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Using Telematics in Professional Fleet Vehicles

Using Telematics in Professional Fleet Vehicles

A report into the effectiveness of telematics systems for improving road safety.

Letter: ACEA’s attempts to weaken the European Commission’s proposals on new vehicle safety measures

Letter: ACEA’s attempts to weaken the European Commission’s proposals on new vehicle safety measures

A group of safety experts, consumer groups, transport police, environmental campaigners, city authorities, cyclists and road accident victims have written today to members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) to raise concerns over the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)’s attempts to weaken the European Commission’s proposals on new vehicle safety measures and to ask MEPs to pass the legislation as soon as possible, to maximise its life-saving potential. Download the full letter (pdf) For more information on the […]

25 Years of the European Transport Safety Council

25 Years of the European Transport Safety Council

A short publication marking 25 years since the establishment of ETSC.

Briefing: EU Strategy for Automated Mobility

Briefing: EU Strategy for Automated Mobility

On 17 May 2018 the European Commission adopted a strategy paper on automated driving . The paper was published as part of the EC’s third mobility package, which also includes new vehicle safety standards, updated rules on road infrastructure safety management and a strategic action plan on road safety. This short briefing reflects ETSC’s first analysis of the paper with suggestions for areas that need further development. ETSC warmly welcomes, and fully agree with the Commission’s acknowledgement that when it comes to automated mobility, “only […]

Joint Statement on Revision of the Road Infrastructure Safety Management Directive 2008/96

Joint Statement on Revision of the Road Infrastructure Safety Management Directive 2008/96

Introduction Improving infrastructure is a cornerstone of road safety and will be critical to achieving the EU’s new road safety targets for 2030 and implementing a Safe System approach across the road network. The road system should be safe for use by every road user in every EU member state. We, the undersigned, welcome the current revision of the Road Infrastructure Safety Management Directive 2008/96 (RISM) and call for the inclusion of the following recommendations. Extension of the scope of Road Infrastructure Safety Management […]

Case Study: Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) on London Buses

Case Study: Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) on London Buses

In June 2015, Transport for London (TfL), the body responsible for the transport system in Greater London, began testing an after-market ISA system on buses serving two routes in London. This was part of its commitment to halve the number of people killed and seriously injured on London’s roads by 2020 and came amid growing concerns about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in the city. Following the success of the trial, the Mayor of London announced in late 2017 that TfL would require […]

Post-Collision Response – Case Study: Emergency Corridors

Post-Collision Response – Case Study: Emergency Corridors

ETSC’s REVIVE project maps good practices in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) across the EU28 and raises the profile of both EMS and FRS on the national and European political agendas. The REVIVE project aims at improving post-collision response and emergency care provided by EMS and FRS in order to mitigate the consequences of road collisions. It contributes to promoting the need for a coordinated, EU-wide action on tackling serious road traffic injuries. In this case study, emergency corridors, […]

An overview of post-collision response and emergency care in the EU

An overview of post-collision response and emergency care in the EU

When a collision occurs, fast, appropriate and well- coordinated emergency response is crucial for effective treatment of seriously injured people. This paper outlines the actions that are undertaken every time a road collision occurs. It describes the role of emergency/rescue services from the moment a call is taken to handover to hospital, and identifies areas where application of best practice are particularly important. It is directed towards the road safety community: policy makers and experts who do not necessarily possess knowledge in the field […]

Memorandum to the Austrian Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Austrian Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Austrian Presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2018. The EU published four road safety measures on 17 May as part of its so-called third mobility package. They include an overall outline of the road safety strategy for the decade to 2030; new vehicle safety standards; updated rules on road infrastructure safety management and a strategy for automated driving The Austrian […]

Position Paper: The Revision of the Road Infrastructure Safety Management Directive 2008/96 and Tunnel Safety Directive 2004/54

Position Paper: The Revision of the Road Infrastructure Safety Management Directive 2008/96 and Tunnel Safety Directive 2004/54

On 17 May 2018, the European Commission published a proposal to revise EU infrastructure safety rules. In this paper, ETSC presents recommendations for the revision of the road infrastructure safety management (RISM) Directive 2008/96 and Tunnel Safety Directive 2004/54.

