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30 March 2017 – How to improve urban road safety, Bulgaria

30 March 2017, 09:30-14:30 30 март 2017 г., 9:30 – 14:30 ч. Bulgarian Red Cross, James Bourchier Blvd. 76, Sofia Български Червен кръст, бул. “Джеймс Баучер” 76, София The State-Public Consultative Commission on the Problems of Road Safety and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) held a high-level debate on road safety in urban areas. Държавно-обществената консултативна комисия по проблемите на безопасността на движението по пътищата и Европейския съвет за безопасност на транспорта (ETSC) имат удоволствието да Ви поканят на семинар свързан с пътната безопасност […]

14 March 2017 – How to improve urban road safety, Lisbon

14 March 2017 – How to improve urban road safety, Lisbon

14 March 2017, 09.00 – 14.00 Altis Grand Hotel, Rua Castilho 11, Lisbon The Portuguese Road Safety Association (PRP) and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) held a high-level debate on road safety in urban areas. A Prevenção Rodoviária Portuguesa (PRP) e o Conselho Europeu de Segurança nos Transportes Transport Safety Council (ETSC) têm o prazer de convidar V. Exa. a participar numa discussão técnica subordinada à temática da segurança rodoviária dentro das zonas urbanas. Government representatives, local authorities, police, researchers, NGOs and other stakeholders […]

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).  […]

Dutch government urged to do more on road safety

Dutch government urged to do more on road safety

The director of the Dutch Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV) says the government needs to look at speed limits, increase the number of roads with separate cycle lanes and revise environmental taxes that failed to promote safer vehicles. While the Netherlands has been a leader in road safety in Europe, recent years have seen stagnation and an increase in the number of deaths. In an interview with the AD newspaper, Dr Peter van der Knaap pointed to ETSC research published last year that […]

Commission outlines plans for safer cars, vans and lorries

Commission outlines plans for safer cars, vans and lorries

The European Commission has published a list of 19 lifesaving safety technologies that could be made mandatory on new vehicles in the next update of EU vehicle safety rules expected next year.  The European Transport Safety Council welcomes the announcement but says several critical areas for action are missing, and the proposed timescale is far too long considering that most of the technologies are already available today. 26,000 people die on European Union roads annually, with at least 135,000 suffering life-changing injuries.  Progress on […]

The European Union’s Role in Promoting the Safety of Cycling

The European Union’s Role in Promoting the Safety of Cycling

This paper builds on recent calls for the European Commission to come forward with a cycling strategy for the European Union. ETSC also supports the need for co-ordinated European action on cycling and would welcome a pan-European strategy. This paper is designed to serve as inspiration for the safety component of such a strategy. Cyclists represent 8% of all road deaths in the European Union but big disparities exist between countries. Cyclists (like pedestrians) are generally unprotected and are vulnerable in traffic. As active travel […]

26 May 2016 – Together for cycling safety, Brussels

26 May 2016 – Together for cycling safety, Brussels

Renaissance Hotel, Brussels ETSC and the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge organised a lunch debate on cycling safety in light of the EU’s forthcoming cycling strategy. Cyclists represent 8% of all road deaths and big disparities exist between countries. Moreover, since 2010 the reduction in the number of cyclist deaths has slowed down markedly. The safety of unprotected road users should therefore receive special attention from policymakers at the national and European levels. As active travel is being encouraged for reasons of health and environment, […]

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Transport for London

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Transport for London

Case study: Transport for London ETSC’s PRAISE project addresses the safety aspects of driving at work and driving to work. Its aim is to promote best practice in order to help employers secure high road safety standards for their employees. In this interview, Glen Davies, Programme Manager, Freight & Fleet Programmes at Transport for London discusses the organisation’s approach to integrating road risk management in its supply chain for public works and contracting services. FACTFILE Company: Transport for London (2015 ETSC PRAISE Awards – Public authority […]

5 November 2015 – Improving pedestrian and cyclist safety and tackling driver fatigue, Riga

5 November 2015, 8:30 – 14:00 Ministry of Transport, Gogola street 3, Riga, Latvia The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia held a high-level debate on road safety. State Secretary Kaspars Ozoliņš gave the keynote speech. The debate focused on measures needed to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, and to tackle driver fatigue. Participants – government representatives, local authorities, police, researchers, NGOs and other stakeholders – were invited to react to the presentations of good practices […]

