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Opinion: will Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) live up to its promise?

Opinion: will Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) live up to its promise?

By Graziella Jost This summer, new models of car, van, bus and lorry that come on to the EU market must be fitted, as standard, with a range of new safety technologies. But Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), one of the most promising of these new features in terms of road safety, could fail to bring the hoped-for benefits. What happened? ISA, as it was originally envisaged, is a fantastic life-saving […]

As road deaths increase, France looks at weakening speed penalties

As road deaths increase, France looks at weakening speed penalties

The French interior ministry is apparently considering relaxing speed sanctions to only apply the penalty point system for speeding in excess of 5 km/h over the posted speed limit, according to an unnamed source quoted by the AFP news agency. Today, anyone going above the speed limit can be fined and have points removed from their license.  The fines and amount of penalty points is linked to the level of […]

ETSC statement on ‘EU Save Energy’ speed recommendations

ETSC statement on ‘EU Save Energy’ speed recommendations

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has welcomed new recommendations from the European Commission to local, regional and national authorities to reduce speeds on motorways and in urban areas. The announcement is part of a wide-ranging package of energy saving measures designed to help reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas, and support existing EU policies on climate change.  ETSC says lower speeds always reduce the risk of collisions occurring, […]

European Commission and IEA call for lower speeds on highways

European Commission and IEA call for lower speeds on highways

The International Energy Agency and the European Commission have outlined a range of simple steps that people can take to reduce their energy use and save money, and that would save enough oil to fill 120 super tankers and enough natural gas to heat almost 20 million homes if adopted by all EU citizens.  The measures include the suggestion to reduce highway speeds, and to walk and cycle or take […]

50 km/h roads where cyclists and cars mix are disproportionately dangerous according to new Dutch data

50 km/h roads where cyclists and cars mix are disproportionately dangerous according to new Dutch data

Figures published earlier this month by Statistics Netherlands show that cyclists account for an increasing share in the number of road deaths. While the number of fatal car crashes has fallen dramatically since 2000 in the Netherlands, the number of fatal bicycle collisions continues to hover around 200 per year. In the past two years, more cyclists than motorists have been involved in collisions. In 2021, 582 people died in […]

Call for lower speed limits to help reduce dependence on Russian oil

Call for lower speed limits to help reduce dependence on Russian oil

ETSC, together with environmental and road safety organisations, has written to the European Commissioners responsible for Climate Action, Energy, Environment and Transport, calling for recommendations on lower speed limits as a way of tackling dependence on Russian oil, as well as emissions and road deaths. The six organisations say that with the catastrophic invasion of Ukraine, European reliance on Russian oil has become a strategic threat and the current crisis […]

100 German cities want the right to set 30 km/h limits

100 German cities want the right to set 30 km/h limits

An initiative in Germany to push for local government powers to set 30 km/h limits has signed-up its 100th city.   The “Lebenswerte Städte durch angemessene Geschwindigkeiten” campaign, which can be roughly translated as “Liveable cities need reasonable speeds”, is calling on the federal government to change the law in order to let local authorities introduce 30 km/h speed limits more easily.  The current road traffic law sets narrow limits for […]

ETSC Reaction to the 2021 EU Road Safety Figures

ETSC Reaction to the 2021 EU Road Safety Figures

The European Commission has published figures for road deaths in the 27 EU Member States in 2021, showing that 19 800 people were killed in a road crash last year.  This represents an increase of 5% compared to 2020 – the year of Covid-19 lockdowns, and a 13% reduction  compared to 2019, the last year before the pandemic. Commenting on the new figures, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European […]

Opinion: Lower speed limits are a triple win for reducing dependence on Russian oil, emissions and road injury.

Opinion: Lower speed limits are a triple win for reducing dependence on Russian oil, emissions and road injury.

A letter published in today’s edition of the Financial Times: The move by the EU to phase out imports of Russian oil by 2027 is a welcome development in light of the barbaric invasion of Ukraine (“EU plans emergency measures to control surging energy bills”, Report, March 12). Urgent action is needed. We would like to recommend a measure that could be taken quickly and relatively simply to significantly cut […]

Enforcement of rules on drink-driving and mobile phone use at the wheel decreases in majority of European countries

Enforcement of rules on drink-driving and mobile phone use at the wheel decreases in majority of European countries

Significant weaknesses in the enforcement of road safety rules are holding back progress on reducing road deaths in Europe, according to a new report from the European Transport Safety Council. The report examines the state of enforcement of speed limits and seatbelt wearing as well as rules on drink-driving and use of mobile devices at the wheel between 2010 and 2019 across Europe. Ellen Townsend, ETSC’s policy director, commented: “Thousands […]

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), […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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