Briefing: EU Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety

Briefing: EU Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety

On 17 May 2018 the European Commission adopted its EU Strategic Action Plan for Road Safety, outlining the main measures to be taken before the end of the current Commission’s mandate ending in 2019, as well as an outline of actions planned for the 2021-2030 period. The EC also committed to present an EU Road Safety Policy Framework for 2021-2030 by spring 2019 to further develop the proposals. The EU Strategic Action Plan was published as part of the third mobility package, which also […]

12th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

12th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

In 2010, the European Union renewed its commitment to improve road safety by setting a target of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels. This target followed an earlier target set in 2001 to halve the number of road deaths by 2010. A new target to halve road deaths by 2030 compared to 2020 levels was announced by the European Commission on 17 May 2018. 25,250 people lost their lives on the EU roads in 2017, representing a 2% reduction […]

An Overview of Road Death Data Collection in the EU (PIN Flash 35)

An Overview of Road Death Data Collection in the EU (PIN Flash 35)

The goal of this PIN flash report is to gather information on road death data collection in different PIN countries and to find out if and how countries cross-check or complement road death data recorded by the police with alternative sources. The aim is to provide information to exchange good practice on how to improve road death data collection and recording. In all PIN countries the primary source of road death data collection consists of police records. Police data are, and should remain, the […]

Letter: Safety Concerns over Driver Overreliance on Lane Change Assist Systems

Letter: Safety Concerns over Driver Overreliance on Lane Change Assist Systems

Earlier this year, technical requirements for “lane change assist” systems were finalised at UNECE level in Geneva. These rules are expected to be integrated into EU law within a few months, which would enable manufacturers to sell cars fitted with such systems on the European market. According to the agreed UNECE requirements, such lane change assist systems will only be required to verify whether it is safe to conduct a lane change by checking to the rear of the vehicle; it is expected the […]

Briefing: EU Mobility Package III including new vehicle safety standards

Briefing: EU Mobility Package III including new vehicle safety standards

On 17 May 2018, the European Commission published a large package of transport policy proposals known as the ‘Third Mobility Package’ including some very significant measures to improve road safety in the European Union. 25,300 people died on EU roads in 2017, a figure that has hardly budged in four years. The road safety package should help substantially reduce this figure if combined with efforts at national and local level. The main elements include: Safer cars, vans, lorries and buses The EU has the […]

Infographic: Using In-Vehicle Safety Technology to Improve Road Safety At Work

Infographic: Using In-Vehicle Safety Technology to Improve Road Safety At Work

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Managing Road Risk at Work – Case study: National Vehicle Distribution

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case study: National Vehicle Distribution

Case study: National Vehicle Distribution ETSC’s PRAISE project addresses the safety aspects of driving at work and driving to work. Its aim is to promote best practice in order to help employers secure high road safety standards for their employees. In this case study, Niall McNally, Head of HR and Safety at National Vehicle Distribution, discusses the organisation’s approach to work related road risk and road safety. FACTFILE – Check with final version of Case Study Company: National Vehicle Distribution Sector: Automotive Logistics Fleet: 350 […]

Letter: Improving the Transparency of the Exemption Procedure for the Type Approval of New Vehicle Technologies

Letter: Improving the Transparency of the Exemption Procedure for the Type Approval of New Vehicle Technologies

Earlier this year, ETSC reported on safety concerns regarding the so-called ‘Article 20’ exemption procedure for type-approval of new vehicle technologies. This procedure allows for new technologies, for which no EU type-approval legislation yet exists, to be authorised for use on European roads. However, no information is made public about which technologies and manufacturers are concerned by the decisions. Discussions and votes are furthermore held during behind-closed-doors meetings, with little to no information made available afterwards. The latest approval of an automated lane change […]

Position Paper: EU Funds for Road Safety in the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

Position Paper: EU Funds for Road Safety in the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

In this paper, ETSC presents recommendations for funding for road safety initiatives within the next long-term EU budget, known as the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). These recommendations should support work towards meeting the EU’s current target to reduce road deaths by 50% by 2020 and the new targets for 2030 as well as the long-term Vision Zero.

Briefing: Contraflow Cycling

Briefing: Contraflow Cycling

There are various reasons for cities’ traffic managers to use one-way traffic as a tool to organise traffic flows, including, among others, accommodating to the characteristics of the street (such as narrowness), increasing the availability of parking spaces and guiding traffic in a specific direction. It is however suggested that cyclists are strongly negatively affected by one-way streets and more so than other modes of transport. This as detours would be more strongly felt by cyclists both in terms of relative extra distance as […]

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