Publications

Position Paper – Revision of the Driving Licence Directive 2006/126/EC

Position Paper – Revision of the Driving Licence Directive 2006/126/EC

The European Commission is currently preparing a major revision to the EU Driving Licence Directive (2006/126). A main objective of the legislation is to enhance road safety: contributing to ‘Vision Zero’ and the targets of reducing road deaths and serious injuries by 50% by 2030. The recent EC evaluation of the implementation of the last revision of the Driving Licence Directive in the EU indicated that the law had a […]

Memorandum to the Czech Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Czech Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Czech Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2022.

16th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

16th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

The EU27 collectively reduced the number of road deaths by 31% over the period 2011-2021, from 28,865 in 2011 to 19,823 in 2021. There were 57,095 fewer deaths on EU roads over the last decade than there would have been if deaths had continued at the same level as in 2011. The overall progress in reducing road deaths on EU roads was positive from 2011 until 2014 with a 16% […]

Response to the draft implementing act on certain automated driving systems (ADS)

Response to the draft implementing act on certain automated driving systems (ADS)

The European Commission published a draft of its upcoming implementing act setting out the technical requirements and test procedures for the type approval of certain vehicles with an automated driving system (ADS). The rules would apply to the following use cases: ‘Self-driving shuttles’, which are designed to carry passengers or goods on a predefined area in an urban or suburban environment; ‘Hub-to-Hub’ transport, which covers fully automated vehicles or dual […]

How Traffic Law Enforcement Can Contribute to Safer Roads (PIN Flash 42)

How Traffic Law Enforcement Can Contribute to Safer Roads (PIN Flash 42)

Exceeding speed limits, drink- or distracted- driving, and failure to wear a seatbelt are among the important factors leading to death and serious injury on European roads. Road safety laws have been adopted to guide drivers in their behaviour. Many comply with them willingly. Others, however, would be less likely to comply if it were not for fear of being detected and sanctioned. This is where traffic law enforcement comes […]

Reducing road deaths among young people (PIN Flash 41)

Reducing road deaths among young people (PIN Flash 41)

This report looks at the progress made in Europe in reducing road deaths among young people. It is based on the latest available data from the 32 EU and non-EU countries that participate in ETSC’s Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme, examining trends over time as well as differences between countries, which are very significant. The format, now familiar to readers of past PIN reports, comes in three parts: Part […]

Letter: Direct vision standards for lorries and buses

Letter: Direct vision standards for lorries and buses

ETSC, together with six other organisations, has written to EU member states regarding draft direct vision standards for lorries and buses, urging caution on exemptions for certain types of vehicle.

Memorandum to the Slovenian Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Slovenian Presidency of the EU

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

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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