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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 […]

British and Swiss public back 30km/h limits

British and Swiss public back 30km/h limits

Two new surveys carried out in Switzerland and the UK have found that an overwhelming majority support 30km/h (20 mph) limits. ETSC’s Swiss member BfU carried out a survey in March that found 65% of people believed that 30 km/h zones would cut the risk of accidents. BPA says that 38% of the Swiss population already live in 30km/h zones. The UK road safety charity Brake, together with Allianz, an insurer, published findings of a similar survey in April. It found that 78% of […]

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 […]

Weights and Dimensions of Heavy Goods Vehicles – Maximising Safety

Weights and Dimensions of Heavy Goods Vehicles – Maximising Safety

In this briefing, ETSC makes the case for supporting the redesign of the front end of HGVs to reduce the current risks to both car occupants and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists (VRUs). A change in design could have a significant impact on the number of deaths and serious injuries involved in collisions with HGVs.

EU urban mobility plan lacks teeth say road safety campaigners

EU urban mobility plan lacks teeth say road safety campaigners

ETSC says European Commission plans to improve urban mobility will need strengthening if they are to have a measurable impact on road safety. Commenting on yesterday’s launch of the ‘Urban Mobility Package’, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC said: With 11,000 deaths on the road in urban areas across the EU each year, it is right that the European Commission says improving road safety in our cities should be a political priority. We welcome the renewed push to share good practice and further encouragement […]

Position Paper: Proposal to Amend Maximum Weights and Dimensions of Vehicles

Position Paper: Proposal to Amend Maximum Weights and Dimensions of Vehicles

The European Commission has proposed a revision of Directive 96/53/EC which prescribes the maximum permitted weights and dimensions for vehicles using the road networks in the European Union. The proposal will grant derogations from the maximum dimensions of vehicles for the addition of aerodynamic devices to the rear of vehicles and give the possibility to redefine the geometry of the cabs for tractors. The derogations must meet certain requirements, one of which is not to increase the load capacity of vehicles. The requirements will […]

Integrating Safety into the EU’s Urban Transport Policy

Integrating Safety into the EU’s Urban Transport Policy

Transport safety is an essential component of sustainable urban mobility and should be firmly integrated into the mobility planning processes by cities. A total of 38% of road deaths occur in urban areas in 2009. The EU has set a target to reduce road deaths by 50% by 2020 as well as the longer term “vision zero” by 2050. The European Commission recently adopted its ‘First Milestone towards a Serious Injury Strategy’ in March this year. This new initiative is also highly relevant to […]

Raising the Bar – A Review of Cycling Policies in the European Union

Raising the Bar – A Review of Cycling Policies in the European Union

A comprehensive review of EU and individual member state cycling policies examining infrastructure, the relationship between cyclists and other vehicles and road user behaviour. Includes policy recommendations.  

Pedalling towards Safety: EU Cycling Safety Ranking

Pedalling towards Safety: EU Cycling Safety Ranking

Around 2,100 cyclists were recorded as killed in traffic collisions in 2010 in the 24 EU countries where the data is available, representing 7.2% of the total number of road deaths recorded in those countries. Over the 2001-2010 decade the number of cyclist deaths was reduced by just 39%, compared to the 43% reduction in the overall number of road deaths observed in the same countries. EU-wide, 2009 and 2010 saw slower progress in reducing the number of cyclists killed on the roads than […]

5th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

5th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

This 5th PIN Report provides an overview of European countries’ performance in three areas of road safety. It builds on the four previous Road Safety PIN Reports published in June 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 . The report compares developments in reducing road deaths between 2001 and 2010 and reveals which countries have achieved the EU 2010 target and how other countries have progressed towards it. It estimates the monetary value of the benefit to society from the reduction in deaths and looks ahead […]

The Safety of Vulnerable Road Users in the “SEC Belt”

The Safety of Vulnerable Road Users in the “SEC Belt”

An overview of the protection of vulnerable road users in the Southern, Eastern and Central European Countries Clearly, road safety is not equally distributed across the EU-15. There is what one can call a “North-South Divide”. While Northern European countries have developed and implemented plans and policies that have significantly improved road safety, the South of Europe generally lies below an EU-15-average in relation to almost all safety indicators. In addition to this already existing imbalance, the road safety situation in the 10 new member states suggests the emergence […]

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