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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 […]

Belgium adopts Vision Zero federal road safety plan

Belgium adopts Vision Zero federal road safety plan

The Belgian government has announced a new federal road safety plan, which attempts to tackle several key issues including speeding and distracted driving. The Highway Code will be modified to give priority to walking, cycling and public transport above private vehicles. The government wants to tackle use of mobile phones while driving, with legal changes to allow for automated detection of phone use at the wheel. The negative effects of […]

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 […]

Lithuania to introduce emergency corridor system and cycle-priority streets

The Lithuanian government has announced changes to road safety rules in the country that will be implemented in two phases next year. From 1 January, Lithuania will introduce the Emergency Corridor system for allowing easier access to emergency vehicles during heavy traffic.  The system, already implemented in Poland, Belgium, Germany and other EU countries can speed up emergency response and save lives. The system was a focus of ETSC’s REVIVE […]

UK government may launch a road collision investigation authority

UK government may launch a road collision investigation authority

A new “investigation branch” dedicated to learning lessons from road traffic collisions, including those involving self-driving vehicles, could be established under plans unveiled by the UK government last month. The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation on proposals to set up a Road Collision Investigation Branch (RCIB), which would operate much like the similar independent bodies that already exist for air, maritime and rail collisions. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch […]

Young drivers: call for EU to mandate zero-tolerance alcohol and drug limits and graduated driving licences

Young drivers: call for EU to mandate zero-tolerance alcohol and drug limits and graduated driving licences

ETSC is calling on the European Union to improve the safety of young drivers through changes to driver licensing, among other measures, as new data show young road users, aged 15 to 30, have come to represent a quarter of all road deaths. In a report published today, ETSC says that, in 2019, 5,182 young people were killed in road collisions in the 25 EU countries for which figures are […]

Digital mapmaker launches Intelligent Speed Assistance map tool

Digital mapmaker launches Intelligent Speed Assistance map tool

HERE Technologies, a digital mapping provider, has launched an “ISA Map” specifically designed to help vehicle manufacturers deliver accurate Intelligent Speed Assistance systems, required on new models sold in the EU from next year. ISA can use traffic sign recognition and / or digital speed limit maps linked to a vehicle’s GPS location to help the driver stick to the local speed limit.  HERE says for an optimal experience a […]

Dutch data extraction breakthrough could lead to better road crash investigations

Dutch data extraction breakthrough could lead to better road crash investigations

The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), a Dutch government institution, says it is the first research organisation to successfully read and publish the encoded driving data stored in Tesla vehicles, beyond what is available via the Event Data Recorder (EDR). The results, which have already been presented at a conference, could help independent researchers around the world better understand the role driver assistance systems such as Tesla “Autopilot” may or may not […]

Spain could require alcohol interlocks on buses and lorries

Spain could require alcohol interlocks on buses and lorries

Policymakers in Spain are considering a new tool in the fight against drink-driving.  A law currently under discussion in the Spanish houses of parliament could see alcohol interlocks required on lorries and buses from next year. The European Union agreed in 2019 that all new types of car, van, lorry and bus should be fitted with a standardised interface for the connection of an alcohol interlock from next year.  The […]

E-scooter speed and age requirements in focus

E-scooter speed and age requirements in focus

As the purchase and use of e-scooters continues to grow significantly across Europe, several governments are looking again at the rules governing their use. In Finland, in consultation with the government, rental scheme operators have agreed to limit e-scooter speeds to 20 km/h, and 15 km/h at night. There have been calls in Austria and Italy to limit the top speed of e-scooters at 20 km/h. In the city of […]

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 […]

New tests show AEB systems need to work better in wet, fog and low light situations

A study of automated emergency braking systems (AEBS) on passenger cars by ETSC’s Austrian and Swiss members KFV and BFU, shows that significant improvements need to be made to performance in rain, fog, and poor light conditions. The organisations carried out more than 200 tests to better reflect the range of real world conditions such as rainy weather, fog and poor light conditions, and by varying the test dummies and […]

UK weakens HGV driver testing requirements

UK weakens HGV driver testing requirements

The UK government has announced changes to HGV driving tests that have been criticised by the national haulage industry association as a ‘risk to road safety’. The move is an attempt to speed-up recruitment of new lorry drivers in response to an ongoing shortage across Europe, but one that has been compounded in the UK because of Brexit. Under the new plans, drivers will no longer have to pass two […]

US authorities begin investigation of Level 2 driver assistance systems

US authorities begin investigation of Level 2 driver assistance systems

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun a wide-ranging investigation of the safety of driver assistance systems prompted by several collisions involving cars that had driver assistance systems activated and emergency service vehicles. NHTSA initially sent a letter to Tesla last month requiring the company to provide extensive data on usage and operation of its so-called Autopilot system by 22 October. The agency has since widened the scope […]

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 […]

France u-turns on technical inspections for motorcycles

France u-turns on technical inspections for motorcycles

The French government’s law to introduce periodic technical inspections for motorcycles from 2022 was announced and then abruptly withdrawn last month, following pressure from motorcycle owners’ groups. An EU law on roadworthiness, agreed back in 2013, gave Member States an exceptionally long lead time of nine years to put in place regular technical tests for motorcycles, with a deadline for 1 January 2022.  At the time, ETSC was critical of […]

ETSC partners on new project looking at assessment methods for ‘fitness to drive’

ETSC partners on new project looking at assessment methods for ‘fitness to drive’

A new EU-funded research project, named ‘Panacea’, involving 16 partner organisations across Europe, will look at real time assessment methods for fitness to drive among professional drivers. The project will trial new technologies and systems with city bus drivers in Sweden, taxi drivers and courier riders in Greece and truck and coach drivers in Spain. The wide-ranging three-year project aims to develop a system that monitors fitness to drive before […]

Latvian law on public list of drivers with penalty points struck down by ECJ

Latvian law on public list of drivers with penalty points struck down by ECJ

The European Court of Justice has said the way Latvia processes data on driver penalty points is not compatible with EU data privacy laws. Latvia maintains a list of drivers and their penalty points in a database and permits access to data on individual drivers without requiring justification.  That goes against the provisions of the 2018 EU General Data Protection Regulation, according to a judgement by the European Court of […]

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