Frank Mutze

23 June 2020 – The LEARN! Key Principles Webinar

Online event Tuesday 23 June 2020, 11:00-12:30 CEST The LEARN! Key Principles are 17 recommendations that should be implemented in all European countries, in order to ensure that everyone – and especially children and youngsters – receive high quality traffic safety and mobility education. This webinar presented these Key Principles, and showed how they can be applied in practice through examples from Belgium, Greece, the Netherlands and Norway. Click here to download the agenda and click here to watch the recording of the webinar. […]

Report highlights key principles for improving traffic safety and mobility education

Report highlights key principles for improving traffic safety and mobility education

On the second UNESCO International Day of Education, a new report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV) and Fundación MAPFRE highlights 17 key principles for delivering effective road safety education in Europe. Education is an essential part of the “Safe System approach” to road safety. European countries have committed to providing traffic safety and mobility education, notably in schools at all levels. However, a previous report by the same authors showed that the provision of such […]

LEARN! Key Principles for Traffic Safety and Mobility Education

LEARN! Key Principles for Traffic Safety and Mobility Education

Education is an essential part of the Safe System approach to traffic safety. European countries have committed to providing traffic safety and mobility education, notably in schools at all levels. However, the previous LEARN! report showed that the provision of such education differs widely across Europe, with most countries not following through on their commitments. This publication therefore sets out recommendations that should be implemented in all European countries, in order to ensure that everyone – and especially children and youngsters – receive high […]

The Status of Traffic Safety and Mobility Education in Europe

The Status of Traffic Safety and Mobility Education in Europe

Education is considered an essential part of the integrated approach to traffic safety. While it is important to view road safety education as a lifelong learning process, this report focuses on how such education is given at schools in Europe. Even though the overwhelming majority of European countries have signed the UNECE’s Convention on Road Traffic and thereby committed to provide road safety education in schools at all levels, this first overview of traffic safety and mobility education in Europe shows that in practice […]

24 January 2019 – European Traffic Education Seminar, Madrid

24 January 2019 | 09:30-16:00 MAPFRE Campus Monte del Pilar Ctra. Monte del Pilar, 28001 Madrid, Spain ETSC, Fundación MAPFRE and the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV) organised the 2019 edition of the European Traffic Education Seminar in Madrid on 24 January 2019. To sufficiently equip young road users to become safe road users, education remains of chief importance. This is especially true for secondary school pupils (aged 12 – 18) as they start to travel independently and have to deal with more complex […]

20 November 2018 – Safe and Sober Talk: Alcohol Interlocks and the Fight against Drink-Driving, The Hague

20 November 2018, 09:00-13:00 Pulchri Studio Lange Voorhout 15, 2514 EA, The Hague, The Netherlands The European Transport Safety Council held the Safe and Sober Talk “Alcohol Interlocks and the Fight against Drink Driving” in The Hague on 20 November 2018. Last year, 613 people lost their lives on Dutch roads and hardly any progress has been made in reducing the annual number of road deaths since 2010. In addition, between 2006 and 2016, more than 199 people in the Netherlands died in road […]

15 November – Regulating Drug Driving to Protect All Road Users, Warsaw

15 November 2018, 09:00-13:30 Radisson Blu Sobieski Warsaw Plac Zawiszy 1, 02-025 Warsaw, Poland The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Polish Motor Transport Institute (Instytut Transportu Samochodowego – ITS) held a seminar on drug driving on 15 November in Warsaw, Poland. Knowledge of the road safety toll from driving under the influence of psychoactive drugs is growing. In Poland, 10% of drivers have admitted to have driven under the influence of drugs. The prevalence of illicit drugs amongst killed drivers has been […]

Briefing: EU Strategy for Automated Mobility

Briefing: EU Strategy for Automated Mobility

On 17 May 2018 the European Commission adopted a strategy paper on automated driving . The paper was published as part of the EC’s third mobility package, which also includes new vehicle safety standards, updated rules on road infrastructure safety management and a strategic action plan on road safety. This short briefing reflects ETSC’s first analysis of the paper with suggestions for areas that need further development. ETSC warmly welcomes, and fully agree with the Commission’s acknowledgement that when it comes to automated mobility, “only […]

18 September 2018 – Safe & Sober Talk: Alcohol Interlocks and the Fight against Drink-Driving, Oslo

Tuesday 18 September 2018, 09:30-13:00 Christiania Qvartalet Meeting Center Grev Wedels Plass 7, 0151 Oslo, Norway The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Norwegian Motorists Association (MA Rusfri Trafikk) and the Norwegian Council for Road Safety (Trygg Trafikk) organised the Safe and Sober Talk “Alcohol Interlocks and the Fight against Drink-Driving” in Oslo on 18 September 2018. During the Safe and Sober Talk in Oslo, experts outlined the drink driving situation in the Norway as well as the EU, while international experts presented their […]

28 May 2018 – Safe & Sober Talk: Influence of Alcohol on Road Safety, Prague

28 May 2018, 10:00 – 14:40 Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic Meeting room No. 108/A Sněmovní 4, 118 26 Praha 1, Czech Republic The event was kindly hosted by Dan Ťok (Minister of Transport),  Olga Sehnalová (Member of the European Parliament), Jiří Dušek (Member of the Senate), as well as Marian Jurečka and Milan Feranec (Members of Parliament). The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Czech Transport Research Centre (CDV) organised the Safe and Sober Talk “The Influence of Alcohol on Road Safety” in […]

