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Final deal reached on mandatory automated emergency calling for new cars

Final deal reached on mandatory automated emergency calling for new cars

The European Transport Safety Council welcomes the final political agreement between the European Parliament and EU member states on mandatory installation of ‘eCall’, a system for sending automated emergency calls from cars in the event of a crash. The deal requires new models of car launched in the EU from 31 March 2018 to be fitted with the system. Separate legislation, already agreed by the European institutions requires member states to put in place the infrastructure to handle eCalls. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of […]

Call for ban on alcohol advertising in Formula 1

Call for ban on alcohol advertising in Formula 1

The FIA has rejected a call from campaigners to end alcohol advertising in Formula 1 – denying responsibility for ‘commercial rights’ in the sport. Supporters say that position ignores an earlier recommendation by the FIA to end tobacco sponsorship. The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) wrote to Jean Todt, President of the FIA, calling for the ban in an open letter published last month. Mariann Skar, the secretary general of the body, wrote: “When considering the continued destructive prevalence of drink-driving, permitting the mixed messages […]

Germany, UK and France report increases in road deaths

Germany, UK and France report increases in road deaths

Partial data for this year show increases in the numbers of road deaths in the EU’s three most populous countries raising fears that 2014 could mark an end to more than ten years of progress in improving road safety in the EU. UK government figures released earlier this month show a 3% increase in people killed and a 4% increase in people killed and seriously injured (KSI) with a 1.7% increase in traffic during the year ending June 2014. David Davies, executive director of ETSC […]

New transport commissioner says road safety will be a top priority

New transport commissioner says road safety will be a top priority

The recently-appointed EU commissioner for transport Violeta Bulc has said road safety will be one of the ‘top priorities’ of her mandate. Speaking in a video message recorded for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Mrs Bulc made the ‘personal pledge’ to the families, friends and colleagues of those that have lost people close to them or have been ‘physically or mentally affected’ by road collisions. Bulc, who is from Slovenia, was a last-minute addition to the team of President Jean-Claude Juncker […]

New study makes case for black boxes in cars, vans and lorries

New study makes case for black boxes in cars, vans and lorries

A major new study for the European Commission has found considerable potential safety benefits and low costs for the installation of Electronic Data Recorders (EDRs) in cars, vans and lorries. The research, carried out by TRL in the UK, found that EDRs are already fitted to almost all new cars in Europe, and have been for some years. The systems are generally linked to the control units used to deploy airbags in the event of a collision.  Most meet the minimum specification set by […]

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2014

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families and many others also affected, as well as reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General said: I am continually inspired by the potential of youth to transform society. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is […]

ETSC shows new MEPs the benefits of smart speed tech

ETSC shows new MEPs the benefits of smart speed tech

At its first major event for newly-elected MEPs in the European Parliament, ETSC and leading experts on Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) technology briefed policymakers on how the systems work, and how they can benefit road safety, business, consumers and the environment. The European Commission is currently reviewing which new safety technologies should be fitted as standard in new cars. A revised ‘General Safety Regulation’ is expected later this year. Research shows that assisting, but overridable, ISA systems could reduce fatal crashes by 37%. The […]

Estonia promotes alcohol interlocks in public tenders

Estonia promotes alcohol interlocks in public tenders

The Estonian Road Administration has begun promoting the use of alcohol interlocks in public buses through the tendering process. In 2014, four tendering processes including the new criteria were carried out where additional points were awarded to bids that proposed bus services with vehicles fitted with standardised alcohol interlocks. As a result, 140 buses which are used for public passenger services are being equipped with alcohol interlocks as of next year.  Although alcohol interlocks for buses remain voluntary, the outcome of the latest tendering […]

Opinion: An opportunity for the EU to show it can have a positive impact on all our lives

Opinion: An opportunity for the EU to show it can have a positive impact on all our lives

by Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director Amidst the screaming headlines surrounding the possibility of an outbreak of Ebola in Europe over the last few weeks, I can’t help but question our society’s perception of risk. Less than a handful of people have died from Ebola in Europe and those that tragically have were all medical staff in direct contact with sufferers. The WHO maintains that a major outbreak in Western Europe is ‘unlikely’. But every week in Europe, on average, 500 people die on our […]

Increase in railway deaths in 2013

Increase in railway deaths in 2013

96 passengers and 27 staff were killed on Europe’s railways in 2013 according to figures released in October by the International Union of Railways (UIC). The UIC says passenger deaths increased for the first time since 2010 due to ‘exceptional’ railway incidents in 2013. A single crash, the Santiago de Compostela high-speed train derailment in July 2013 accounted for 79 deaths. In addition, 279 level crossing users died, and 643 ‘trespassers’ i.e. people present on railway premises where such presence is forbidden. UIC says […]

German insurer says zero tolerance age limit for young drivers should be increased

