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Opinion: An opportunity for the EU to show it can have a positive impact on all our lives

Opinion: An opportunity for the EU to show it can have a positive impact on all our lives

by Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director Amidst the screaming headlines surrounding the possibility of an outbreak of Ebola in Europe over the last few weeks, I can’t help but question our society’s perception of risk. Less than a handful of people have died from Ebola in Europe and those that tragically have were all medical staff in direct contact with sufferers. The WHO maintains that a major outbreak in Western Europe is ‘unlikely’. But every week in Europe, on average, 500 people die on our […]

Leap forward for lorry direct vision proposed

Leap forward for lorry direct vision proposed

A new study by researchers at Loughborough University shows how blind spots in HGVs could be significantly reduced with a modified cab design that takes advantage of proposed new EU rules on lorry dimensions. The Loughborough team’s design would have an 80cm longer cab with a rounded nose, smaller dashboard, expanded glazed areas and a slightly lower driver position, panoramically expanding the range of sight from behind the wheel. The study included analysis of data covering 1,906 UK accidents involving HGVs to ascertain the […]

New Commission urged not to downgrade transport safety

New Commission urged not to downgrade transport safety

ETSC has written to the president-designate of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker following early indications that transport safety could be deprioritised by the new Commission. The letter was a response to a six-page ‘mission letter’ sent by Mr Juncker to Maroš Šefčovič, who is set to become the new EU transport policy chief replacing Siim Kallas. In the mission letter, which was published on the Commission website, Mr Juncker only mentioned safety in passing, and only in very vague terms. The topic was not mentioned […]

Automated Emergency Braking should be mandatory

Automated Emergency Braking should be mandatory

ETSC is calling for Automated Emergency Braking systems to be fitted as standard on new cars in the EU. The technology, which is already available as an optional extra even on low-cost vehicles, has been described by one leading UK vehicle safety expert as potentially ‘as important a breakthrough as the seatbelt’. Peter Shaw, chief executive of Thatcham Research, the UK insurance industry’s research centre, made the comments to What Car? Magazine, while also calling for government subsidies for buyers who opt for an […]

UK trial for self-driving vehicles

UK trial for self-driving vehicles

Self-driving vehicles will be soon start appearing on British roads with the UK government set to approve limited trials. The UK government announced plans in July for new measures that give the green light for driverless cars to take to the roads from January 2015. British cities can bid for a share of a £10 million competition to host a driverless cars trial. The government is calling on cities to join together with businesses and research organisations to put forward proposals to become a test […]

Rise of budget cars could create ‘two tier’ market for safety – Euro NCAP

Rise of budget cars could create ‘two tier’ market for safety – Euro NCAP

Euro NCAP has warned that the budget car trend being driven by Europe’s economic stagnation could lead to a ‘two-tier’ market for road safety in Europe as the latest technologies are made available only on top-spec or premium models.  In a report setting out the organisation’s long term strategy to 2020,  Euro NCAP also highlights rising sales of quadricycles as another challenge that needs to be addressed. Euro NCAP published a disturbing set of crash test results for quadricylces for the first time last […]

Transport ministers hold back progress on lorry safety

Transport ministers hold back progress on lorry safety

EU member states have dealt a blow to plans to allow lorry makers to sell safer vehicles. Transport ministers meeting today agreed that European Commission proposals to enable, not require, manufacturers to make changes to lorry cabs that improve visibility and reduce the impact of crashes on other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists should be subject to an eight-year delay. The position of transport ministers is at odds with the European Parliament, which said in April that safer cab designs should be permitted with no […]

Quadricycle safety ‘way below’ cars says EuroNCAP

Four car-like vehicles classed as ‘quadricycles’ have performed poorly in tests carried out by the vehicle safety organisation EuroNCAP with some showing serious risks of life threatening injuries. Quadricycles are a new class of sub-compact vehicle that has emerged in Europe in recent years. Although street-legal, quadricycles do not have to pass any of the rigorous crash tests to which cars are subjected. The tested models were the Club Car Villager 2+2 LSV, the Renault Twizy 80, the Tazzari ZERO and the Ligier IXO […]

