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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 […]

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 […]

EU urged to fast-track revised law on cross-border enforcement of traffic rules

EU urged to fast-track revised law on cross-border enforcement of traffic rules

New legal proposal could save 350-400 lives a year Brussels – Road safety campaigners and European traffic police are urging the EU to fast-track the adoption of a modified law on cross-border enforcement of traffic offences such as speeding. The modified rules, published today by the European Commission, come in response to a European Court of Justice ruling in May that said the existing law, which came into force in November last year, had been adopted on an incorrect legal basis. The ECJ has […]

Slovakia leads on cutting road deaths

Slovakia leads on cutting road deaths

26,025 people died as a result of road collisions in the EU in 2013; 199,000 seriously injured Numbers seriously injured not falling at same rate as deaths; call for EU target for 2020 Slovakia has made the most progress in saving lives since an EU target to halve road deaths by 2020 was set four years ago, according to analysis by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), authors of a new report. Data for the period 2010-2013 reveal that Slovakia made a dramatic 37% […]

Transport ministers hold back progress on lorry safety

Transport ministers hold back progress on lorry safety

EU member states have dealt a blow to plans to allow lorry makers to sell safer vehicles. Transport ministers meeting today agreed that European Commission proposals to enable, not require, manufacturers to make changes to lorry cabs that improve visibility and reduce the impact of crashes on other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists should be subject to an eight-year delay. The position of transport ministers is at odds with the European Parliament, which said in April that safer cab designs should be permitted with no […]

12,000 killed in cars in EU in 2012

12,000 killed in cars in EU in 2012

Seat-belt reminder alerts in all car seats could save 900 lives a year Spain and Latvia make biggest progress in cutting car deaths Transport safety campaigners are calling on the European Union to accelerate progress on reducing the number of people killed in cars every year in the EU, as new research shows 12,345 car occupants were fatally injured in 2012. The report into trends in car occupant safety, published today by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), found that 900 lives could be […]

European Parliament backs safer lorries

European Parliament backs safer lorries

The European Parliament has voted to support revised rules on the dimensions of heavy goods vehicles that will enable manufacturers to produce safer lorries. The legislation will allow for cabs with improved visibility, especially important for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in urban areas. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said: “This legislation is a step forward because it will enable innovative new designs that include crumple zones along with better visibility and protection of car occupants, pedestrians […]

EU releases 2013 road death figures

EU releases 2013 road death figures

The number of people killed on Europe’s roads fell by 8% last year, following a 9% decrease between 2011 and 2012, provisional figures released by the European Commission show. Commenting on the announcement, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said: We welcome the reduction in the number of road deaths in Europe last year. But the fact that more than 500 lives are still being lost every single week on our roads is a reminder that Europe needs to […]

MEPs say yes to safer lorries

MEPs say yes to safer lorries

The European Parliament’s transport committee has voted overwhelmingly in support of proposals to improve the safety of heavy goods vehicles. The revised rules on lorry dimensions will allow for cabs with improved visibility, especially important for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in urban areas. Welcoming the news, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said: Europe is a global leader in vehicle safety. This vote brings us a step closer to bringing innovations on crumple zones, visibility and pedestrian […]

Parliament green light for new car emergency call system

Parliament green light for new car emergency call system

The European Parliament has backed EU plans for all new types of car and van to be fitted with automated emergency call devices (eCall). However, the Parliament backed away from a 2015 deadline for the introduction of the technology, pending discussions with EU member states. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said: “This technology is all about saving lives by saving time. So politicians should waste no more precious months getting this system in place: the deadline of the […]

MEPs back plan for cars to call 112 automatically

MEPs back plan for cars to call 112 automatically

The European Parliament’s internal market committee has backed EU plans for all new types of car and van to be fitted with automated emergency call devices but opened the door to postponing their introduction beyond the proposed deadline of October 2015. Today’s vote on ‘eCall’ gives a green light for a pan-European ‘type approval’ method to ensure the devices meet the necessary technical standards. The decision follows a vote in December in the transport committee to approve legislation for member states to develop the […]

EU urban mobility plan lacks teeth say road safety campaigners

EU urban mobility plan lacks teeth say road safety campaigners

ETSC says European Commission plans to improve urban mobility will need strengthening if they are to have a measurable impact on road safety. Commenting on yesterday’s launch of the ‘Urban Mobility Package’, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC said: With 11,000 deaths on the road in urban areas across the EU each year, it is right that the European Commission says improving road safety in our cities should be a political priority. We welcome the renewed push to share good practice and further encouragement […]

In-car automated emergency calls move a step closer

In-car automated emergency calls move a step closer

EU plans for all new cars to be fitted with automated emergency call devices (eCall) moved a step closer today following a vote in the European Parliament’s Transport committee. ETSC welcomed the move. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC said: “After a serious car crash, every second counts. This system has the potential to save many lives because it will enable the emergency services to respond quicker. “The European Parliament has been a strong supporter of eCall, it’s important that Parliament negotiators continue to […]

EU U-turn on mandatory safety checks for motorcycles

EU U-turn on mandatory safety checks for motorcycles

ETSC says the EU’s rejection of regular mandatory technical checks on motorcycles and scooters is a missed opportunity for reducing road deaths in Europe. EU lawmakers agreed this afternoon on a final deal on the ‘Roadworthiness package’ of legislation, originally proposed by the European Commission in October 2012. The agreement says ‘heavy’ motorcycles should be tested from 2022, but even after almost a decade has passed, member states will still not be forced to introduce the checks if they can show they have introduced […]

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