Road Safety

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 […]

23 June 2017 – European approach towards better road safety: safe road users, safe vehicles and safe infrastructure, Ljubljana

Austria Trend Hotel, Dunajska cesta 154, 1000 Ljubljana, 23 June 2017, 10.00-17.00 Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency and European Transport Safety Council together had a pleasure to hold an experts’ conference – European approach towards better road safety: safe roads, safe vehicles and safe infrastructure. The conference gathered ministers, decision makers, police, representative from national authorities, road safety experts, NGOs and other road safety stakeholders. Opportunities to improve road safety in Slovenia were discussed. Click here to download the agenda. Presentations Road Safety Performance Index – Slovenia within the […]

32 Dutch organisations call for increased enforcement on road safety

32 Dutch organisations call for increased enforcement on road safety

Road safety experts including the Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV), drivers groups, insurers, cities and other stakeholders including the public prosecutor’s office have published a road safety manifesto for The Netherlands in response to poor recent performance by the country in cutting road deaths. Road deaths in The Netherlands increased by 9% in 2015, and declined by just 3% over the five years 2010-15. The coalition is calling for better enforcement of drink driving offences, improvements to infrastructure – especially for cyclists, 30km […]

Asking The Pope to support action on road deaths and serious injuries

Asking The Pope to support action on road deaths and serious injuries

ETSC Executive Director Antonio Avenoso and Project Manager Francesca Podda met His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican today. Mr Avenoso expressed to His Holiness the scale of the impact of road deaths and serious injuries on millions of families in Europe and around the world and stressed the importance of continued efforts to improve road safety. Mr Avenoso said: “It was a great honour to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. Road deaths and serious injuries devastate the lives of millions in Europe and […]

Briefing: An EU Target to reduce Seriously Injured on the Roads

Briefing: An EU Target to reduce Seriously Injured on the Roads

Since 2010, the European Commission has been committed to introducing an EU-wide strategic target to reduce serious road traffic injuries. In 2013, the crucial common definition of serious injuries to be recorded and tracked was approved. A target was finally expected to be set in the first half of 2015, having been promised ‘shortly’ in a Commission press release of 24 March and by Commissioner Bulc’s presentation of the EC Work Programme at the Transport Committee of the European Parliament on 6 May. On […]

Opinion: 100 issues later, what’s changed since the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor?

Opinion: 100 issues later, what’s changed since the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor?

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director There was no email version, not even an email address to write to or website to check for updates. None of the articles were tweeted or shared on facebook as Mark Zuckerberg was only ten years old. Google was not yet a verb. Browsing through the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor newsletter this week felt like examining a document from another age. It was published in December 1994, around eighteen months after ETSC was founded ‘in response to the […]

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2015

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2015

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families and the many others also affected. This Sunday 15 November, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the World Day being observed internationally and the 10th anniversary since its recognition by the United Nations. Professor Herman De Croo, Belgian Minister of State and president of ETSC said: “Today […]

Briefing: European Commission Interim evaluation of the Policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020

Briefing: European Commission Interim evaluation of the Policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020

In June 2015, half way to 2020, the European Commission published its review of the ‘Road Safety Policy Orientations’ (RSPO), a framework with the objective of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020 published in 2010. The review consists of a set of three documents: a European Commission Staff Working Document, a European Commission Interim Evaluation Report and a study commissioned to independent expert Jeanne Breen. In 2010 the road safety community had hoped for, and expected, a new EU 10-year action programme providing […]

International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2015

2 June 2015 is International Level Crossing Awareness Day. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC said: “It is wrong that hundreds are still dying unnecessarily every year in Europe at level crossings. In the long run, we need to replace them with bridges and underpasses. But right now, much more can be done. High-risk level crossings must be identified from the data and prioritised for infrastructure improvements. And we need better enforcement and education to get the message across that level crossings can still […]

