Publications

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 […]

Reducing child deaths on European roads (PIN Flash 34)

Reducing child deaths on European roads (PIN Flash 34)

Every day in the European Union, more than thirty children are seriously injured and two are killed in road traffic collisions. More than 8,100 have died over the last decade. The impact of these deaths and life-changing injuries on families and communities is immeasurable. But they also carry an economic cost, which diverts resources that could have been used for education, improving health or other social goods. Children are particularly vulnerable road users. They lack experience and are less visible to other road users […]

Progress in Reducing Drink Driving in Europe

Progress in Reducing Drink Driving 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 […]

Position Paper: Proposed changes to the driving and resting time rules and tachographs

Position Paper: Proposed changes to the driving and resting time rules and tachographs

     

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case study: Gonvarri Steel Services

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case study: Gonvarri Steel Services

Case study: Gonvarri Steel Services 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, Juan Llovet, Corporate Director of Sustainability and Communications at Gonvarri Steel Services, discusses the organisations approach to work-related road risk and road safety. FACTFILE Company: Gonvarri Steel Services Sector: Engineering/Auto components and road barriers Fleet: 4,000 employees in 17 countries

Briefing: 5th EU Road Safety Action Programme 2020-2030

Briefing: 5th EU Road Safety Action Programme 2020-2030

2016 was the third consecutive poor year for road safety: 25,670 people lost their lives on EU roads compared to 26,200 the previous year – a 2% decrease. But this followed a 1% increase in 2015 and stagnation in 2014. In addition, around 135,000 people were seriously injured on European roads in 2014 according to European Commission estimates based on the MAIS 3+ standard definition of a serious injury. Road collisions give rise to huge costs to society. A recent study estimated the value […]

Memorandum to the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2018. These include supporting the adoption of a new long-term strategic Road Safety Programme for the EU and pushing for the adoption of the delayed road safety legislation on vehicle safety and infrastructure safety management. The briefing stresses the importance of looking to the future and ensuring that Europe is prepared for the […]

Infographic: Does My Organisation Need To Manage Road Risk?

Infographic: Does My Organisation Need To Manage Road Risk?

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Briefing: Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)

Briefing: Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)

Digital technologies have developed rapidly over the past decades and they are increasingly being introduced in transport. While Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) focus on digital technologies providing intelligence placed at the roadside or in vehicles, C-ITS focuses on the communication between those systems – whether it is a vehicle communicating with another vehicle, with the infrastructure, or with other C-ITS systems. Vehicles and infrastructure equipped with C-ITS can, for example, communicate a warning to each other, after which the drivers are informed about the […]

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