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Finland to double number of safety cameras as groups in Spain and the Netherlands call for more enforcement

Finland to double number of safety cameras as groups in Spain and the Netherlands call for more enforcement

Finnish police plan to install an additional 150 safety cameras over the next three years. Municipal officials are currently working with police to determine where to place the devices.  The addition of the new cameras will more than double the current stock of 130. Police also have plans to introduce 25 mobile safety camera vehicles.   The Finnish Transport Agency is preparing a list of proposed sites, the final locations will be based on road safety data.  New data for the first half of 2017 has shown that Finnish motorists are slowing down as a result of increased automated enforcement.   […]

5 October 2017 – Identifying, Evaluating and Preventing Work-Related Road Safety Hazards

5 October 2017 – Identifying, Evaluating and Preventing Work-Related Road Safety Hazards

MAPFRE Foundation, Assembly Hall, Paseo du Recoletos 23,  Madrid 5 October 2017, 9.00 – 13.45 Fundacion MAPFRE, together with ETSC, are holding a seminar on work related road safety as part of the PRAISE Project. The seminar will mainly focus on success stories in relation to fleet and road-related risk management, and will feature businesses and experts from across Europe. English-Spanish interpretation will be provided. For questions and more information, please email laurence.atchison@etsc.eu The full agenda can be viewed here here (in Spanish).    

ETSC on the lookout for fleet road safety champions

ETSC on the lookout for fleet road safety champions

If your organisation has a road safety programme, and results to prove it, you have until 1 September to apply for ETSC’s annual PRAISE Awards for work-related road safety. The competition is divided into three separate categories: SME (Small-Medium Enterprise), large company and public authority. ETSC is especially keen to promote the award to small organisations, who often struggle to balance the issue with other priorities. A survey by a French insurer recently showed that 80% of small and medium enterprises have no specific […]

Spain looking to apply zero tolerance alcohol limits for novice and professional drivers

Spain looking to apply zero tolerance alcohol limits for novice and professional drivers

The Spanish Director General of Traffic has announced new measures targeted at reducing drink driving. The plans, announced following a meeting of the government’s road safety committee in May, include cutting the drink drive limit for professional and novice drivers to zero and suspending the driving licenses of anyone caught drink driving twice in two years. Traffic victims groups said the measures do not go far enough, and that drivers ‘don’t care’ if they lose their driving license. They recommend confiscating vehicles from repeat […]

Netherlands and Spain advance autonomous vehicle plans

Netherlands and Spain advance autonomous vehicle plans

The Netherlands may soon allow testing of autonomous vehicles without a driver on board and the Spanish government is working on a strategic plan for driverless and connected vehicles. Autonomous car tests have been possible in the Netherlands since 2015, though a driver was required to be in the driving seat at all times. The new proposal from transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen is for cars to operate with a “remote driver”. Companies will have to apply for a special license which will […]

New Spanish safety cameras to detect seat belt use

New Spanish safety cameras to detect seat belt use

Spain has installed 225 new safety cameras this month that can detect whether or not drivers are wearing a seat belt. The cameras are being installed at high-risk sites and areas with high traffic concentration. For the first two months after the launch, drivers pictured without a seat belt will be sent a warning letter. After that, fines of EUR 200 will be issued along with the loss of three driving license points. According to official figures for 2015, 22% of deaths on inter-urban […]

60% of Spanish young people admit to riding in a car with a drink driver

60% of Spanish young people admit to riding in a car with a drink driver

A report by the Spanish Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction (FAD) and the Mapfre Foundation has concluded that in the previous six months nearly 64% of people aged between 16 and 30 had travelled in a car driven by someone who had drunk “substantial” alcohol. 32% said the same with regard to travelling with drivers who had consumed marijuana. The study concludes that the highest risk group of youngsters is male with more than five years of driving experience. However, Maria Segui, head […]

09 March 2016 – Fitting Safety as Standard: Intelligent Speed Assistance – Madrid

09 March 2016 – Fitting Safety as Standard: Intelligent Speed Assistance – Madrid

Dirección General de Tráfico DGT, C/Josefa Valcárcel, 44, Madrid 10.30 – 14.30 Online registration For years, speed has been recognised as one of the three main contributing factors to deaths and injuries on our roads. And for more than a decade, ETSC has been advocating the benefits of Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) , a driver assistance system that a 2014 Norwegian study found to be the ‘most effective’ in saving lives. 2016 could prove to be a turning point in wide adoption of the technology. ISA uses a speed sign-recognition […]