Letter: Safety Concerns over Driver Overreliance on Lane Change Assist Systems

Letter: Safety Concerns over Driver Overreliance on Lane Change Assist Systems

Earlier this year, technical requirements for “lane change assist” systems were finalised at UNECE level in Geneva. These rules are expected to be integrated into EU law within a few months, which would enable manufacturers to sell cars fitted with such systems on the European market. According to the agreed UNECE requirements, such lane change assist systems will only be required to verify whether it is safe to conduct a lane change by checking to the rear of the vehicle; it is expected the […]

17 May 2018 – Regulating Drug Driving to Protect all Road Users, Madrid

17 May 2018 – Regulating Drug Driving to Protect all Road Users, Madrid

17 May 2018, 09:30 – 14:00 Fundación MAPFRE Paseo de Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid, Spain The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and Fundación MAPFRE organised a seminar on drug driving on 17 May in Madrid, Spain. Knowledge of the road safety toll from driving under the influence of psychoactive drugs is growing. In Spain, 12% of drivers have admitted to have driven under the influence of drugs. The prevalence of illicit drugs amongst killed drivers has been estimated at around 8% in some European […]

Letter: Improving the Transparency of the Exemption Procedure for the Type Approval of New Vehicle Technologies

Letter: Improving the Transparency of the Exemption Procedure for the Type Approval of New Vehicle Technologies

Earlier this year, ETSC reported on safety concerns regarding the so-called ‘Article 20’ exemption procedure for type-approval of new vehicle technologies. This procedure allows for new technologies, for which no EU type-approval legislation yet exists, to be authorised for use on European roads. However, no information is made public about which technologies and manufacturers are concerned by the decisions. Discussions and votes are furthermore held during behind-closed-doors meetings, with little to no information made available afterwards. The latest approval of an automated lane change […]

Briefing: Contraflow Cycling

Briefing: Contraflow Cycling

There are various reasons for cities’ traffic managers to use one-way traffic as a tool to organise traffic flows, including, among others, accommodating to the characteristics of the street (such as narrowness), increasing the availability of parking spaces and guiding traffic in a specific direction. It is however suggested that cyclists are strongly negatively affected by one-way streets and more so than other modes of transport. This as detours would be more strongly felt by cyclists both in terms of relative extra distance as […]

20 February 2018 – Reducing Drink Driving in Europe, European Parliament, Brussels

Lunch debate, Members’ Salon, European Parliament, 20 February 2018, 12:30 – 14:30 This event was kindly hosted by Dieter-Lebrecht Koch MEP. Up to a quarter of the 26,000 deaths on European roads each year are estimated to be alcohol-related. Improved enforcement, lower blood alcohol limits, alcohol interlocks, awareness campaigns and rehabilitation programmes are some of the measures in place across Europe to tackle the scourge. But for the European Union to meet its road safety targets, more will need to be done in the near […]

17 November 2017 – Regulating Drug Driving to Protect all Road Users, Vienna

17 November 2017, 09:00-13:00 Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) Radetzkystraße 2, 1030 Vienna, Austria The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV) organised a seminar on drug driving on 17 November in Vienna, Austria. Knowledge of the road safety toll from driving under the influence of psychoactive drugs is growing. In Austria, 7% of drivers have admitted to have driven under the influence of drugs. The […]

Briefing: Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)

Briefing: Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)

Digital technologies have developed rapidly over the past decades and they are increasingly being introduced in transport. While Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) focus on digital technologies providing intelligence placed at the roadside or in vehicles, C-ITS focuses on the communication between those systems – whether it is a vehicle communicating with another vehicle, with the infrastructure, or with other C-ITS systems. Vehicles and infrastructure equipped with C-ITS can, for example, communicate a warning to each other, after which the drivers are informed about the […]

17 October 2017 – Alcohol interlocks for drink driving offenders: what can Switzerland learn from other countries?

17 October 2017 – Alcohol interlocks for drink driving offenders: what can Switzerland learn from other countries?

17 October 2017, 10:00 – 13:00 bfu/bpa Conference Room Hodlerstrasse 5a, 3011 Bern, Switzerland The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu/bpa) organised the Safe and Sober Talk “Alcohol interlocks for drink driving offenders: what can Switzerland learn from other countries?” on 17 October 2017. During the Safe an Sober Talk, the use of alcohol interlocks as part of rehabilitation programmes was discussed with representatives from the Swiss Federal Roads Office (FEDRO/ASTRA), the Road Traffic Office of the Canton […]

29 September 2017 – ISA on all policy levels, Brussels

29 September 2017 – ISA on all policy levels, Brussels

29 September 2017, 13:00-14:00 ITS.be Congress Bluepoint Conference Centre, Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80, 1030 Brussels The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) held the Knowledge Sharing Session “ISA on all policy levels” during the ITS.be Congress on Friday 29 September. Speakers included David Schoenmaekers (Belgian Federal Government, Department of Mobility and Transport), Ben Van Roose (Agoria), Bert Boterbergh (Ministry of Mobility and Public Works, Flemish Government), and Graziella Jost (ETSC). ISA – Intelligent Speed Assistance – is an overridable system that communicates the current speed limit […]

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