21 September 2015 – Walking and cycling safety – the experience of other EU countries, Luxembourg

21 September 2015 – Walking and cycling safety – the experience of other EU countries, Luxembourg

21 Septembre 2015, 09:00-13:00 Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures, Salle Vianden, 4 Place de l’Europe, 1499 Luxembourg Le ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (MDDI) du Grand-Duché du Luxembourg et le Conseil européen de la sécurité des transports (ETSC) ont organisé un débat sur la sécurité routière dans le cadre de la Présidence luxembourgeoise du Conseil de l’Union européenne. Ce débat a porté en particulier sur les mesures à prendre afin d’améliorer la sécurité des piétons et des cyclistes. Animé par […]

London requires lorry side guards and upgraded mirrors to protect cyclists

London requires lorry side guards and upgraded mirrors to protect cyclists

HGVs without safety equipment to protect cyclists and pedestrians were banned throughout London from September under Britain’s first “Safer Lorry Scheme”. Vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes entering London must now be fitted with sideguards to protect cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of a collision, along with Class V and Class VI mirrors to give the driver a better view of cyclists and pedestrians. Transport for London (TfL) is also planning to require lorries to be fitted with larger […]

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, […]

19 March 2015 – How to improve urban road safety, Cyprus

19 March 2015 – How to improve urban road safety, Cyprus

19 March 2015, 09:00-13:00 EU House in Cyprus, Lordou Vyronos Avenue 30, Nicosia The National Road Safety Council of the Republic of Cyprus and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) held a PIN Talk event in Nicosia on how to improve urban road safety in Cyprus. A round-table discussion offered participants the opportunity to acknowledge achievements and identify future challenges on the road safety in Cyprus cities, towns and villages. Download the agenda. Presentations The road safety performance index. Cyprus among the EU – Dovile Adminaite, ETSC […]

London announces new lorry safety restrictions

London announces new lorry safety restrictions

Older HGVs will have to be retrofitted with sideguards and improved mirrors, or face being banned from London streets from September it has been announced. All roads in Greater London (except motorways) will be covered by the scheme. It will require vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with sideguards to protect cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of a collision, along with Class V and Class VI mirrors giving the driver a better view of cyclists and […]

Setback for safer lorry rules

Setback for safer lorry rules

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) says an EU deal to postpone new rules enabling safer lorry designs is a setback for road safety. Representatives of EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission met last night to hammer out an agreement on new legislation that enables, but does not require, manufacturers to make changes to lorry cabs that improve visibility and reduce the impact of crashes on other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The final agreement, which is still subject to agreement […]

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 […]

Young engineering students recognised for improving cycling safety in Valencia, Milan and Munich

Six engineering students from Spain, Italy and Germany are the winners of a European-wide competition to inspire young people to develop and implement safety improvements for cycling in their local areas. The winners of the Bike Pal Awards, presented today by MEPs at an event in Brussels are: 1st Prize – Cristina Medina Martinez and Sergio Torres Gomez – Polytechnic University of Valencia Presented by Inés Ayala Sender MEP 2nd Prize – Stefano Grillo and Giorgio Wetzl – Polytechnic University of Milan Presented by […]

New study highlights risks to older pedestrians

New study highlights risks to older pedestrians

Fundación Mapfre, a Spanish member of ETSC, has found that the highest-risk group of pedestrians are people aged over 65. Older people tend to suffer more serious injuries and have a higher risk of death according to the research. The organisation is calling for a range of measures including automated braking systems that can detect pedestrians, driver distraction alert systems, improvement to pedestrian crossing design and awareness raising. See study (in Spanish)

New speed limits in Spain

New speed limits in Spain

New speed limits on all Spanish roads are expected to be in force by the end of the summer, according to the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT). According to media reports, certain urban roads will see their limits reduced from the standard 50 kilometres per hour to 30 or even 20.  Speed limits on all secondary roads will be reduce to 90 kilometres per hour, as opposed to 100 most commonly used today. The move is aimed at cutting the numbers of deaths in […]

Response to the European Commission’s Urban Mobility Package

Response to the European Commission’s Urban Mobility Package

The European Commission adopted its urban mobility package on the 17th of December 2013. With 11,000 deaths on the road in urban areas across the EU in 2012, improving road safety in cities has been recognised as a political priority. The new Eurobarometer survey also shows that a large majority of European citizens (73%) considers road safety to be a serious problem in cities. The EU set a goal in the Transport White Paper to: “move towards the target of zero fatalities in road […]

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