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London to make 20mph the default speed limit

London to make 20mph the default speed limit

The mayor of London has announced plans to make 20mph (+/- 30 km/h) the default speed limit in the city as part of a new Vision Zero road safety action plan. The speed limits will be accompanied by redesigned streets, speed cameras and on-street enforcement as part of a Safe System approach. As well as the work on speed limits, the mayor has set a target of reducing the numbers killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by 65% by 2022, based on the […]

France introduces 80km/h limit on 400,000km of road

France introduces 80km/h limit on 400,000km of road

Two-lane roads with no separating guard rail in France have had their default speed limit reduced from 90 to 80 km/h since 1 July, fulfilling a commitment made by the Prime Minister in January. The change applies on 40% of the French road network; some 400,000 km of roads are affected by the lower limit. The government says that 350-400 deaths a year could be prevented by the measure. 55% of French road deaths occur on two-lane roads with no separating guard rail. A […]

Speed awareness courses more effective than fines

Speed awareness courses more effective than fines

The findings of a study by Ipsos MORI and the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds have shown that participation in National Speed Awareness Courses in England and Wales has a larger effect in reducing speed reoffending than penalty points and fines. Reoffending rates were estimated to be reduced by up to 23% for those that completed a course, during the six months following their participation.  After three years, the reduction in reoffending rates was up to 18%. Speed Awareness Courses […]

OECD study says inappropriate speed responsible for up to 30% of all fatal crashes

OECD study says inappropriate speed responsible for up to 30% of all fatal crashes

Inappropriate speed is responsible for 20 to 30% of all fatal road crashes according to the latest review of research on the relationship between speed and crash risk. A new report by the OECD’s International Transport Forum analysed eleven cases from ten countries that have recently changed speed limits or introduced large-scale automatic speed control i.e. using time-over-distance cameras. The analysis confirmed the very strong relationship between speed and crash risk and that higher speed is associated with increased occurrence and severity of road […]

France – 80 km/h trial resulted in lower average speeds

France – 80 km/h trial resulted in lower average speeds

A trial of lower speed limits on unseparated national roads in France has led to a reduction in speeds driven according to a new report by Cerema, a research institute. The trial, announced in May 2015, was run on three stretches of road, totalling 81km. Last month, the French government announced that the speed limit on all unseparated national roads would be reduced from 90 to 80 km/h from this Summer. Cerema observed the speeds before and after the lowering of the speed limit. […]

Flanders to expand time-over-distance camera network

Flanders to expand time-over-distance camera network

The number of road sections covered by time-over-distance cameras in the Belgian region of Flanders will more than double in 2018, from 31 locations to 68. The Flemish region now has time-over-distance cameras at 27 locations on regional roads and at three locations on motorways.  The expanded network will include 34 new locations on regional roads and 3 locations on motorways. One Flemish MP, Joris Vandenbroucke welcomed the increase. “Speed ​​is a killer on the roads. And we know from experience with the current […]

Opinion: Des limites de vitesse plus sûres – pourquoi la France prend la bonne route

Opinion: Des limites de vitesse plus sûres – pourquoi la France prend la bonne route

Antonio Avenoso, Directeur exécutif, ETSC English version L’article 4 de la Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen de 1789 stipule: “La liberté consiste à pouvoir faire tout ce qui ne nuit pas à autrui  …” Ces mots historiques semblaient appropriés hier, le gouvernement français ayant annoncé un certain nombre de mesures visant à améliorer la sécurité routière, notamment une réduction de la limite de vitesse de 90 à 80km/h sur les routes secondaires à double sens, dont les deux voies ne sont […]

Opinion: Safer speed limits – why France is taking the right road

Opinion: Safer speed limits – why France is taking the right road

By Antonio Avenoso, ETSC Executive Director Version française Article 4 of the 1789 French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of The Citizen states: “Liberty consists of doing anything which does not harm others…”. These historic words seemed appropriate yesterday as the French government announced a number of measures to improve road safety including a reduction of the speed limit on unseparated rural roads from 90km/h to 80km/h.  The move has sparked a sadly now predictable backlash on social media and from groups […]

Safer speed limits and boost for alcohol interlocks as France announces major road safety push

Safer speed limits and boost for alcohol interlocks as France announces major road safety push

Two lane roads with no separating guard rail in France will have their default speed limit reduced from 90 to 80 km/h and alcohol interlocks will be required for recidivist drink driving offenders as part of the French government’s latest road safety crack-down. The measures, announced by the Prime Minister earlier this month, also include the possibility of suspending the license of a driver using a mobile phone at the wheel. The 80km/h limit has led to a backlash from motoring groups and on […]

Ireland considers tougher penalties for speeding

Ireland considers tougher penalties for speeding

The Irish transport minister Shane Ross has called for tougher penalties for drivers that speed. Responding to the latest road death figures for Ireland, which were lower than the previous year, he told the Irish Times newspaper that speeding should be treated like drink driving, with more penalty points for those that exceed speed limits by a higher degree. In the United Kingdom, between 3 and 6 penalty points can be given for speeding offences. Mr Ross also indicated that he was considering more […]

