in 2017

Violetta Bulc, the European Commissioner for Transport, has renewed a promise to introduce a target to reduce serious road injuries across the EU. Speaking to MEPs on the European Parliament’s Transport Committee on 5 December, Bulc described the figure of 135,000 serious injuries per year as “serious numbers”, and described the current situation as “frustrating…we are not moving forward”. Bulc said a target will be announced in 2017, based on the Commission’s recent report on serious injuries. She also noted that 16 member states […]

Common statement: A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all

Common statement: A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all

Common statement signed by 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions, ahead of the EU27 Summit in Bratislava on 16 September 2016. A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all  Europe is at a crossroads, and the future of European cooperation and the benefits it brings are at stake. This is about the future of our society and how we want to be viewed by the wider world. The future of our planet and the k ind of Europe our children will […]

15 March 2016 – Time to address serious road injuries, European Parliament, Brussels

Breakfast debate, Members Salon, European Parliament, 15 March 2016, 08:00 – 09:00 This event was kindly hosted by Olga Sehnalova MEP More than 200,000 people suffer life-changing injuries on Europe’s roads every year. Since 2010 the number of people seriously injured on EU roads has been reduced by just 1.6%, compared to an 18% decrease in the number of road deaths. Last year the numbers seriously injured actually went up, by more than 3% compared to the previous year. The principle of a separate […]

Pressure grows for serious road injury target

Pressure grows for serious road injury target

Around 100 MEPs from across the political spectrum have now backed the call by ETSC and more than 70 road safety organisations for a serious road injury reduction target for Europe. The MEPs, representing some 20 Member States, have signed a European Parliamentary written declaration in support of the target, others have until 18 April to join the call. Earlier this month, ETSC and FEVR – the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims met with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission to ask […]

EU health ministers call for new alcohol strategy

EU health ministers call for new alcohol strategy

EU health ministers have formally called on the European Commission to launch a comprehensive EU strategy dedicated to the reduction of alcohol-related harm by the end of 2016, following a similar request from the European Parliament in April. The last EU-wide alcohol programme officially ended in 2012 and has not been replaced. Ministers said the strategy should tackle the health, social and economic consequences of the harmful use of alcohol and focus on initiatives with a cross-border dimension. The Council also called upon member […]

MEPs renew calls for serious road injury reduction target

MEPs renew calls for serious road injury reduction target

The European Parliament has reiterated calls for a pan-European target to cut serious road injuries.  In a vote today on a review of European transport policy since 2011, MEPs called for, “the swift adoption of a 2020 target of a 40 % reduction in the number of people seriously injured, accompanied by a fully fledged EU strategy.” Since 2010 the number of people seriously injured on EU roads has been reduced by just 1.6%, compared to an 18% decrease in the number of road […]

European Parliament calls for new EU alcohol strategy

European Parliament calls for new EU alcohol strategy

Members of the European Parliament passed a resolution in April calling on the European Commission to come forward with a comprehensive new long term strategy to tackle the impacts of alcohol on health. The last EU-wide programme ended in 2012 and has not been replaced. Amongst the new measures listed in the resolution, MEPs called for support for member states on collecting reliable data and running communication campaigns on drink driving as well as asking the European Commission to consider EU-wide labelling alerting consumers […]

Bulc: “We will and we must continue to take steps to tackle drink driving”

Bulc: “We will and we must continue to take steps to tackle drink driving”

The European Commissioner for Transport Violetta Bulc has spoken in support of further steps to tackle drink driving in Europe. Speaking in a pre-recorded video statement for an event in the European Parliament today she reiterated her earlier promise that road safety would be one of the ‘top priorities’ of her mandate. But while pointing out that across the EU drink driving “is responsible for a quarter of road deaths” she also admitted that Europe is “behind” on use of technology that can tackle […]

European Parliament lifts road block on cross border traffic penalties

European Parliament lifts road block on cross border traffic penalties

ETSC and TISPOL – the European Traffic Police Network welcome today’s European Parliament vote to approve a new law enabling police to enforce penalties on foreign motorists who break traffic rules. Non-resident drivers account for approximately 5% of road traffic in the EU but are responsible for 15% of speeding offences, according to European Commission figures. The law is expected to save at least 400 lives a year. The new rules cover offences including speeding, drink driving, using a mobile phone at the wheel […]

Briefing: Mid Term Review of the European Commission Transport White Paper 2011-2020

Briefing: Mid Term Review of the European Commission Transport White Paper 2011-2020

In 2011, the European Commission published its Transport White Paper “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area-Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system”. This followed the EC’s ‘Road Safety Policy Orientations’ (RSPO), published in July 2010, a framework with the objective of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020. The 2011 White Paper was welcomed by ETSC, primarily for including a ‘Vision Zero’ complementing the “Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020” target of halving road deaths by 2020. ETSC also welcomed the ambition “to […]

ETSC shows new MEPs the benefits of smart speed tech

ETSC shows new MEPs the benefits of smart speed tech

At its first major event for newly-elected MEPs in the European Parliament, ETSC and leading experts on Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) technology briefed policymakers on how the systems work, and how they can benefit road safety, business, consumers and the environment. The European Commission is currently reviewing which new safety technologies should be fitted as standard in new cars. A revised ‘General Safety Regulation’ is expected later this year. Research shows that assisting, but overridable, ISA systems could reduce fatal crashes by 37%. The […]

3 November 2014 – Fitting Safety as Standard

3 November 2014 – Fitting Safety as Standard

How the latest in-vehicle safety technologies can save lives, boost innovation and reduce government spending Dinner debate in the Members’ Salon, European Parliament, Brussels – 3 November 2014 – 18:00 This invitation-only event was kindly hosted by Dieter-Lebrecht Koch MEP (EPP Group) and Olga Sehnalová (S&D Group). 500 people die on EU roads every week and road collisions remain the single biggest non-health-related cause of death in Europe. But many of these tragedies could be prevented through the standard-fitting of innovative safety technologies being […]

New EU studies back future role for alcohol interlocks

New EU studies back future role for alcohol interlocks

Two new reports are supportive of further measures to boost the use of alcohol interlocks in passenger and goods vehicles in the EU but stop short of recommending measures that would mandate mass adoption in the short term due mainly to cost concerns. ETSC says this approach is short-sighted because mandatory use for some categories of drivers and vehicles would drive innovation, bring down costs and save many more lives. Of the two studies, carried out by Italian consultancy TRT for the European Parliament […]

EP elections 2014: Where do the main political groups stand on road safety?

EP elections 2014: Where do the main political groups stand on road safety?

A survey by ETSC of the main political groups in the European Parliament ahead of this month’s elections has found universal support for measures to cut deaths and the more than 300,000 serious injuries that occur on Europe’s roads each year. But the research also revealed differences across the political spectrum on which road safety measures should be introduced at the European level. ETSC welcomed the support for concrete measures to cut serious injuries, which have been falling at a slower rate than deaths. The […]

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.

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