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LEARN! Manual for Developing and Evaluating Traffic Safety and Mobility Education Activities

LEARN! Manual for Developing and Evaluating Traffic Safety and Mobility Education Activities

The LEARN! Manual is handbook for developing and evaluating activities and programmes for traffic safety and mobility education. It sets out recommendations, criteria and guidance to develop and implement sound educational activities in an accessible way. 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 resource should also be useful to ministries, authorities, schools and organisations […]

15th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

15th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

In 2011 the European Union set the ambitious target of halving the number of road deaths between 2010 and 2020. This was the second decade-long EU target period, the first having begun in 2001. This report looks at the progress made towards the 2020 target in EU Member States as well as other countries covered by ETSC’s Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme. The EU has set two new targets for 2030, again to halve road deaths, and also to halve serious injuries. This […]

Are medical fitness to drive procedures fit for purpose? (PIN Flash 40)

Are medical fitness to drive procedures fit for purpose? (PIN Flash 40)

This report examines the current state of play in PIN countries regarding the assessment of medical fitness to drive, with reference to the 2006 EU Directive on Driving Licences. Studies have concluded that specific medical conditions, substance abuse, mental disorders, epilepsy and diabetes are more important factors than age when it comes to medical fitness to drive. Mandatory age-based screening of older drivers has not been shown to be effective in preventing severe collisions. It may even have a negative safety impact, as older […]

Letter: Concerns over Electronic Data Recorder specifications

Letter: Concerns over Electronic Data Recorder specifications

ETSC has written to the European Commission due to concerns that is it set to prohibit Electronic Data Recorders (black boxes) in new cars from capturing data on the location, date and time of events. Prohibiting the recording of such information would hamper in-depth crash analysis – one of the main purposes of electronic data recorders. Such data is essential to understanding why collisions occur and preventing future ones, and will become even more important when investigating crashes involving automated and autonomous vehicles.

Road Safety Priorities for the EU: Briefing to Members of the European Parliament

Road Safety Priorities for the EU: Briefing to Members of the European Parliament

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations to MEPs on what can be done to reach the new 2030 road safety targets, as input to the European Parliament’s Own Initiative Report on Road Safety.

Drink Driving as the Commonest Drug Driving – A Perspective from Europe

Drink Driving as the Commonest Drug Driving – A Perspective from Europe

Across Europe, about 50 people each year per million population are killed in road traffic and about five times as many are seriously injured, consumption of alcohol is high by global standards, and a widely quoted estimate is that about a quarter of the road deaths are related to drink driving. The more than half a century since evidence from the USA made it irrefutable that drink driving increases the number of road deaths has been a time of growing cohesion among many European […]

LEARN! Flash 1: The Impact of COVID-19 on Traffic Safety and Mobility Education

LEARN! Flash 1: The Impact of COVID-19 on Traffic Safety and Mobility Education

In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most European governments put in place unprecedented restrictions on travel and movement, including lockdowns affecting most of the population and the closure of kindergartens and schools. For this LEARN! Flash report ETSC asked the members of the LEARN! Expert Panel how the restrictions, and in particularly the closure of schools, affected the provision of traffic safety and mobility education in their country, their work related to it, and how they adapted to it. ETSC also […]

Memorandum to the Portuguese Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Portuguese Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2021.

Alcohol Interlocks in Europe: An Overview of Current and Forthcoming Programmes

Alcohol Interlocks in Europe: An Overview of Current and Forthcoming Programmes

Alcohol interlock programmes give offenders who would normally lose their driving licence a possibility to continue driving, as long as they are sober. ETSC has long been in favour of alcohol interlocks, in particular as part of rehabilitation programmes. Studies have repeatedly shown that the combination of alcohol interlocks and rehabilitation programmes cut reoffending rates. 13 experts agreed to help ETSC drawing up an inventory of alcohol interlock programmes in Europe. This new report aims at providing a more practical approach showing how each […]

Response to the draft delegated act on Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA)

Response to the draft delegated act on Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA)

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) is one of the vehicle safety technologies included in the EU’s new General Safety Regulation for motor vehicles (GSR) and will become mandatory for all new vehicles types as of 2022 and all new vehicles as of 2024.  The detailed technical requirements for ISA are currently being prepared by the European Commission, who as part of that process have presented a “draft delegated act”. ETSC welcomes the draft delegated act, however, calls on the European Commission to incorporate the following […]

