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New German campaign focuses on the people affected by a single road death

New German campaign focuses on the people affected by a single road death

The German Road Safety Council (DVR), an ETSC member, has launched a new national communications campaign with three key messages: slow down; keep your distance and hands off your phone. For the first time the campaign also looks at the numbers of people affected by every road death including family and friends, colleagues as well as the emergency workers that have to deal with the carnage. An average of 113 people is the figure used for the new approach. https://www.runtervomgas.de/

UK: New drivers caught using phones to lose license

UK: New drivers caught using phones to lose license

Drivers in England, Scotland and Wales caught using their phones at the wheel within two years of passing their test will have their driving license taken away under a new law that came into force on 1 March. Penalties for other drivers have also been doubled to GBP 200 and six penalty points. Responding to the new British law, the Irish transport minister Shane Ross said he is open to imposing similar measures in Ireland. ETSC’s German member DVR called in January for fines […]

Several countries looking to crack down on mobile phone use at the wheel

Several countries looking to crack down on mobile phone use at the wheel

A ban on mobile phone use while driving, tougher enforcement and a driving mode for devices are some of the options being explored by governments around Europe as data show distracted driving’s deadly impact continues unabated. The Dutch Transport Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen told the AD newspaper last November that the government was considering several options to reduce the risk of distracted driving, including a full ban or requiring that certain features, such as Pokémon Go, be switched off automatically above a certain […]

EU transport ministers back ‘ambitious’ vehicle safety improvements

EU transport ministers back ‘ambitious’ vehicle safety improvements

Eight EU transport ministers have called on the European Commission to ‘speed up’ plans to upgrade vehicle safety standards saying road safety should be ‘top priority’. In a letter to the European Commissioner for industry Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the transport ministers of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and The Netherlands said ‘ambitious’ new vehicle safety standards are needed ‘to help Member States halve the number of road deaths by 2020’. 26,000 people die on European Union roads annually, with at least 135,000 suffering life-changing […]

Governments race to outline future plans for self-driving cars

Governments race to outline future plans for self-driving cars

The United States, China, Germany, Australia and the UK are among the countries to have made major announcements on rules governing self-driving cars in recent months, while the EU’s transport commissioner has promised a ‘master plan’ by the end of the year. ETSC says many safety questions remain unanswered. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a set of guidelines in September that called for voluntary reporting from carmakers on how their systems were tested, how they work and what happens if […]

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 US government wants a mobile phone ‘Driver Mode’ to reduce distraction

The US government wants a mobile phone ‘Driver Mode’ to reduce distraction

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued new guidelines aimed at encouraging phone manufacturers to introduce an automatic ‘Driver Mode’ to cut down on distracting apps and messages while driving. The proposals, announced earlier this month, are voluntary. They envisage a simplified display, and a block on distracting apps, both of which could be activated automatically while driving.  Samsung’s popular Galaxy series of phones offer a drive mode already but it must be activated manually. Apple’s ubiquitous iPhone has no such feature, […]

Stockholm, Vienna, Berlin and Dublin top European capital city safety ranking

Stockholm, Vienna, Berlin and Dublin top European capital city safety ranking

A new analysis of road deaths rates in European capitals has found a wide range of safety levels.  Stockholm (0.7) and Vienna (1.1) lead the ranking in terms of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, with Berlin and Dublin (1.2) sharing third place. At the bottom end of the spectrum are Zagreb (6.0)*, Rome (4.8) and Nicosia (4.6).  Rome recently announced a Vision Zero programme to cut road deaths. The European Capital Brussels lies in the bottom half of the ranking with 2.6 deaths per 100,000, […]

Germany to Tesla: “Stop using the name Autopilot”

Germany to Tesla: “Stop using the name Autopilot”

The German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has written to Tesla calling on the company to stop using the ‘misleading’ term ‘Autopilot’ in its advertising. According to Reuters, the letter was sent last month and was followed by a letter from the KBA – The German Federal Motor Transport Authority – to all Tesla owners warning that their cars could not be operated without their ‘constant attention’. Tesla has apparently rejected the request to change the name of its system – the German version of […]

HGVs: Widespread tachograph manipulation detected in Germany; Belgium fights overloading

HGVs: Widespread tachograph manipulation detected in Germany; Belgium fights overloading

