Report calls for action on goods vehicle safety

Overhaul of EU rules on driver medical fitness needed

The current EU approach to assessing whether drivers are medically fit to hold a licence needs substantial revision, according to a new report by ETSC.Read more...

MEPs urged to prevent weakening of Intelligent Speed Assistance requirements

MEPs urged to prevent weakening of Intelligent Speed Assistance requirements

ETSC, together with a coalition of organisations, has written to members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) with a call to prevent the weakening of the minimum requirements for Intelligent Speed Assistance technology. Read more...


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Speed is the number one killer on Europe’s roads. Read our latest report on how EU countries are tackling the problem.


Drink-driving is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Europeans every year. Our interactive map shows how different European countries are tackling the problem.

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Latest News

ETSC statement on the 2020 EU road death figures
  • 20/4/2021

Commenting on the data on road deaths in 2020 published today by the European...

Member States warned on need for access to in-vehicle crash data
  • 19/4/2021

ETSC, together with a coalition of organisations, has written to EU...

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In the media

Significant reductions in road casualties for vehicle occupants across Europe in the last decade have not been matched by equivalent safety gains for pedestrians and cyclists, a report has shown.
The European Union plans to require speed-limiting and emergency braking technology in all new car models starting in 2022, along with dozens of other technical features to improve road safety.
Limiti di velocità, abbassandoli di 10 km all’ora si risparmierebbero duemila vite l’anno.
Europe changes gear over speed limits on country roads.
Car industry lobbyists are pushing the EU to weaken safety technology proposals, even though their own research predicts the move would cause more than 1,000 extra road deaths each year.
Aumentando i limite di 20 Km ci sarebbe un incremento di almeno 5 km/h di velocità media. E questo comporterebbe più vittime e incidenti. L’esempio francese prova la teoria.
Mehr als 8100 Kinder sind in den vergangenen zehn Jahren auf Europas Straßen ums Leben gekommen: Das ist die traurige Bilanz einer neuen Studie des Europäischen Verkehrssicherheitsrates ETSC.
Meer dan 5.000 van de 25.000 verkeersdoden per jaar in de Europese Unie zijn te wijten aan alcohol. Dat staat in een nieuw rapport van de Europese organisatie voor verkeersveiligheid ETSC. De European Transport Safety Council spoort de lidstaten aan om alcoholsloten in vrachtwagens en bussen te verplichten.
El Consejo Europeo de Seguridad del Transporte ha hecho un llamamiento a la UE para exigir que se coloquen sistemas de bloqueo de alcohol, un dispositivo de prueba de aliento que evita que el vehículo arranque si el conductor excede el límite, en todos los vehículos profesionales nuevos y que se adapten a los automóviles utilizados por los infractores reincidentes.
According to the European Transport Safety Council fatigue causes about 20% of accidents in commercial vehicles in the EU.
Among its recommendations, the ETSC report urges EU legislators to push through rules making new in-car safety technology such as autonomous emergency braking, intelligent speed assistance, alcohol interlocks mandatory.
Progress in reducing road deaths across Europe has "virtually ground to a halt" since 2014. That is the blunt assessment of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).
Switzerland's efforts to reduce the number of fatalities on the road between 2010 and 2016 have earned Bern the European road safety prize...
"Independent checks, or “driving tests” for automated systems and self-driving vehicles must be a pre-requisite for their use. Technologies should be approved for use on a step-by-step basis, starting with the safest environments such as motorways."
Antonio AvenosoFinancial Times
"Extensive trials of intelligent speed assistance in the UK proved that most drivers’ appreciation of the system increased as they got used to it."
Antonio AvenosoIrish Times
"Automated vehicles are already starting to appear on Europe’s roads, but regulators are still stuck in the slow lane. It is crucial that we get a much greater understanding of what the real world safety benefits would be, and what new risks would be introduced, before these vehicles are put on sale."
Antonio AvenosoThe Guardian
"Technical standards are where the EU adds value."
Antonio AvenosoFinancial Times
"This study shows that EU and US trade negotiators would potentially be putting lives in danger by allowing vehicles approved in the US to be sold today in Europe and vice-versa. What’s needed is an open and transparent process for getting both sides up to the highest level of safety across all vehicles."
Antonio AvenosoThe Independent (UK)
“Today’s vote will help put an end to the injustice of foreign drivers escaping traffic penalties while locals get punished for the same offence. This is a long overdue change.”
Antonio AvenosoEuropean Voice
"It's regrettable that it will be several years before we see all new cars fitted with [eCall] and that other vehicles aren't covered by the legislation yet."
Antonio AvenosoBBC News

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