Position Paper – Vehicle Roadworthiness Package Implementation Reports

Position Paper – Vehicle Roadworthiness Package Implementation Reports

The EU roadworthiness package was last revised in 2014 and consists of Directive 2014/45/EC on Periodic Roadworthiness tests, Directive 2014/47/EC on technical roadside inspections of commercial vehicles and Directive 2014/46/EC on the requirements for issuing registration certificates with implementation in May 2018. The EC is in the phase of preparing its implementation report, expected to be published in the autumn, and the EP will prepare its own implementation report following this. ETSC has prepared this updated position paper to feed into this process including […]

The Impact of Covid-19 Lockdowns on Road Deaths in April 2020 (PIN Briefing)

The Impact of Covid-19 Lockdowns on Road Deaths in April 2020 (PIN Briefing)

In March 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, most European governments put in place unprecedented restrictions on travel and movement including border closures, lockdowns for most of the population, closure of schools, workplaces, shops, leisure and sport facilities. This report assesses the impacts that had on road deaths in Europe during the month of April 2020 – by which time most countries were in lockdown. Out of 25 EU countries for which data is available, 19 saw a decrease in the number of […]

Memorandum to the German Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the German Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the German Presidency of the European Union in the second part of 2020.

14th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

14th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

22,660 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2019, representing a 3% reduction compared to 2018. Out of the 32 countries monitored by the ETSC Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme, 16 reduced road deaths in 2019. The best results were achieved by Luxembourg with a 39% decrease, Sweden with 32%, Estonia with 22% and Switzerland with 20%. Road deaths increased in 12 countries, while progress stagnated in four. While there has been progress over a longer period, it is not enough to […]

How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU? (PIN Flash 39)

How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU? (PIN Flash 39)

Since the last ETSC PIN report looking at the safety of goods and passenger transport was published in 2013, the transport sector has continued to evolve. Just-in-time delivery in many industries; next-day delivery of single items from online shops; clothes bought, tried on and then returned; supermarket home delivery – in the background of all these services is an international network of transport that ends with goods vehicles crisscrossing countries, cities and towns. This report looks at the toll transport of goods and services […]

Letter: Prioritising transport safety during and after the COVID-19 crisis

Letter: Prioritising transport safety during and after the COVID-19 crisis

A letter from ETSC to European Commission for Transport Adina-Ioana Vălean on prioritising transport safety during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Download the letter.

New study offers insights into most effective ISA systems

New study offers insights into most effective ISA systems

A new study led by Professor Oliver Carsten at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, looks at the most effective and user-friendly human machine interface (HMI) options for Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA). ISA systems will be required on all new cars, vans, lorries and buses sold in the EU from 2022, as part of an array of mandatory new vehicle safety technologies included in the updated EU General Safety Regulation, agreed last year. The updated law defines ISA as “a system to […]

How safe is walking and cycling in Europe? (PIN Flash 38)

How safe is walking and cycling in Europe? (PIN Flash 38)

The European Union (EU) is facing a multitude of interconnected demographic, public health and environmental challenges: the climate is changing; road deaths are stagnating; urbanisation is increasing, air pollution is worsening, obesity is rising and the population is ageing. But there is an increasing recognition at local, but also national and EU level, that boosting the levels of active mobility, particularly walking and cycling, can play an important role in overcoming many of these challenges.  Such a policy will also have economic benefits. Based […]

LEARN! Key Principles for Traffic Safety and Mobility Education

LEARN! Key Principles for Traffic Safety and Mobility Education

Education is an essential part of the Safe System approach to traffic safety. European countries have committed to providing traffic safety and mobility education, notably in schools at all levels. However, the previous LEARN! report showed that the provision of such education differs widely across Europe, with most countries not following through on their commitments. This publication therefore sets out recommendations that should be implemented in all European countries, in order to ensure that everyone – and especially children and youngsters – receive high […]

Progress in reducing drink-driving and other alcohol-related road deaths in Europe

Progress in reducing drink-driving and other alcohol-related road deaths in Europe

This report aims to provide an updated overview of the drink-driving situation in Europe, covering 32 countries: the 28 Member States of the European Union together with Israel, Norway, the Republic of Serbia and Switzerland. It looks at country progress in reducing road deaths attributed to drink driving over the past decade. The report highlights specific legislation and enforcement measures from across Europe. A range of recommendations concerning further improvements in tackling drink driving are made to Member States and the EU institutions throughout […]

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