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Briefing: European Commission Interim evaluation of the Policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020

Briefing: European Commission Interim evaluation of the Policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020

In June 2015, half way to 2020, the European Commission published its review of the ‘Road Safety Policy Orientations’ (RSPO), a framework with the objective of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020 published in 2010. The review consists of a set of three documents: a European Commission Staff Working Document, a European Commission Interim Evaluation Report and a study commissioned to independent expert Jeanne Breen. In 2010 the road safety community had hoped for, and expected, a new EU 10-year action programme providing […]

9th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

9th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

In 2010, the European Union renewed its commitment to improving road safety by setting a target of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels. This goal followed an earlier target set in 2001 to halve road deaths by 2010. 2014 was a bad year for road safety. 25,845 people were killed in the EU28 as a consequence of road collisions compared to 26,009 in 2013, representing a decrease of only 0.6%, compared with the decrease of 6.7% that is needed to reach the target for 2020 […]

Making Walking and Cycling on Europe’s Roads Safer (PIN Flash 29)

Making Walking and Cycling on Europe’s Roads Safer (PIN Flash 29)

Around 138,400 pedestrians and cyclists lost their lives on EU roads between 2001 and 2013. 7,600 were killed in 2013 alone. Deaths among pedestrians and cyclists, who are the most vulnerable road users and whose use of the roads is being encouraged for reasons of health and sustainability, account for 29% of all road deaths across the EU. Pedestrians killed represent 21% and cyclists 8% of all road deaths. But big disparities exist between countries. Moreover, there is a high level of underreporting of […]

Memorandum to the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2015. These include preparing for the new EU roads package including the safety aspects. ETSC strongly welcomes the Luxembourg initiative to put soft forms of transport including walking and cycling centre stage on their Presidency agenda. Safety must be an integral part of increasing take up of these healthier forms of transport. The […]

Managing Young Drivers at Work

Managing Young Drivers at Work

Organisations are increasingly aware of the business case for introducing road safety management programmes to reduce work-related road risk. The many benefits include cutting preventable injuries, mitigating losses associated with collisions and boosting corporate social responsibility efforts. The focus of this report is to give an overview of the issues specific to managing young drivers at work. Evidence shows that young people have the highest collision involvement of any road user group. This report looks into the direct and indirect factors associated with higher […]

Case Study – Arriva Denmark

Case Study – Arriva Denmark

Arriva Denmark is a major public transport operator in Denmark. In this interview, Jonas Billekop Heinrichs, explains how the company developed its road safety programme and, in particular, the decision to equip its buses with alcohol interlocks.

Road Safety Enforcement in the EU Vision 2020

Road Safety Enforcement in the EU Vision 2020

This paper shortly outlines what action the EU and the Member States need to take to achieve a high level of enforcement of traffic law to save lives across the EU by 2020. The European Commission adopted a new target to halve road deaths by 2020 and, in its Transport White Paper in 2011, a ‘Vision Zero’ for 2050. In order to achieve the 2020 target the EU will have to go above and beyond current reduction trends. Enforcement is a means to prevent […]

FAQ: EU Cross Border Enforcement Directive

FAQ: EU Cross Border Enforcement Directive

1. What does Cross Border Enforcement mean? What is the goal of this Directive? Cross Border Enforcement refers to the pursuit of traffic offences committed by drivers of a car which is registered in an EU Member State different than the one where they were detected. The goal of the Directive is to offer an automated tool for enforcement authorities in the Member State where the offence was committed to pursue and fine the drivers of cars registered in other EU Member States when […]

Ranking EU Progress on Improving Motorway Safety (PIN Flash 28)

Ranking EU Progress on Improving Motorway Safety (PIN Flash 28)

Motorways are the safest roads by design and regulation. Nevertheless in 2013, around 1,900 people were killed on the motorway network in the EU, representing 7% of all road deaths. Nearly 27,500 people have died on motorways in the EU in the last ten years 2004 to 2013. Nevertheless progress has been made. Across the EU the number of people killed on motorways was cut by 49% between 2004 and 2013 (compared to 44% on the rest of the road network). Over the same […]

Briefing: Mid Term Review of the European Commission Transport White Paper 2011-2020