One in four lorries checked on German roads last year showed signs of tachograph manipulation according to a report published by the German transport ministry in September. 22,000 trucks were checked specifically for the tachograph records, with issues detected on 5533 vehicles. Experts cited by DPA, the German news agency, suggested that tachograph software could be hacked. But the Federal Office of Goods Transport (BAG) did not specify how the devices had been altered. In Belgium’s Wallonia region, new dynamic weighing systems are helping […]

German motorway speed limit trial scrapped

German motorway speed limit trial scrapped

Plans to trial a 120km/h speed limit on sections of the A81 and A96 motorways in the German state of Baden-Württemberg have been dropped due to ‘legal concerns’. The trial, announced in January by the Green party transport minister Winfried Hermann, was set to start in the Summer but was cancelled in August following legal advice that resulted in the opposition of the CDU party – who form part of the governing coalition in the state.  Hermann said he now plans to try out […]

More than half of drivers go more than 10km/h too fast in 30 km/h school zones

More than half of drivers go more than 10km/h too fast in 30 km/h school zones

An investigation by the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI) has found that 90% of drivers exceeded 30 km/h speed limits near schools with more than half travelling at 40km/h or more. In areas away from schools, drivers appeared more likely to stick to the limit. The BRSI says the zones need to be accompanied by infrastructure measures such as traffic humps. This is sometimes not the case for schools on main roads where, out of school hours, the limit can be up to 70 […]

Germany makes it easier to introduce 30km/h limits near schools

Germany makes it easier to introduce 30km/h limits near schools

German state transport ministers have approved legal changes that will allow for easier application of 30km/h limits near schools and hospitals. The change, announced one year ago by transport minister Alexander Dobrindt, means local authorities no longer need to show that the road in question is already a hotspot for collisions. Meanwhile, in Ireland, Moyagh Murdock, head of the Road Safety Authority, an ETSC member, has said 30km/h should become the default speed limit in Irish towns and cities.

16 March 2016 – Business plan for road safety – reduction of costs through prevention

16 March 2016 – Business plan for road safety – reduction of costs through prevention

12.00 – 16.30 Stadthalle “Mons Tabor”, Koblenzer Str. 2, 56410 Montabaur The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), together with the German Road Safety Council, have the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on work-related road safety to be held in Montabaur on 16th March 2016. The seminar will focus on the key issues affecting German employers in fleet and road-related risk management, and will feature invited experts from across Europe. The PRAISE project (Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees) […]

Germany – calls for better speed enforcement as deaths rise again

Germany – calls for better speed enforcement as deaths rise again

The German Federal Statistics Office has published preliminary figures showing road deaths increased by 2.9% on German roads last year. Dr. Walter Eichendorf, president of the German Road Safety Council (DVR) – an ETSC member – said: “We need to move up a gear. As before, nine people are killed every day on our roads and around 1,000 are injured. The development shows that steadily decreasing number of accidents are not automatic, but continuous and major efforts are needed.” DVR says the speed limit […]

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 […]

Speed limits on German motorways in the spotlight again

Speed limits on German motorways in the spotlight again

A poll by YouGov has found that the majority of Germans would, for the first time, support a speed limit on those sections of German motorways that are currently unlimited – but only if it was set at 150 km/h, 20 km/h more than the current highest speed limit found in Europe. ETSC’s German member DVR has said that deaths are 25% higher on stretches of Germany motorways that have no speed limit compared to those with limits. 40 percent would support a limit […]

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 […]

EU road safety targets at risk as deaths increase in France, Germany and UK

EU road safety targets at risk as deaths increase in France, Germany and UK

Worst annual reduction in EU road deaths since 2001 25,845 people killed on roads in EU28 in 2014 as a consequence of road collisions (decrease of just 0.6% compared to 2013) Almost 8% reduction now needed every year between 2015 and 2020 in order to reach the EU target for 2020 to halve the number of road deaths compared to 2010 203,500 people recorded as seriously injured by the police in the 23 EU countries that distinguish between serious and slightly injured in their […]

Germany unblocks 30km/h zones

Germany unblocks 30km/h zones

Germany’s Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has announced legal changes that will make it easier for local authorities to implement 30km/h zones. So far the limits have been restricted to residential areas, but the changes should make it easier for local authorities to set 30 km/h zones along main roads where schools and kindergartens are situated. Until now this has only been possible in the case where it has been proven that the site is high-risk. There has been pressure from state transport ministers, […]

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