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Europe must boost safety for cyclists and walkers

Europe must boost safety for cyclists and walkers

138,400 pedestrians and cyclists killed in road traffic over twelve years EU set to review motor vehicle safety rules: campaigners call for new safety technologies to be fitted as standard – pedestrian protection tests for new cars should be upgraded and extended to protection for cyclists EU member states should implement 30 km/h zones in residential areas 7,600 people died in road traffic while cycling or walking in the EU in 2013 according to new research: the equivalent of a commercial airliner full of […]

Making Walking and Cycling on Europe’s Roads Safer (PIN Flash 29)

Making Walking and Cycling on Europe’s Roads Safer (PIN Flash 29)

Around 138,400 pedestrians and cyclists lost their lives on EU roads between 2001 and 2013. 7,600 were killed in 2013 alone. Deaths among pedestrians and cyclists, who are the most vulnerable road users and whose use of the roads is being encouraged for reasons of health and sustainability, account for 29% of all road deaths across the EU. Pedestrians killed represent 21% and cyclists 8% of all road deaths. But big disparities exist between countries. Moreover, there is a high level of underreporting of […]

Bulc: “We will and we must continue to take steps to tackle drink driving”

Bulc: “We will and we must continue to take steps to tackle drink driving”

The European Commissioner for Transport Violetta Bulc has spoken in support of further steps to tackle drink driving in Europe. Speaking in a pre-recorded video statement for an event in the European Parliament today she reiterated her earlier promise that road safety would be one of the ‘top priorities’ of her mandate. But while pointing out that across the EU drink driving “is responsible for a quarter of road deaths” she also admitted that Europe is “behind” on use of technology that can tackle […]

International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2015

2 June 2015 is International Level Crossing Awareness Day. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC said: “It is wrong that hundreds are still dying unnecessarily every year in Europe at level crossings. In the long run, we need to replace them with bridges and underpasses. But right now, much more can be done. High-risk level crossings must be identified from the data and prioritised for infrastructure improvements. And we need better enforcement and education to get the message across that level crossings can still […]

Memorandum to the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2015. These include preparing for the new EU roads package including the safety aspects. ETSC strongly welcomes the Luxembourg initiative to put soft forms of transport including walking and cycling centre stage on their Presidency agenda. Safety must be an integral part of increasing take up of these healthier forms of transport. The […]

Managing Young Drivers at Work

Managing Young Drivers at Work

Organisations are increasingly aware of the business case for introducing road safety management programmes to reduce work-related road risk. The many benefits include cutting preventable injuries, mitigating losses associated with collisions and boosting corporate social responsibility efforts. The focus of this report is to give an overview of the issues specific to managing young drivers at work. Evidence shows that young people have the highest collision involvement of any road user group. This report looks into the direct and indirect factors associated with higher […]

Civil society groups form ‘Better Regulation’ Watchdog to protect citizen, worker and consumer rights

Civil society groups form ‘Better Regulation’ Watchdog to protect citizen, worker and consumer rights

More than 50 civil society organisations, including ETSC, have joined forces to create the ‘Better Regulation Watchdog’ – a network to protect citizens’, workers’ and consumers’ rights. The network was launched today in Brussels, one day ahead of the expected announcement of the European Commission’s so-called ‘Better Regulation’ reforms. The network of organisations from around Europe is concerned that the ‘Better Regulation’ agenda aims to weaken or undermine essential regulations and subordinate the public good to corporate interests. The creation of the network is […]

EU driving license changes give a boost for alcohol interlocks

EU driving license changes give a boost for alcohol interlocks

A harmonised EU code on alcohol interlock devices for driving licences comes into force on 15 May in a move that could help boost usage and enforcement of the technology across Europe. Several countries in the EU including Sweden, Finland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands have laws requiring drink driving offenders to install alcohol interlocks in their vehicles. The devices prevent the vehicle from being driven if the driver has been drinking. 6500 deaths could be prevented annually if drink driving was eliminated in […]

France to run trial of 80 km/h limits on three roads

France to run trial of 80 km/h limits on three roads

The French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has announced a two-year trial of a lower 80km/h limit on roads with no central separation, down from 90 km/h. The test will be conducted on three stretches of road, covering a total of 81km. The move was part of a package of measures announced in January in response to a rise in deaths on French roads of 4% last year. Victims groups have been calling for all 90km/h limit roads to be reduced to 80km/h, a measure […]

Luxembourg toughens up penalty point system

Luxembourg toughens up penalty point system

Drivers caught speeding in Luxembourg will face tougher penalties from 1 June when a revised driving license points system comes into force. Speeders will have four or six points deducted, up from two or four points today. For the first time, drivers caught using a phone or tablet while driving, tail gating or ignoring one way signs will also lose two points on their license. Drink and drug drivers will also see in an increase in the penalty from four to six points. Political […]

7 May 2015 – SMART approaches to tackling drink driving, Prague

7 May 2015 – SMART approaches to tackling drink driving, Prague

7 May 2015, Prague, Czech Republic ETSC and the Czech Transport Research Centre (CDV) have the pleasure to invite you to a national conference on tackling drink driving. The event will feature representatives from both the Czech and Slovakian transport ministries and will look at the most effective measures for reducing the number of alcohol-related road deaths. The debate will also be an opportunity to gather EU representatives, national stakeholders and decision makers together with road safety experts and campaigners from across Europe. Download […]

