Vans

Position Paper: Revision of 2003/59/EC on the Initial Qualification and Periodic Training of Drivers of Certain Road Vehicles for the Carriage of Goods or Passengers

Position Paper: Revision of 2003/59/EC on the Initial Qualification and Periodic Training of Drivers of Certain Road Vehicles for the Carriage of Goods or Passengers

The European Commission has published new proposals to revise qualification and training rules for lorry and bus drivers. ETSC welcomed the initiative but says the rules should be extended to van drivers and include elements on avoiding distraction. Data from 2014 show that 3,863 people were killed in collisions involving HGVs of more than 3.5 tons and 751 in those involving buses and coaches. But ETSC points out that more die in collisions involving vans, than with lorries (nearly 4,000 in 2012).  Van use […]

Professional training for truckers should be extended to van drivers

Professional training for truckers should be extended to van drivers

Earlier this month, the European Commission published a proposal to revise qualification and training rules for lorry and bus drivers. ETSC welcomed the initiative but says the rules should be extended to van drivers and include elements on avoiding distraction. Data from 2014 show that 3,863 people were killed in collisions involving HGVs of more than 3.5 tons and 751 in those involving buses and coaches. But ETSC points out that more die in collisions involving vans, than with lorries (nearly 4,000 in 2012).  […]

Managing the Road Risk of Van Fleets

Managing the Road Risk of Van Fleets

The purpose of this report is to give an overview of van safety issues in Europe, and to encourage and enable van fleet operators to navigate European legislation and apply good practice measures for their drivers and businesses. In line with frameworks such as ISO 39001 or the Haddon Matrix, the report focuses on the business case, vehicle management, journey management and compliance-led driver management. While ETSC believes it is in the public interest to tackle safety issues associated with this vehicle category at […]

Two-thirds back ISA for professional vehicles

Two-thirds back ISA for professional vehicles

Two thirds of British adults are in favour of mandatory speed controlling technology on commercial and public transport vehicles, a poll commissioned by Living Streets, a UK charity, has revealed. Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) prevents a vehicle exceeding the speed limit. The YouGov survey found 66% of British adults in favour of it being compulsory for public transport vehicles such as buses and coaches, and 70% in favour for commercial traffic such as lorries and vans. Living Streets says that, as more UK local […]

Parliament green light for new car emergency call system

Parliament green light for new car emergency call system

The European Parliament has backed EU plans for all new types of car and van to be fitted with automated emergency call devices (eCall). However, the Parliament backed away from a 2015 deadline for the introduction of the technology, pending discussions with EU member states. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said: “This technology is all about saving lives by saving time. So politicians should waste no more precious months getting this system in place: the deadline of the […]

MEPs back plan for cars to call 112 automatically

MEPs back plan for cars to call 112 automatically

The European Parliament’s internal market committee has backed EU plans for all new types of car and van to be fitted with automated emergency call devices but opened the door to postponing their introduction beyond the proposed deadline of October 2015. Today’s vote on ‘eCall’ gives a green light for a pan-European ‘type approval’ method to ensure the devices meet the necessary technical standards. The decision follows a vote in December in the transport committee to approve legislation for member states to develop the […]

EU U-turn on mandatory safety checks for motorcycles

EU U-turn on mandatory safety checks for motorcycles

ETSC says the EU’s rejection of regular mandatory technical checks on motorcycles and scooters is a missed opportunity for reducing road deaths in Europe. EU lawmakers agreed this afternoon on a final deal on the ‘Roadworthiness package’ of legislation, originally proposed by the European Commission in October 2012. The agreement says ‘heavy’ motorcycles should be tested from 2022, but even after almost a decade has passed, member states will still not be forced to introduce the checks if they can show they have introduced […]

FAQ: Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA)

FAQ: Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA)

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) is the term given to a range of devices that assist drivers in choosing appropriate speeds and complying with speed limits. Intelligent Speed Assistance technologies bring speed limit information into the vehicle. Drivers receive the same information that they see (or sometimes miss seeing) on traffic signs through an onboard communication system, helping them to keep track of the legal speed limit all along their journey. Information regarding the speed limit for a given location is usually identified from an […]

Position Paper: eCall

Position Paper: eCall

The European Commission has launched further proposals to prepare the way for the introduction of emergency call (eCall) to improve road safety. On the 13th of June, the European Commission proposed a Regulation requestig that all new types of vehicles in categories M1 and N1 entering the EU market after the 1st of October 2015 have an in-vehicle eCall system. On the same date, the European Commission adopted Decision 2013/0166 that will require EU Member States to deploy the necessary eCall Public Service Answering […]

7th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

7th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

Regaining pace: road deaths down by 9% in 2012 A total of 27,700 people were killed in the EU27 as a consequence of road collisions. Around 313,000 were recorded as seriously injured and many more suffered slight injuries. Following disappointing results from 2011, the year 2012 brings a welcome contrast as 27 out the 31 countries monitored by the PIN Programme registered a drop in the number of road deaths. Frontrunners are Malta and Cyprus followed by Israel and Denmark. But road deaths increased […]

Position Paper: Roadworthiness Package

Position Paper: Roadworthiness Package

The European Commission has launched proposals to revise the roadworthiness legislation as part of a new initiative to improve road safety. The first instrument is a revision of the 2009/40/EC Periodic Roadworthiness Directive. The second covers the revision of Directive 2000/30/EC on technical roadside inspections of commercial vehicles. The final Directive to be revised is 1999/37/EC on the requirements for issuing registration certificates. The Directive on Periodic Roadworthiness tests was recast in 2009 but the body of the text has not seen any major […]

Priorities for EU Motor Vehicle Safety Design

Priorities for EU Motor Vehicle Safety Design

Road crashes continue to be the main source of accidental death and injury in the European Union (EU) and throughout the world. Each year in EU countries over 42,000 road users are killed and, when under-reporting is taken into consideration, around 3.5 million are injured. This accounts for an annual cost of over 160 billion Euro and untold pain and suffering. Improvements throughout the traffic system using all the known strategies from crash prevention through to injury reduction and post impact care are needed to respond to the growing […]

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