1-2 October 2015, Identify, evaluate and prevent occupational road risks, Spain

1-2 October 2015, Identify, evaluate and prevent occupational road risks, Spain

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), together with the Fundación MAPFRE have the pleasure of inviting you to the next PRAISE seminars on work-related road safety to be held in Madrid on Thursday 1st October and Zaragoza on Friday 2nd October. The seminars will mainly focus on success stories in relation to fleet and road-related risk management, and will feature businesses and experts from across Europe. Interpretation English-Spanish will be provided. Madrid – 1 October – (EN/ES) Agenda – Online registration Zaragoza – 2 […]

30 km/h zones: the latest from around Europe

30 km/h zones: the latest from around Europe

30 km/h zones are continuing to spread across Europe with developments in recent months in Belgium, Spain and the UK  – but implementation is sometimes hampered by bureaucracy. The Spanish city of Valencia introduced a 30 km/h zone across the entire historic centre district in September. The decision is designed to improve safety, reduce pollution, encourage shoppers to visit the area on foot and discourage transit traffic from crossing the city through the centre. The eventual aim is to limit all traffic to authorised […]

Spanish road death figures flat in 2014

Spanish road death figures flat in 2014

Deaths on Spanish roads declined by just 3 in 2014, with 1131 deaths compared to 1134 in 2013. The government pointed to several explanations for the slow-down in progress including a rise in distracted driving with more people using applications such as Whatsapp at the wheel. An ageing fleet, linked to Spain’s ongoing economic woes, was also blamed. Jesus Monclús, director of ETSC member Fundación Mapfre told the El País newspaper that some measures “lose effectiveness over time” such as the penalty points system introduced […]

30 km/h limits gaining rapid acceptance across Europe

30 km/h limits gaining rapid acceptance across Europe

Milan is the latest European city to announce plans to introduce 30 km/h zones. The new limits will start to be introduced by March according to an announcement last month. The city’s move reflects growing acceptance of the lower urban speed limits in cities and countries across Europe. The changes follow a decision by the city council of Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, to extend 20 mph (32 km/h) zones to cover some 80% of the city’s streets, including the entire city centre.  Paris also […]

“Worst possible time” to increase Spanish motorway speed limits

“Worst possible time” to increase Spanish motorway speed limits

Spain’s highest government advisory body, the Council of State, has asked the Spanish government to reconsider plans to increase the speed limit on some parts of the motorway network to 130 km/h, saying that it could lead to a higher rate of collisions. The Council also criticised the proposal for failing to take into account the cost of changing speed limit signs, and said the move would lead to a decrease in risk awareness among drivers. The Spanish association of road accident victims also […]

27 November 2014 – Keeping science at the heart of road safety policy-making, Barcelona

The European Transport Safety Lecture 2014 Thursday 27 November 2014, 17:00 Catalan Traffic Service – Servei Català de Trànsit, Generalitat de Catalunya Carrer Diputació, 355 – 08009 Barcelona The European Transport Safety Council’s (ETSC) annual debate event, featuring a keynote speech by María Seguí Gómez, Director General at the Spanish Directorate General for Transport (DGT). Joan Josep Isern Aranda, Director of the Catalan Traffic Service (SCT) and Julio Laria del Vals, Director of the Road Safety Institute of the Fundación MAPFRE, responded to the […]

24 September 2014 – Drink Driving: Working Towards Zero Tolerance, Madrid

24 September 2014 – Drink Driving: Working Towards Zero Tolerance, Madrid

Madrid, 24 September 2014 ETSC and the Spanish Confederation of Driving Schools (CNAE) organised a national event on “Drink Driving: Working Towards Zero Tolerance” in Madrid. The event gathered around 150 international and local experts in the road safety field to share data and best practice on reducing drink driving in the European Union and Spain. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC said: “Spain has made enormous progress in the reduction of road deaths since 2001. However, when looking at drink driving figures the […]

12 June 2014 – Managing Road Safety Risks, Bilbao

12 June 2014 – Managing Road Safety Risks, Bilbao

The Mapfre Foundation and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) held a seminar in Bilbao on managing work-related road safety risk on 12 June. The presentations can all be downloaded below: 1. ETSC PRAISE 2013 – 2015 2. PRAISE Thematic Report Fundacíon Mapfre 3. Work Related Road Safety in the Basque Country 4. EU OSHA – Road Safety Activities 4. Interactive Driving Systems 4. Work Related Road Safety in Spain 5. Business Case – FCC Spain 6. Business Case – ISO 39001 7. Business […]

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