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Five transport ministers say it’s time for Europe to tackle serious road injuries

Five transport ministers say it’s time for Europe to tackle serious road injuries

The transport ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia have added to calls for the European Union to come forward with a target to reduce the numbers of people seriously injured in road collisions. In a declaration signed in Prague today at a meeting of the Visegrad group of countries, the ministers wrote “that traffic crashes cause an unacceptable human, social and economic loss and harm physically, psychologically and materially the victims and their relatives.” They called for a target to […]

Automated vehicles need ‘driving tests’

Automated vehicles need ‘driving tests’

EU rules on safety approvals for new cars will need to be revised to include ‘driving tests’ for automated and fully-autonomous vehicles according to a new report from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). ETSC says the EU is far from answering the many research and regulatory questions that must be considered before automated and autonomous vehicles can be put on sale. The report says the priority must be ensuring that the promised safety benefits are delivered in real world driving. One challenge will […]

Urgent action needed on road safety as new figures show increase in deaths

Urgent action needed on road safety as new figures show increase in deaths

ETSC says the European Commission must stop delaying new road safety policy measures if it is to help reverse an increase in deaths on EU roads. Within the last year, the European Commission was expected to come forward with revisions to vehicle safety, pedestrian protection and infrastructure safety rules as well as a new target and measures to reduce serious road injuries.  Proposals on all four have been delayed, and it is not clear when they will see the light of day. Antonio Avenoso, […]

Europe’s car safety framework needs ‘overhaul’

Europe’s car safety framework needs ‘overhaul’

Vehicle safety innovations are still benefitting too few road users in Europe due to an over-reliance on a voluntary testing programme rather than regulatory standards, according to a new report by ETSC. For almost twenty years, increases in levels of car safety in Europe have been driven mainly by the voluntary Euro NCAP programme which awards the safest cars with a 5-star rating. But according to new data, only around half of new vehicles sold in 2013 had been awarded 5 stars by Euro […]

Road safety campaigners meet Juncker to ask for EU serious injury reduction target

Road safety campaigners meet Juncker to ask for EU serious injury reduction target

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission met earlier today with road safety and road victims groups to discuss the future of European road safety targets. Representatives of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) presented the President with a banner representing the ‘Let’s Go’ campaign, which calls for a new European target to reduce serious road injuries, alongside an existing target to reduce deaths by half by 2020. More than 200,000 people suffer life changing […]

New film highlights life-saving potential of Intelligent Speed Assistance tech for new cars

A new film from ETSC makes the case for making overridable Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) a standard feature on all new vehicles in Europe. The five-minute video has been launched as the European Commission continues work on the development of the next generation of vehicle safety standards, expected to be launched later this year. A major study for the Commission published last year by consultants TRL found that Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) is one of several new vehicle technologies that are now suitable for […]

Reducing road deaths and injuries at work – five companies recognised

Reducing road deaths and injuries at work – five companies recognised

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has announced the 2015 winners of its PRAISE awards recognising organisations that have taken outstanding measures to improve road safety at work. The winners, together with highlights of their road safety programmes are as follows: Large company award: OMV Petrom, Romania Sector: Oil and gas Programme highlights: integrated vehicle monitoring system covers 10,000 drivers; road safety requirements for contractors; no road related deaths or serious injuries in last three years. Public authority award: Transport for London, United Kingdom […]

MEPs renew calls for serious road injury reduction target

MEPs renew calls for serious road injury reduction target

The European Parliament has reiterated calls for a pan-European target to cut serious road injuries.  In a vote today on a review of European transport policy since 2011, MEPs called for, “the swift adoption of a 2020 target of a 40 % reduction in the number of people seriously injured, accompanied by a fully fledged EU strategy.” Since 2010 the number of people seriously injured on EU roads has been reduced by just 1.6%, compared to an 18% decrease in the number of road […]

EU road safety targets at risk as deaths increase in France, Germany and UK

EU road safety targets at risk as deaths increase in France, Germany and UK

Worst annual reduction in EU road deaths since 2001 25,845 people killed on roads in EU28 in 2014 as a consequence of road collisions (decrease of just 0.6% compared to 2013) Almost 8% reduction now needed every year between 2015 and 2020 in order to reach the EU target for 2020 to halve the number of road deaths compared to 2010 203,500 people recorded as seriously injured by the police in the 23 EU countries that distinguish between serious and slightly injured in their […]

