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New legislation will boost availability of digital speed limit information

New legislation will boost availability of digital speed limit information

In a proposed legislative update to EU rules on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), the European Commission says EU Member States will have to supply data on speed limits.  The data will then be available for use by in-vehicle safety systems such as Intelligent Speed Assistance, helping to ensure more accurate information. In a first step, speed limit data will be made available for roads on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), other motorways and primary roads by December 2025. In a second step, the entire […]

Flanders recommends 30 km/h as default speed limit on residential roads

Flanders recommends 30 km/h as default speed limit on residential roads

The Belgian region of Flanders has published new guidelines to local authorities which recommend 30 km/h as the default limit for residential areas.  But the final decision on which limits to apply will rest with local authorities and will not be required by the Flemish government. In Spain, 30 km/h became the national default limit on single lane roads in urban areas in May and there has been pressure in Belgium for a similar policy since the signing of the Stockholm declaration on road […]

Opinion: a closer look at which transport modes cause most harm

Opinion: a closer look at which transport modes cause most harm

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director, ETSC Earlier this month, the European Commission published new analysis of EU road death data that shows which transport modes are responsible for inflicting the most harm.  Similar analysis has previously been carried out at the national level in the UK and France. The breakdown (see infographic above) shows road user type and the other ‘main vehicle’ involved in the crash.  The figures used are from 2019 as detailed data for 2020 are not yet available.  The analysis shows that deaths overwhelmingly occur […]

Intelligent Speed Assistance specifications officially published

Intelligent Speed Assistance specifications officially published

The world’s first regulatory standard for Intelligent Speed Assistance technology has been published in the official journal of the European Union, the final legal step before mandatory fitment in new types of vehicle from next July. ETSC is calling on vehicle manufacturers to go beyond the minimum requirements of the legislation to maximise the huge potential safety benefits of the technology. By next year, the European Union will have, by far, the most stringent vehicle safety standards in the world with systems including Advanced […]

Swiss government sets target of max 100 road deaths a year by 2030

Swiss government sets target of max 100 road deaths a year by 2030

The Federal Roads Office in Switzerland (OFROU) has set itself the objective of reducing the annual number of deaths on Swiss roads to less than 100 and that of serious injuries to less than 2,500 by 2030. The current annual averages are respectively 219 and 3749. ETSC’s Swiss member BFU says this objective constitutes both a strong signal and a major challenge and says policymakers must give road safety the highest priority. BFU says the objectives set by OFROU will require a comprehensive strategy […]

Croatia increases speeding fines and modifies road rules for e-scooters

Croatia increases speeding fines and modifies road rules for e-scooters

Speeding fines will be doubled in Croatia and changes to road rules will be made to set rules for users of micromobility vehicles such as e-scooters, according to an announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia earlier this month. Speeding fines will increase from around €65 today to €130. The minister said that 38% of road deaths this year were a result of inappropriate speed. The highway code changes will allow for e-scooters to be ridden on cycle paths or lanes, and even […]

Speeding fines doubled in Germany

Speeding fines doubled in Germany

Enforcement fines for speeding and other traffic offences are to be substantially increased in Germany from next month, following legal changes agreed in early October. Anyone caught driving 16 to 20 kilometers per hour (km / h) too fast in an urban area will see the fine doubled from 35 to 70 euros.  For those that are caught at 91 km / h instead of the permitted 50 km / h, the fine will be 400 instead of 200 euros. Drivers who do not form an […]

MEPs back 2030 EU road safety plans

MEPs back 2030 EU road safety plans

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to back a document setting out the institution’s views on the EU road safety strategy for the next ten years. The Parliament’s report follows the publication of the European Commission’s ten year road safety plan published back in June 2019, and an outline of planned legislative measures announced in the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy published in December last year. MEPs have endorsed the overall EU strategy, with the headline targets to cut serious injuries and deaths by 50% by […]

Paris moves to 30 km/h across the city, as Brussels hails safety gains

Paris moves to 30 km/h across the city, as Brussels hails safety gains

The French capital has introduced Europe’s largest 30 km/h zone, covering the entire city for the first time with the exception of several main roads, such as the Champs Elysée and the main ring road. 30 km/h limits already covered two thirds of the city, but the zone has now been extended in a further bid to reduce collisions, noise and pollution.  The southern city of Montpellier also introduced a city-wide 30 km/h limit on 1 August. The changes in France came as officials […]

Spain switches most urban roads to 30 km/h amid calls for action in several EU Member States

Spain switches most urban roads to 30 km/h amid calls for action in several EU Member States

30 km/h is the default speed limit on single-lane urban roads in Spain since 11 May, the culmination of a policy announced in changes to the Spanish general road law as far back as  2014. In 2019, official figures showed that, for the first time, the proportion of vulnerable road users killed on Spanish roads exceeded those killed in vehicles.  The push to finally implement the lower speed limits in urban areas was partly influenced by that data. Collisions between vehicles and pedestrians at […]