Memorandum to the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2015. These include preparing for the new EU roads package including the safety aspects. ETSC strongly welcomes the Luxembourg initiative to put soft forms of transport including walking and cycling centre stage on their Presidency agenda. Safety must be an integral part of increasing take up of these healthier forms of transport. The […]

Memorandum to the Latvian Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Latvian Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Latvian Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2015. These include securing agreements on EU legislation on safer lorry design, Cross Border Enforcement and prioritising work in new areas such as infrastructure safety. The briefing also examines the upcoming policy initiatives from the European Commission including progress towards the 2020 target and reviewing the Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020, with recommendations […]

Briefing: Mid Term Review of the European Commission’s Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020

Briefing: Mid Term Review of the European Commission’s Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020

In July 2010, the European Commission published a set of ‘Road Safety Policy Orientations’ (RSPO), a framework with the objective of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020. While ETSC welcomed the adoption of the 2020 target, our response to the RSPO was that it was a significant step backwards compared to the three previous European Road Safety Action Programmes. ETSC described the document as containing ‘a weak set of objectives and actions’ which calls ‘seriously into question the chances of reaching the target’. […]

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2014

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families and many others also affected, as well as reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General said: I am continually inspired by the potential of youth to transform society. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is […]

Slovenia sets 2022 road safety target

Slovenia sets 2022 road safety target

Slovenia aims to cut road mortality to 35 deaths per million inhabitants by 2022, according to the government’s recently published road safety programme for the period 2013-2022.  According to ETSC’s latest PIN report, there were 61 road deaths per million inhabitants in Slovenia last year, higher than the EU average of 51. See National Road Safety Programme (in English)

Advice on running a road safety week offered

Advice on running a road safety week offered

Brake, the UK road safety charity, is launching a global website for anyone interested in organising a Road Safety Week or similar event in their country.  The site will provide access to resources, case studies and advice to help governments, NGOs, companies, schools, communities and local agencies organise successful road safety events and campaigns. It shares the experience of Brake, which coordinates Road Safety Week in the UK and New Zealand, and other Road Safety Week organisers around the world. The organisation will also […]

Memorandum to the Italian Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Italian Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Italian Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2014. These include securing agreements on EU legislation on automated in-vehicle emergency calling (eCall) and safer lorry design. The Italian Presidency must also strongly support efforts to reach an agreement on a new proposal on the Cross Border Enforcement Directive. The briefing also examines the main recent policy initiatives from the European Commission […]

International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2014

International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2014

A new online video published today for International Level Crossing Awareness Day hopes to better inform policymakers and the public of the dangers associated with level crossings. Level crossing fact file • The International Union of Railways (UIC) estimates that there are over 600,000 level crossings in the world. • According to 2012 figures published in the European Railway Agency (ERA) safety performance report 2014: There are 114,000 level crossings in the EU; There has been a 2% decrease in the number of level crossings […]

26 May 2014 – Alcohol interlocks: towards a European approach for the fight against drink-driving, Warsaw

26 May 2014 – Alcohol interlocks: towards a European approach for the fight against drink-driving, Warsaw

ETSC, The Polish National Road Safety Council and the Polish Motor Transport Institute (ITS) held a round-table event in Warsaw with the aim to raise awareness amongst policy makers, the private sector and key opinion leaders of how to develop a systemic approach to reduce alcohol misuse in road transport. Measures to tackle drink driving such as the use of alcohol interlocks, enforcement, the BAC limit and how to target novice drivers, were on the agenda. Presentations from the event Polish National Road Safety Programme […]

Milan congestion charge cuts crashes

Milan congestion charge cuts crashes

The number of road crashes with injuries in the Italian city of Milan has fallen by 26.3% since a road pricing scheme was introduced in January 2012.  The measure, which has overwhelming public support, has also cut emissions and increased use of public transport. The impressive results were recognised by the International Transport Forum of the OECD, at an award ceremony in Leipzig, Germany in May.  See press release

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