Commission road safety review leaves out serious injury target

Commission road safety review leaves out serious injury target

A long-promised EU strategic target to reduce serious road injuries has been dropped from a major European Commission review of the region’s road safety policy published yesterday. The European Transport Safety Council is calling on ministers at today’s Transport Council meeting in Luxembourg, to ask the Commission to come forward with the target as promised. ETSC’s analysis shows that more than 200,000 people suffered life-changing injuries in road collisions last year – an increase of 3% since 2013. The watered-down language published in a […]

Call for Juncker to reverse decision to drop serious road injury target

Call for Juncker to reverse decision to drop serious road injury target

More than 70 experts and representatives of road safety organisations and victims groups from across Europe together with 12 members of the European Parliament have written to President Jean-Claude Juncker urging him to reverse a decision to drop the announcement of a new EU target to cut serious road injuries. The letter was sent yesterday, ahead of Thursday’s meeting of national transport ministers in Luxembourg where the target was set to be announced.  The European Transport Safety Council has learnt that the announcement of […]

Europe must boost safety for cyclists and walkers

Europe must boost safety for cyclists and walkers

138,400 pedestrians and cyclists killed in road traffic over twelve years EU set to review motor vehicle safety rules: campaigners call for new safety technologies to be fitted as standard – pedestrian protection tests for new cars should be upgraded and extended to protection for cyclists EU member states should implement 30 km/h zones in residential areas 7,600 people died in road traffic while cycling or walking in the EU in 2013 according to new research: the equivalent of a commercial airliner full of […]

Civil society groups form ‘Better Regulation’ Watchdog to protect citizen, worker and consumer rights

Civil society groups form ‘Better Regulation’ Watchdog to protect citizen, worker and consumer rights

More than 50 civil society organisations, including ETSC, have joined forces to create the ‘Better Regulation Watchdog’ – a network to protect citizens’, workers’ and consumers’ rights. The network was launched today in Brussels, one day ahead of the expected announcement of the European Commission’s so-called ‘Better Regulation’ reforms. The network of organisations from around Europe is concerned that the ‘Better Regulation’ agenda aims to weaken or undermine essential regulations and subordinate the public good to corporate interests. The creation of the network is […]

EU road safety progress grinding to a halt

EU road safety progress grinding to a halt

Road deaths fell by a negligible 1% in the EU last year according to new data released today by the European Commission. The drastic slowdown in progress puts at risk the region’s target of halving road deaths by 2020. Commenting on the figures, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said: “While there is no single factor that explains today’s deeply worrying figures there is no doubt that in recent years, the EU and many member states have shifted road […]

New vehicle technologies and extension of EU infrastructure safety rules could prevent thousands of collisions on motorways

New vehicle technologies and extension of EU infrastructure safety rules could prevent thousands of collisions on motorways

New safety technologies could play a major role in bringing the numbers killed on European motorways down, according to the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), authors of a new report published today. The new analysis of developments in motorway safety shows that, despite recent progress, around 1900 were killed on motorways in the EU in 2013. The report cites figures from several countries showing that up to 60% of those killed in motorway collisions were not wearing a seatbelt. The authors call on the […]

European Parliament lifts road block on cross border traffic penalties

European Parliament lifts road block on cross border traffic penalties

ETSC and TISPOL – the European Traffic Police Network welcome today’s European Parliament vote to approve a new law enabling police to enforce penalties on foreign motorists who break traffic rules. Non-resident drivers account for approximately 5% of road traffic in the EU but are responsible for 15% of speeding offences, according to European Commission figures. The law is expected to save at least 400 lives a year. The new rules cover offences including speeding, drink driving, using a mobile phone at the wheel […]

Campaigners and traffic police hail approval of revised cross-border road safety enforcement rules

Campaigners and traffic police hail approval of revised cross-border road safety enforcement rules

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and TISPOL – the European Traffic Police Network have warmly welcomed an informal political agreement reached this afternoon on revised rules to enable cross-border enforcement of traffic offences such as speeding fines. A European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling in May said that the existing rules, which only came into force in November last year, had been adopted on an incorrect legal basis. That decision led the European Commission to publish a revised legal proposal in July, but […]

Setback for safer lorry rules

Setback for safer lorry rules

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) says an EU deal to postpone new rules enabling safer lorry designs is a setback for road safety. Representatives of EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission met last night to hammer out an agreement on new legislation that enables, but does not require, manufacturers to make changes to lorry cabs that improve visibility and reduce the impact of crashes on other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The final agreement, which is still subject to agreement […]

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 […]

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 […]

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