UN Road Safety Week 2015 – ‘Save Kids Lives’ – What the EU can do

UN Road Safety Week 2015 – ‘Save Kids Lives’ – What the EU can do

ETSC is pleased to support the third annual UN Global Road Safety Week which runs from 4-10 May. This year’s events and actions are all about highlighting the plight of children on the world’s roads and generating action to better ensure their safety. How safe are European roads for children? Last year ETSC published new research into children killed in cars in the EU showing that, in 2012, at least 319 child car occupants aged 0 to 14 were killed. Our soon-to-be published report […]

29 April 2015 – Tackling drink driving: what can European countries learn from one another? – Paris

29 April 2015 – Tackling drink driving: what can European countries learn from one another? – Paris

Alcool au Volant: comment progresser grâce aux échanges de bonnes pratiques ? 29-04-2015, 09:00-13:00 Auditorium, Fédération française des sociétés d’assurances, 26 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris **Media coverage La Croix AFP The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), Association Prévention Routière (APR) and the Inter-Ministerial Delegation for Road Safety (DSCR) are delighted to invite you to the next European Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) national event. Le Conseil Européen de la Sécurité des Transports (ETSC), la Délégation à la Sécurité et à la Circulation Routières (DSCR) […]

22 European countries join forces for speed enforcement marathon

22 European countries join forces for speed enforcement marathon

Provisional results from the first pan European 24-hour speed enforcement marathon have been released by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network. 18 out of 22 countries have now provided data. So far, a total of 122,581 speeding offences were detected over the 24 hour period covered.  Of these, 116,479 offences were detected by police officers, with 6,102 detections using automatic devices. A total of 4,352,234 vehicles were checked during the exercise. The countries who have provided data so far are: Cyprus (350 offences); Germany […]

Stipdonk and Ward to lead ETSC Road Safety Performance Index programme

Henk Stipdonk and Heather Ward are to take over as co-chairs of the ETSC Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme steering group, it has been announced. Professor Richard Allsop, chair of the programme since its creation in 2006, will step down in June. Dr Stipdonk is the head of the road safety assessment and forecasting department at SWOV, the Dutch institute for road safety research. He joined SWOV in 2004 from the Dutch ministry of transport where he headed several departments over a 14-year […]

New survey reveals many Europeans still don’t take seatbelt laws seriously

New survey reveals many Europeans still don’t take seatbelt laws seriously

A new survey on seat belt use in Europe has revealed large numbers are still failing to belt up, despite the risks. The pan-European survey,  sponsored by Ford and published earlier this month, found that 1 in 3 admit to not wearing a seat belt in rear seats. One in four drivers also said they did not insist on rear seat passengers belting up. The survey of people in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, and the UK also showed that those in Romania […]

Commission report gives ‘green lights’ for mandatory fitting of new safety tech

Commission report gives ‘green lights’ for mandatory fitting of new safety tech

A major new study for the European Commission has identified a range of new vehicle safety technologies that are suitable for mandatory fitting as part of a review of EU vehicle safety legislation.  The report, carried out by consultants TRL, names technologies including Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) and seat belt reminder systems in passenger seats as ‘feasible in terms of the technology required’, already available on the market and offering a positive benefit-cost ratio. Plans already agreed by the EU […]

Report positive on impact of EU road infrastructure safety rules

Report positive on impact of EU road infrastructure safety rules

A major review of EU road infrastructure safety management legislation has found that the impact has been positive for road safety in a number of key areas. Extending the legislation to cover national roads as well as the trans-European road network currently covered would also save more lives according to the analysis.  A number of countries are already doing this. The report found that many countries have not encountered difficulties in the application of the directive. Furthermore, evidence suggests that Member States with poorer […]

22 April 2015 – Alcohol interlocks and the fight against drink-driving, Lisbon

22 April 2015 – Alcohol interlocks and the fight against drink-driving, Lisbon

Wednesday 22 April 2015, 09:00-13:00. Portuguese Parliament, R. Imprensa a Estrela 6, 1200-661, Lisbon. The European Transport Safety Council, the Portuguese Ministry of Home Affairs/National Road Safety Authority (ANSR) and the Portuguese Road Safety Association (PRP) set-up a round-table event in Lisbon to discuss holistic approaches to addressing alcohol misuse in road transport. The event covered measures to tackle drink driving such as the use of alcohol interlocks, research findings and case studies from EU member states. The round-table discussion provided participants with the […]

Transport ministers agree on cross-border enforcement deal

Transport ministers agree on cross-border enforcement deal

Rules for sharing information on traffic offences committed by drivers of foreign vehicles will apply to all EU countries from 2017. The extension of the existing rules to include the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark is the main change brought about by the new cross-border enforcement directive adopted by Transport ministers last month. The vote followed a preliminary deal reached with the European Parliament in December and a parliament plenary vote on 11 February. Member states must incorporate it into their national laws by […]

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