70% of road deaths in European cities are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

70% of road deaths in European cities are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

Tackling urban road safety must be a key priority for the European Union and European countries over the next decade, according to a new report from ETSC. Read more...

MEPs back life-saving vehicle safety standards in key vote.


The European Parliament has given the green light to new minimum EU vehicle safety requirements that will come into force from 2022. Read more...

In-vehicle technology vital to tackling speeding in Europe

In-vehicle technology vital to tackling speeding in Europe

Speeding remains a significant problem in many European countries according to new research published by ETSC. Read more...

Hype around automated cars is dangerously confusing drivers says Euro NCAP

Hype around automated cars is dangerously confusing drivers says Euro NCAP

One in 10 drivers would be tempted to have a nap while using a so-called ‘Highway Assist’ system, such as Adaptive Cruise Control, according to new research published by Euro NCAP alongside new tests of cars featuring advanced driver assistance systems. Read more...

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA)

ISA is a life-saving technology that helps drivers stick to the speed limit. Find out more about how it works and check out our briefing with frequently asked questions.


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. Read our report on seven ways to address the issue.

Post-collision care

Our REVIVE project is looking at best-practice in emergency response across Europe. Find out more.

Latest News

European Commission outlines new road safety policies for the next decade
  • 19/6/2019

The European Commission has published its Road Safety Policy Framework for the period 2021...

France backtracks on 80km/h speed limit despite positive results
  • 31/5/2019

French départements will soon be able to revert to a 90km/h...

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In the media

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
“As a whole, the EU is doing well, but to reach the 2020 target, we’re going to need a lot more effort, especially in the less well-performing countries.”
Ellen TownsendFinancial Times

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  • Centre for Transport and Logistics (CTL), Sapienza – University of Rome
  • German Road Safety Council / Deutscher Verkehrssicherheitsrat (DVR)
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