Publications

PIN Briefing, 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

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 […]

Case Study – Alco Gates in Sweden

Sweden has long been a forerunner in the fight against drink driving. In 1999 the country was one of the first EU member states to introduce alcohol interlocks as part of rehabilitation programmes for drink drivers. In 2013, Sweden went a step further and ran a pilot project to introduce a fast-moving automated ‘Alco Gate’ at the Port of Gothenburg. This briefing explores the background to the project and its results, which could have positive future implications for drink driving policy in Sweden and […]

Briefing: EU Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety

Briefing: EU Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety

In June 2019, the European Commission adopted the EU Road Safety Policy Framework 2021-2030,[1] outlining specific policy measures planned for 2021-2030 and developing on the EU Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety published in May 2018.[2]  This briefing reflects ETSC’s first assessment of these initiatives with suggestions for further development and implementation. This document refers mainly to the measures addressed by the European Commission in these latest documents.  An earlier ETSC briefing, published in February 2018 as input to the Commission’s preparatory process, contains […]

Post-Collision Response – Case Study: Fire-Based Emergency Medical Services

Post-Collision Response – Case Study: Fire-Based Emergency Medical Services

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, the Dublin […]

Post-Collision Response – Case Study: Emergency Services Driving Standard

Post-Collision Response – Case Study: Emergency Services Driving Standard

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, the Irish […]

Post-Collision Response – Case Study: Rescue Sheets

Post-Collision Response – Case Study: Rescue Sheets

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, vehicle rescue […]

Road Safety Priorities for the EU 2020-2030: Briefing for the new European Parliament

Road Safety Priorities for the EU 2020-2030: Briefing for the new European Parliament

Europe is in need of strong leadership and action on road safety. Since 2010, the average annual progress in reducing the number of road deaths in the EU has been 2.8%, equivalent to a 21% reduction between 2010 and 2018. Most of that progress was made in 2011, 2012 and 2013. A 6.7% year-to-year reduction was needed over the 2010-2020 period to reach the 2020 target through consistent annual progress. Since 2013, the EU as a whole has been struggling to reach a breakthrough. […]

Memorandum to the Finnish Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Finnish Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Finnish Presidency of the European Union in the second part of 2019.

Briefing: Independence in Investigation of Transport Accidents

Briefing: Independence in Investigation of Transport Accidents

Independent transport accident investigations derive their value and significance to society from the fact that they are the only kind of investigation that set themselves the sole task of systematically establishing precisely the truth and the facts of what has taken place with the aim of learning to improve safety and helping to prevent recurrences. In doing so, they can also help to assure society that the occurrence of such events is being addressed. In practice, however, there are many differences in how investigations […]

13th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

13th 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 and the first target to halve the number of serious road traffic injuries by 2030 compared to 2020 levels were announced by the European Commission on 17 May 2018. 25,047 people […]

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. A new paper from ETSC, published as part of its REVIVE project, 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 is particularly important. It is directed towards the road safety community: policy makers and […]

Safer Roads, Safer Cities: How to improve urban road safety in the EU (PIN Flash 37)

Safer Roads, Safer Cities: How to improve urban road safety in the EU (PIN Flash 37)

Cities and towns are home to 72% of the population of the European Union. These are the places where the majority of journeys begin and end. These urban centres face multiple, often conflicting needs and challenges when it comes to managing the way people and goods move around. The nature of these challenges is also evolving. Urban populations are increasing, the population is ageing, people are being encouraged to walk and cycle more as concerns over congestion and air pollution move up the political […]

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