UN Global Road Safety Week : Eight organisations call on European Parliament to take action on speed

UN Global Road Safety Week : Eight organisations call on European Parliament to take action on speed

Eight organisations are asking the European Parliament to take action on speeding as part of a new strategy on road safety for the next decade. The call has come during the sixth annual UN Global Safety Week which is focused on 30 km/h zones, which can improve the safety, in particular, of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. The European Parliament will vote on a new ten-year road safety programme on 16 June. A total of 18,800 EU citizens died on Europe’s […]

Dutch drivers sticking to the 100km/h speed limit

Dutch drivers sticking to the 100km/h speed limit

Motorists in the Netherlands are mainly sticking to a new 100 km/h daytime speed limit on motorways, put in place last year to combat high levels of pollution. A spokesman for the Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works told media last month that data from 200 motorway sensors showed that the majority of drivers respect the limit, contrary to expectations. Another unexpected benefit has been that many drivers continue to drive more slowly even after the 19.00 deadline passes – with average speeds of 117-118 […]

Streets for life: UN Road Safety Week to promote 30 km/h speed limits

Streets for life: UN Road Safety Week to promote 30 km/h speed limits

The benefits of 30 km/h urban speed limits are the theme of this year’s UN Road Safety Week which runs from 17 to 23 May. The campaign comes as the city of Paris has announced a plan to apply a city-wide default 30 km/h limit by early next year.  The Brussels region introduced a similar change in January, and nearby Leuven has announced it will do the same within months. The UN says low speed streets save lives and 30 km/h (20 mph) speed […]

Member States warned on need for access to in-vehicle crash data

Member States warned on need for access to in-vehicle crash data

ETSC, together with a coalition of organisations, has written to EU Member State representatives to outline concerns over specifications for in-vehicle Electronic Data Recorders which will be mandatory in the EU starting from 2022. The issue relates to the need to record location, date and time events on the devices.  Such information is critical to road safety researchers and in-depth collision  investigations, which, as in the aviation sector, can be used to help prevent a similar situation occurring in the future. While robust data […]

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. The European Union agreed last year that all new cars, vans, lorries and buses should be fitted as standard with a range of new vehicle safety technologies, starting in 2022.  The measures are predicted to prevent 25,000 road deaths within fifteen years, according to analysis […]

Average speed down 9% in Brussels since launch of city-wide 30 km/h limit

Average speed down 9% in Brussels since launch of city-wide 30 km/h limit

The first data on speed and journey times since Brussels introduced its city-wide 30 km/h limit are promising. The city of Brussels introduced Europe’s largest 30 km/h zone on 1 January.  30 km/h became the default with a few exceptions on major roads that remain at 50 km/h. The city described the first results as “very promising” – though acknowledged that a longer period will be needed to assess the full results. Brussels Mobility compared speeds captured by LIDAR detectors at 12 locations during […]

Spain increases section control by 50%

Spain increases section control by 50%

Spain’s Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) will install 45 new time-over-distance cameras throughout 2021, a 50% increase on the currently installed number. Spain currently has 750 fixed speed cameras, 543 mobile units as well as aerial enforcement by helicopter and drone. In addition, there are 82 time-over-distance cameras (also known as average-speed cameras), but this year they will increase to 127.

The French government wants to make it easier for local authorities to install speed cameras

The French government wants to make it easier for local authorities to install speed cameras

French cities and towns will be able to install speed cameras within their territory without consulting with the government’s state representatives (prefects), according to legal changes debated last month. Although speed cameras are a familiar site on French national roads and motorways, until now it has been complicated for mayors to install them on urban roads, requiring multiple levels of bureaucracy to be consulted. If approved, the change would allow mayors to install speed cameras as well as noise and air pollution monitoring equipment […]

Expert group report outlines areas for EU action on speed

Expert group report outlines areas for EU action on speed

The European Commission has published the conclusions of a recent “executive seminar” on the issue of speed and road safety, outlining several recommended areas for action, including suggestions for maximum speed limits for different road categories. The report says too many roads allow speeds which are too high for the safety of all road users present, given the level of protection afforded by the quality of the infrastructure and the vehicles involved. Evidence in different European countries (including Sweden, the Netherlands and France) generally […]

Ministers warned weakening of vehicle safety regulations could lead to up to 1300 extra road deaths a year

Ministers warned weakening of vehicle safety regulations could lead to up to 1300 extra road deaths a year

ETSC, together with a coalition of organisations, has written to all 27 EU Transport Ministers and Industry Ministers expressing concern that vital new EU vehicle safety standards, set to come into force from 2022, could be set for a severe blow. The European Union agreed last year that all new cars, vans, lorries and buses should be fitted as standard with a range of new vehicle safety technologies, starting in 2022.  The measures are predicted to prevent 25,000 road deaths within fifteen years, according […]

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