German insurer says zero tolerance age limit for young drivers should be increased

Allianz Germany, an insurer, says the country’s zero tolerance alcohol policy for young drivers should be increased from 20 to 24 years. Drivers in the age group 21-24 are twice as likely to be drunk when involved in an accident than younger or older drivers according to their research. DVR, ETSC’s German member, says the current laws have led to a ‘now I can’ effect, with young drivers finding drinking before driving more acceptable once they pass their 21st birthday when the extra legal […]

European employers show road safety is good for business

European employers show road safety is good for business

Arriva Denmark, The Hellenic Air Force and Bolk Transport recognised for major commitment to fleet safety Five European private and public-sector organisations have been recognised for the results of company-wide programmes they have put in place to improve the road safety of their employees, vehicle fleets and the public. The winners of the 2014 European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) PRAISE Awards for Work-Related Road Safety, announced at an event in Brussels today are: Large company – Arriva, Denmark Public authority – The Hellenic Air […]

Belgian region to triple section controls as poll shows public support

Belgian region to triple section controls as poll shows public support

70% of Belgian road users are in favour of an increase in the number of average speed checks on motorways according to a poll by the motoring organisation VAB.  The results were timely as Belgium’s northern region Flanders is set to triple the number of such controls from next year. Six out of ten of those surveyed also said that speed limits must be more strictly enforced in urban areas. See story (in French)

Online campaign warns of risks on rural roads

‘Brake before the bend’ is the slogan of a new UK public awareness campaign warning of the risks to be found on country roads. Launched by the UK government’s THINK! road safety campaign, the accompanying facts and figures show that 60% of UK road deaths occur on rural roads, 11 times more than the number of motorway deaths. Using computer generated imagery the short clip allows the viewer to see around corners and through buildings and trees.  The powerful film, which ends with a […]

Netherlands cracks down on young speeders

Netherlands cracks down on young speeders

Novice drivers who are caught speeding or driving recklessly within five years of obtaining their license will be temporarily banned from driving and sent for a new driving test after just two penalty points, down from three. The tougher regime was announced by Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister for Infrastructure and Environment earlier this month. The new law will not be applied retrospectively to those who already have their license. For drink driving offences, a two point limit for novice drivers was already in […]

EU member state backing for cross-border road safety enforcement welcomed

EU member state backing for cross-border road safety enforcement welcomed

European Parliament urged to green-light revised proposal ahead of May 2015 European Court deadline Road safety campaigners and European traffic police have welcomed the agreement, in today’s meeting of EU transport ministers under the Italian EU Presidency, to back a change to rules on cross-border enforcement of traffic offences such as speeding.The European Commission published a revised cross-border enforcement law in July. The proposal was launched in response to a European Court of Justice ruling in May that said the existing rules, which only came […]

Belgian government backing for ISA

Belgian government backing for ISA

The newly-formed Belgian federal government has said it will support the development of road safety technologies including Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and put in place the necessary legal framework for their introduction as part of its legislative programme. The 230-page coalition agreement also says the government will take measures to support the EU target to cut road deaths by 50% by 2020, compared to 2010 and to reduce serious injuries. The accord also promises an increase in drink driving checks. See Belgian Government Accord […]

Leap forward for lorry direct vision proposed

Leap forward for lorry direct vision proposed

A new study by researchers at Loughborough University shows how blind spots in HGVs could be significantly reduced with a modified cab design that takes advantage of proposed new EU rules on lorry dimensions. The Loughborough team’s design would have an 80cm longer cab with a rounded nose, smaller dashboard, expanded glazed areas and a slightly lower driver position, panoramically expanding the range of sight from behind the wheel. The study included analysis of data covering 1,906 UK accidents involving HGVs to ascertain the […]

Young engineering students recognised for improving cycling safety in Valencia, Milan and Munich

Six engineering students from Spain, Italy and Germany are the winners of a European-wide competition to inspire young people to develop and implement safety improvements for cycling in their local areas. The winners of the Bike Pal Awards, presented today by MEPs at an event in Brussels are: 1st Prize – Cristina Medina Martinez and Sergio Torres Gomez – Polytechnic University of Valencia Presented by Inés Ayala Sender MEP 2nd Prize – Stefano Grillo and Giorgio Wetzl – Polytechnic University of Milan Presented by […]

Enforcement marathon yields increase in German speeders

Enforcement marathon yields increase in German speeders

The second annual nationwide speed enforcement marathon in Germany registered 93,000 speed violations in 24 hours. Of the more than three million motorists checked, approximately three percent were going too fast according to figures released by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of the Interior in September. More than 13,000 police officers worked at 7,500 locations in the hunt for speeders in all 16 German states; 10,000 more speeding offences than last year were recorded despite the fact that 2,000 fewer police were in place to […]

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