Global NCAP looks to boost take-up of speed assistance systems worldwide

Global NCAP looks to boost take-up of speed assistance systems worldwide

The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) will start to award additional safety points for cars fitted with Speed Assistance Systems (SAS) from next year and Euro NCAP will start to require regular digital map updates in the near future to improve reliability of the systems over time.  Euro NCAP has been awarding safety points to carmakers for installation of Speed Assistance Systems since 2013.  Several car manufacturers now offer cars fitted with Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) systems, the version of the technology preferred by ETSC. Overiddable ISA, which ETSC would like to see made mandatory […]

Pressure grows for wider use of 30km/h limits in urban areas

Pressure grows for wider use of 30km/h limits in urban areas

Policymakers in Germany, Ireland and Scotland are being asked to support the wider roll out of 30km/h speed limits, especially in urban areas where cars interact with pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.  At a high-level event organised by ETSC’s Irish member the Road Safety Authority (RSA) earlier this month, the organisations’s chief executive Moyagh Murdock said despite Dublin’s pioneering rollout of 30km/h limits, the rest of the country was ‘falling behind’ and called for more local authorities to follow the capital’s lead.   ETSC’s German member DVR is also backing […]

London will require ISA on buses following successful trial

London will require ISA on buses following successful trial

Transport for London will require Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) to be fitted on public buses in the city from later this year following a successful trial.  TfL tested an after-market mandatory ISA system on a small number of buses. The system proved to be effective, and was found to be particularly useful at preventing speeding in 20mph zones.  The trial found that despite the system used being mandatory, i.e not overridable by the driver – there were a few occasions when buses exceeded the speed limit on […]

Finland to double number of safety cameras as groups in Spain and the Netherlands call for more enforcement

Finland to double number of safety cameras as groups in Spain and the Netherlands call for more enforcement

Finnish police plan to install an additional 150 safety cameras over the next three years. Municipal officials are currently working with police to determine where to place the devices.  The addition of the new cameras will more than double the current stock of 130. Police also have plans to introduce 25 mobile safety camera vehicles.   The Finnish Transport Agency is preparing a list of proposed sites, the final locations will be based on road safety data.  New data for the first half of 2017 has shown that Finnish motorists are slowing down as a result of increased automated enforcement.   […]

Belgian study says lower, variable speed limits will speed up commuting

Belgian study says lower, variable speed limits will speed up commuting

Reducing the speed limit on Belgian motorways, particularly during periods of high congestion, would increase average speed and reduce journey times according to research by ETSC’s Belgian member VIAS institute.   Simulations showed that a reduction of the speed limit at peak times, together with a ban on changing lanes would lead to an increase in the actual speed.   “Now the average speed during rush hour is only 44 km/h. The lower limit would see an increase to 57 km/h,” said Wouter Van den Berghe of VIAS Institute. With dynamic limits, traffic flow would improve because everyone drives at a similar speed […]

Drivers in France take more risks when driving for work

Drivers in France take more risks when driving for work

Drivers on work-related journeys in France are more likely to engage in risky behaviours than those on private trips according to a report by Axa, an insurer.   The research found that 88% of drivers speed on work business, compared to 82% on private trips. Similar differences were found for driving while fatigued, distracted driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.   The study was carried out before legal changes that now require companies in France to reveal who was driving a company vehicle in the case […]

Video campaign puts speeders face to face with the families of victims

Video campaign puts speeders face to face with the families of victims

A powerful new video created by the Belgian police and a traffic victims organisation has been viewed more than half a million times on Facebook.  The short film shows speeding drivers pulled over by the police and then invited to step into the back of a car where they meet a stranger who has lost a loved one due to speeding.  The campaign, which uses the hashtag #SpeedTalk, uses the slogan “There are conversations that you never forget.”  Watch the film on YouTube or Facebook.  

Weakened road safety law proposal criticised in Finland

Weakened road safety law proposal criticised in Finland

ETSC’s Finnish member organisation Liikenneturva has criticised a government proposal to weaken a number of key aspects of road safety. The proposals include a revision to Finland’s world-renowned system of linking fines for traffic offences to income known as the ‘day fine’. The government’s proposal is in future to only apply the system in cases where the speed limit has been exceeded by 30 km/h or more. Likkenneturva has pointed out that this change could have serious consequences in particular for urban areas, where […]

New German campaign focuses on the people affected by a single road death

New German campaign focuses on the people affected by a single road death

The German Road Safety Council (DVR), an ETSC member, has launched a new national communications campaign with three key messages: slow down; keep your distance and hands off your phone. For the first time the campaign also looks at the numbers of people affected by every road death including family and friends, colleagues as well as the emergency workers that have to deal with the carnage. An average of 113 people is the figure used for the new approach. https://www.runtervomgas.de/

Larger range of cars now offering Intelligent Speed Assistance

Larger range of cars now offering Intelligent Speed Assistance

Citroën, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are the latest brands to launch vehicles with Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA). The Citroën C3 is the first supermini class car to feature an ISA system that helps drivers keep within speed limits.  The Citroën system shows the current speed limit and then lets the driver choose if they would like to set the speed limiter to the new limit. ETSC says this additional step is unnecessary and could dissuade drivers from engaging the system. Other recent models from the […]

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