Briefing: Mid Term Review of the European Commission Transport White Paper 2011-2020

In 2011, the European Commission published its Transport White Paper “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area-Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system”. This followed the EC’s ‘Road Safety Policy Orientations’ (RSPO), published in July 2010, a framework with the objective of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020. The 2011 White Paper was welcomed by ETSC, primarily for including a ‘Vision Zero’ complementing the “Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020” target of halving road deaths by 2020. ETSC also welcomed the ambition “to […]

Memorandum to the Latvian Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Latvian Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Latvian Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2015. These include securing agreements on EU legislation on safer lorry design, Cross Border Enforcement and prioritising work in new areas such as infrastructure safety. The briefing also examines the upcoming policy initiatives from the European Commission including progress towards the 2020 target and reviewing the Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020, with recommendations […]

Briefing: Mid Term Review of the European Commission’s Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020

Briefing: Mid Term Review of the European Commission’s Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020

In July 2010, the European Commission published a set of ‘Road Safety Policy Orientations’ (RSPO), a framework with the objective of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020. While ETSC welcomed the adoption of the 2020 target, our response to the RSPO was that it was a significant step backwards compared to the three previous European Road Safety Action Programmes. ETSC described the document as containing ‘a weak set of objectives and actions’ which calls ‘seriously into question the chances of reaching the target’. […]

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: ESB

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: ESB

Case study: ESB 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 interview, Grainne Coogan, Road Safety Bureau Communications Officer at ESB, a major Irish company involved in the production, supply, distribution and maintenance of electricity throughout Ireland and internationally, discusses how the organisation got to grips with road safety management and cut incidents dramatically over a […]

Managing the Road Risk of Van Fleets

Managing the Road Risk of Van Fleets

The purpose of this report is to give an overview of van safety issues in Europe, and to encourage and enable van fleet operators to navigate European legislation and apply good practice measures for their drivers and businesses. In line with frameworks such as ISO 39001 or the Haddon Matrix, the report focuses on the business case, vehicle management, journey management and compliance-led driver management. While ETSC believes it is in the public interest to tackle safety issues associated with this vehicle category at […]

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 […]

Memorandum to the Italian Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Italian Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Italian Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2014. These include securing agreements on EU legislation on automated in-vehicle emergency calling (eCall) and safer lorry design. The Italian Presidency must also strongly support efforts to reach an agreement on a new proposal on the Cross Border Enforcement Directive. The briefing also examines the main recent policy initiatives from the European Commission […]

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Iron Mountain

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Iron Mountain

Case study: Iron Mountain 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 interview, Rory Morgan, National Logistics General Manager for Iron Mountain, a global information storage and management company, explains how investing in road safety management has brought major business benefits. Factfile Company: Iron Mountain Sector: Information storage and management Fleet: 500 vehicles across Western […]

The Business Case for Managing Road Risk at Work

The Business Case for Managing Road Risk at Work

This report gives an overview of the business case for employers to invest in a Work-Related Road Risk Management (WRRRM) programme. It finds that the financial and other benefits of such a programme could outweigh the costs of implementation. The other benefits such as increasing efficiency in organisational management and administration are also detailed. The report shows that, by investing in work-related road safety (WRRS), employers can also gain a competitive advantage as well as fulfilling their legal compliance obligations. The report covers a list of possible costs and the […]

8th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

8th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

In 2010, the European Union renewed its commitment to improving road safety by setting a target of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels. This goal followed an earlier target set in 2001 to halve road deaths by 2010. The rankings presented in Part I show the latest developments in road safety in 2013, the third annual step toward the 2020 target. Progress since 2001, the base year of the earlier 2010 target, is also shown to indicate the longer […]

Briefing on the Cross Border Enforcement Directive

Briefing on the Cross Border Enforcement Directive

The CBE Directive and why it is important for road safety The Directive on the Cross-Border Exchange of Information related to road safety 2011/82 has set up a procedure for the exchange of information on eight road traffic offences including those linked to the main road risk factors: speeding, non-use of a seat-belt, failing to stop at a traffic light, drug-influenced and drink-driving, failing to wear a helmet, use of a forbidden lane and illegally using a mobile phone. Through the legislation, Member States are […]

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