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New publication sets out eight steps to improved road safety education

A new approach for the development of road safety education courses and materials has been set out in a report produced by experts in eleven European countries and published today by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV) and Fundación MAPFRE. The report is envisaged as a starting point for those who design, test, implement and evaluate educational activities on traffic safety and mobility, and are embarking upon the creation of new, or updating existing, activities. The new […]

Millions of children missed out on road safety education during Covid-19 lockdowns

Millions of children missed out on road safety education during Covid-19 lockdowns

Children across Europe missed out on road safety lessons and tests for cycling and walking safely amid Covid-19 lockdowns and school closures, according to a new report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV) and Fundación MAPFRE.  However, several education experts consulted for the report found that lockdown boosted innovation in delivery methods, tools and working practices which could lead to improved outcomes in the future. The report has been published to coincide with the third UNESCO […]

Israel cracks down on remote e-scooter unlocking for unauthorised and underage riders

Israel cracks down on remote e-scooter unlocking for unauthorised and underage riders

Israel’s National Road Safety Authority is demanding changes to the way e-scooter hire apps verify users and rider age following investigations of fatal collisions that revealed several gaps.  In a press release issued in December the NRSA said it had written to Lime, Wind and Bird, the main operators in Israel, calling for changes – and the companies had responded positively. The authority told ETSC that post-collision investigations had revealed several flaws with e-scooter sharing apps, notably: As a new subscriber, it was easy […]

Belgian-UK study: positive messages encourage safer driver behaviour more than fear tactics

Belgian-UK study: positive messages encourage safer driver behaviour more than fear tactics

A new study has shown that films demonstrating responsible behaviour could lead to young drivers taking fewer risks on the road than if they only saw videos aimed at provoking fear of accidents. Over one million people are killed in road accidents each year and drivers below the age of 25 account for nearly half of road deaths. Dr Yaniv Hanoch, Associate Professor of Risk Management at the University of Southampton, said: “Governments around the world have adopted a plethora of interventions aimed at […]

Finland drops “cars for kids” plan

Finland drops “cars for kids” plan

The entry-into-force of a new law in Finland to permit children as young as 15 to drive regular cars fitted with speed limiters has been withdrawn following drawn-out discussions with the European Commission about the legal and road safety implications of the scheme. The proposals, put forward two years ago by the Finnish government, would have allowed children to drive cars up to 1500 kg at speeds of up to 60 km/h and with only an AM category license – normally reserved for mopeds […]

Insurer: Lockdown accelerates UK young driver speeding by 15%

Insurer: Lockdown accelerates UK young driver speeding by 15%

Co-op Insurance says speeding alerts issued to its UK young driver policyholders have increased by a sixth (15%) in recent weeks. Co-op’s telematics data which monitor drivers’ behaviours such as how fast they take corners, how they brake and whether they are observing the speed limit, show some are driving faster than they legally should be.  The UK has been a leader in car insurance policies linked to telematic devices fitted in the policy holder’s vehicle.  As a means of helping to keep young […]

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 […]

Finnish “cars for kids” plans postponed following European Commission warnings

Finnish “cars for kids” plans postponed following European Commission warnings

The entry-into-force of a new law in Finland to permit children as young as 15 to drive regular cars fitted with speed limiters has been postponed following an intervention by the European Commission. The proposals, put forward last year by the government, would have allowed children to drive cars up to 1500kg at speeds of up to 60 km/h and with only an AM category license – normally reserved for mopeds and light quadricycles.  The original legal proposal set a speed limit of 45 […]

Report reveals vast differences in delivery of road safety education across Europe

Report reveals vast differences in delivery of road safety education across Europe

There are vast differences in the amount of road safety education given to children across Europe, particularly at secondary school level, according to a new report. The research shows that while road safety education is provided to children in primary education all over Europe, it is not given to youngsters in secondary education in a fifth of the 36 European states and regions studied. Moreover, the research reveals that traffic safety and mobility education is only sparsely addressed in secondary education in most of […]

Eight European students win the YEARS awards for upgrading dangerous road infrastructure in their communities

Eight European students win the YEARS awards for upgrading dangerous road infrastructure in their communities

Four pairs of engineering students from Italy, Lithuania and Poland have been recognised for projects to redesign and upgrade high-risk road infrastructure in the cities of Milan, Naples, Vilnius and Kraków. The students’ projects were delivered as part of YEARS (Young Europeans Acting for Road Safety), a Europe-wide project on the road safety of young people managed by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the UK’s Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) with the support of the European Commission, the German Road […]