UK insurers back Autonomous Emergency Braking

UK insurers back Autonomous Emergency Braking

UK insurance companies have said mandatory fitting of automated emergency braking systems (AEB) in new cars could save 1220 lives in the UK over ten years. The systems, which variously use lasers, radar or video cameras to activate the brakes and automatically stop a car when an imminent collision is detected, were described as ‘the new seatbelt’ by Matthew Avery, director of research at the UK insurance industry’s research centre. The technology is already available as an optional extra on a number of new […]

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 […]

Ranking EU Progress on Car Occupant Safety (PIN Flash 27)

Ranking EU Progress on Car Occupant Safety (PIN Flash 27)

Around 240,000 car occupants were killed in road collisions in the EU in the years 2001-2012. There were 12,345 deaths in 2012 compared with 27,700 in 2001 (1), a cut of 55%. Deaths of car occupants were cut by more than the overall death rate (49%) and substantially more than the rate for other road users (41%). Car occupants have therefore benefitted more than other road users from road safety measures adopted over the past decade. This is not surprising, as many of those […]

12,000 killed in cars in EU in 2012

12,000 killed in cars in EU in 2012

Seat-belt reminder alerts in all car seats could save 900 lives a year Spain and Latvia make biggest progress in cutting car deaths Transport safety campaigners are calling on the European Union to accelerate progress on reducing the number of people killed in cars every year in the EU, as new research shows 12,345 car occupants were fatally injured in 2012. The report into trends in car occupant safety, published today by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), found that 900 lives could be […]

European Parliament backs safer lorries

European Parliament backs safer lorries

The European Parliament has voted to support revised rules on the dimensions of heavy goods vehicles that will enable manufacturers to produce safer lorries. The legislation will allow for cabs with improved visibility, especially important for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in urban areas. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said: “This legislation is a step forward because it will enable innovative new designs that include crumple zones along with better visibility and protection of car occupants, pedestrians […]

MEPs say yes to safer lorries

MEPs say yes to safer lorries

The European Parliament’s transport committee has voted overwhelmingly in support of proposals to improve the safety of heavy goods vehicles. The revised rules on lorry dimensions will allow for cabs with improved visibility, especially important for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in urban areas. Welcoming the news, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said: Europe is a global leader in vehicle safety. This vote brings us a step closer to bringing innovations on crumple zones, visibility and pedestrian […]

The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – Safeguarding Safety

The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – Safeguarding Safety

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement that is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. It aims to remove trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors including passenger cars. The EU and the U.S. also want to tackle barriers such as differences in technical regulations, standards and approval procedures. In this briefing, ETSC stresses that, it is essential that common vehicle safety standards are moved up, not down. ETSC emphasises that there is […]

In-car automated emergency calls move a step closer

In-car automated emergency calls move a step closer

EU plans for all new cars to be fitted with automated emergency call devices (eCall) moved a step closer today following a vote in the European Parliament’s Transport committee. ETSC welcomed the move. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC said: “After a serious car crash, every second counts. This system has the potential to save many lives because it will enable the emergency services to respond quicker. “The European Parliament has been a strong supporter of eCall, it’s important that Parliament negotiators continue to […]

Position Paper: Longer and Heavier Vehicles

Position Paper: Longer and Heavier Vehicles

   

3rd Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

3rd Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

This 3rd PIN Report provides an overview of European countries’ performance in four areas of road safety. It builds on the 1st and 2nd Road Safety PIN Reports published in June 2007 and 2008 respectively. It shows how countries have progressed in reducing road deaths between 2001 and 2008 and how they perform in protecting a particular vulnerable group: children. It also gives an overview of the striking disparities in the market penetration of safe cars and outlines the role of European capitals as […]

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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