New EU vehicle safety standards essential to reducing child road deaths

New EU vehicle safety standards essential to reducing child road deaths

More than 8,000 children aged 0-14 years have been killed in road traffic collisions over the last ten years in the European Union, new data show. Half of the children killed were travelling in cars, a third were walking and 13% were cycling, according to a report published today by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). One in every 13 child deaths in the European Union occurs as a result of a road collision. The European Commission is expected to announce a long-overdue update […]

Antwerp to trial lorry ban at beginning and end of school day

Antwerp to trial lorry ban at beginning and end of school day

The Belgian city of Antwerp has announced a trial of restrictions on heavy goods vehicles in two areas during the early morning and afternoon on school days. Lorries will be prohibited from circulating between 7.30 and 9.00 and between 15.00 and 17.00 when children are travelling to and from school. The Flemish pedestrians organisation Voetgangers Beweging has welcomed the announcement, describing the measure as a ‘Christmas gift to the children of Antwerp’ and called for expansion of the scheme across Flanders.

Consumer organisation calls for revised child cycle helmet standards

Consumer organisation calls for revised child cycle helmet standards

The Belgian consumer organisation Test-Achats/Test-Aankoop has called for tougher safety standards for children’s cycle helmets after it found large differences in the ability of current models to protect against brain injury. The organisation commissioned the University of Strasbourg to test twelve child cycle helmets using a digital model of the human head to simulate the protection offered. Price offered no indication of performance, as an €80 model was outperformed by one selling for €10.  The best model tested carried a 30% risk of brain […]

ETSC outlines ways of reducing deaths in single motor vehicle collisions

ETSC outlines ways of reducing deaths in single motor vehicle collisions

A third of road deaths in the EU happen in collisions that involve a single motorised vehicle where the driver/rider and/or passengers are killed but no other road users are involved. These Single Vehicle Collisions (SVCs), and how to prevent them occurring, are the subject of a new report from ETSC, published today. Nearly 7300 road users lost their lives in 2015 in SVCs in the EU with around 100,000 such deaths occurring over the last ten years according to the data revealed in […]

Targeted safety measures needed to prevent road deaths among young drivers

Targeted safety measures needed to prevent road deaths among young drivers

Zero tolerance on drink driving, additional hazard perception training and graduated driver licensing schemes should become the norm in order to help tackle the disproportionate risks faced by young drivers and motorcycle riders in Europe, according to a new report. Over 3800 young people (aged 18-24) are killed each year on EU roads, the biggest single cause of death for this age group.  According to the report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the UK Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), […]

More than half of drivers go more than 10km/h too fast in 30 km/h school zones

More than half of drivers go more than 10km/h too fast in 30 km/h school zones

An investigation by the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI) has found that 90% of drivers exceeded 30 km/h speed limits near schools with more than half travelling at 40km/h or more. In areas away from schools, drivers appeared more likely to stick to the limit. The BRSI says the zones need to be accompanied by infrastructure measures such as traffic humps. This is sometimes not the case for schools on main roads where, out of school hours, the limit can be up to 70 […]

ISA for kids

ISA for kids

A new mobile phone game launched by the Automobile Club of Romania is encouraging kids to tell their parents when they exceed the limit. Plimbă Ursul (Bear Driver) features a bus driven by a bear, collecting friendly animals from bus stops along his route.  Using GPS data, the game tracks the speed of the vehicle the child is travelling in, and warns if it is going too fast.  The child can then let the driver know – and if they don’t slow down, the […]

Extend young driver probation period says KFV

Extend young driver probation period says KFV

The Austrian road safety board, an ETSC member, says the novice driver probation period should be doubled to four years. In an interview with Austrian national radio, KFV’s director Othmar Thann said most collisions occur when the trial period ends. Mr Thann also warned that mobile phone use by young drivers is an increasing problem and should be tackled with training courses for those that are caught – similar to existing programmes for other driving offences. KFV also says the moped license needs revising, […]

Belgium announces lower drink drive limit for young drivers, alcohol interlocks on buses

Belgium announces lower drink drive limit for young drivers, alcohol interlocks on buses

The Belgian government is to follow France with the introduction of a 0.2 g/l blood alcohol limit for young and novice drivers as well requiring alcohol interlocks for vehicles used in public transport. France’s lower BAC limit came into force in July and the country’s alcohol interlock requirements were extended to all coaches from September. Previously they were only required on coaches carrying school children.  Urban buses are excluded from the measure. The new Belgian measures are part of a 15-point road safety plan […]

New project targets young road users

New project targets young road users

Reducing the dangers facing younger road users is the focus of a new ETSC project, known as YEARS, which was launched at an event in Brussels in October. The project, in partnership with technical universities across Europe, will work with students to develop projects in their local area aimed at improving the safety of young road users.  The project also aims to encourage policymakers to develop road safety policies that specifically target this group. Divera Twisk, an expert from the SWOV Institute for Road […]

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