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Ranking EU Progress on Car Occupant Safety (PIN Flash 27)

Ranking EU Progress on Car Occupant Safety (PIN Flash 27)

Around 240,000 car occupants were killed in road collisions in the EU in the years 2001-2012. There were 12,345 deaths in 2012 compared with 27,700 in 2001 (1), a cut of 55%. Deaths of car occupants were cut by more than the overall death rate (49%) and substantially more than the rate for other road users (41%). Car occupants have therefore benefitted more than other road users from road safety measures adopted over the past decade. This is not surprising, as many of those […]

Response to the European Commission’s Urban Mobility Package

Response to the European Commission’s Urban Mobility Package

The European Commission adopted its urban mobility package on the 17th of December 2013. With 11,000 deaths on the road in urban areas across the EU in 2012, improving road safety in cities has been recognised as a political priority. The new Eurobarometer survey also shows that a large majority of European citizens (73%) considers road safety to be a serious problem in cities. The EU set a goal in the Transport White Paper to: “move towards the target of zero fatalities in road […]

The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – Safeguarding Safety

The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – Safeguarding Safety

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement that is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. It aims to remove trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors including passenger cars. The EU and the U.S. also want to tackle barriers such as differences in technical regulations, standards and approval procedures. In this briefing, ETSC stresses that, it is essential that common vehicle safety standards are moved up, not down. ETSC emphasises that there is […]

Weights and Dimensions of Heavy Goods Vehicles – Maximising Safety

Weights and Dimensions of Heavy Goods Vehicles – Maximising Safety

In this briefing, ETSC makes the case for supporting the redesign of the front end of HGVs to reduce the current risks to both car occupants and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists (VRUs). A change in design could have a significant impact on the number of deaths and serious injuries involved in collisions with HGVs.

Memorandum to the Greek Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Greek Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Greek presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2014. These include securing agreements on EU legislation on automated in-vehicle emergency calling (eCall) and safer lorry design. We also examine the main recent and forthcoming policy initiatives from the European Commission including progress on in-vehicle safety technologies such as Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) for professional vehicles and alcohol interlocks for certain vehicle […]

Manifesto for the 2014 European Parliament Elections

Manifesto for the 2014 European Parliament Elections

Ahead of the European elections in May 2014, ETSC has identified speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, infrastructure safety and the safety of vulnerable road users as priority areas for action during the mandate of the next European Parliament.

FAQ: Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA)

FAQ: Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA)

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) is the term given to a range of devices that assist drivers in choosing appropriate speeds and complying with speed limits. Intelligent Speed Assistance technologies bring speed limit information into the vehicle. Drivers receive the same information that they see (or sometimes miss seeing) on traffic signs through an onboard communication system, helping them to keep track of the legal speed limit all along their journey. Information regarding the speed limit for a given location is usually identified from an […]

Position Paper: Proposal to Amend Maximum Weights and Dimensions of Vehicles

Position Paper: Proposal to Amend Maximum Weights and Dimensions of Vehicles

The European Commission has proposed a revision of Directive 96/53/EC which prescribes the maximum permitted weights and dimensions for vehicles using the road networks in the European Union. The proposal will grant derogations from the maximum dimensions of vehicles for the addition of aerodynamic devices to the rear of vehicles and give the possibility to redefine the geometry of the cabs for tractors. The derogations must meet certain requirements, one of which is not to increase the load capacity of vehicles. The requirements will […]

Position Paper: eCall

Position Paper: eCall

The European Commission has launched further proposals to prepare the way for the introduction of emergency call (eCall) to improve road safety. On the 13th of June, the European Commission proposed a Regulation requestig that all new types of vehicles in categories M1 and N1 entering the EU market after the 1st of October 2015 have an in-vehicle eCall system. On the same date, the European Commission adopted Decision 2013/0166 that will require EU Member States to deploy the necessary eCall Public Service Answering […]

Memorandum to the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU

In this Memorandum, ETSC wishes to outline its priorities on road safety for the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU and to present its recommendations on key EU policy dossiers. ETSC looks forward to see leadership from the side of Mr. Rimantas Sinkevičius, Minister of Transport and Communications, and the Lithuanian Government in improving road safety in Lithuania and in the EU. Lithuania achieved the EU target of reducing by 50% the number of road deaths between 2001 and 2010. ETSC has recognised Lithuania’s progress […]

7th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

7th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

Regaining pace: road deaths down by 9% in 2012 A total of 27,700 people were killed in the EU27 as a consequence of road collisions. Around 313,000 were recorded as seriously injured and many more suffered slight injuries. Following disappointing results from 2011, the year 2012 brings a welcome contrast as 27 out the 31 countries monitored by the PIN Programme registered a drop in the number of road deaths. Frontrunners are Malta and Cyprus followed by Israel and Denmark. But road deaths increased […]

Risk on the Roads – A Male Problem? (PIN Flash 25)

Risk on the Roads – A Male Problem? (PIN Flash 25)

Just under 30,400 people were killed in 2011 in the EU27 in road collisions, approximately 7,200 females and 23,200 males. Females account for 51% of the total EU population but only 24% of road deaths. This percentage has changed by only one percentage point since 2001, but the reduction in female deaths since then has been four percentage points greater than the reduction in male deaths. Males account for 76% of people killed on the roads in the EU in 2011. In the EU […]

Integrating Safety into the EU’s Urban Transport Policy

Integrating Safety into the EU’s Urban Transport Policy

Transport safety is an essential component of sustainable urban mobility and should be firmly integrated into the mobility planning processes by cities. A total of 38% of road deaths occur in urban areas in 2009. The EU has set a target to reduce road deaths by 50% by 2020 as well as the longer term “vision zero” by 2050. The European Commission recently adopted its ‘First Milestone towards a Serious Injury Strategy’ in March this year. This new initiative is also highly relevant to […]

Response to the European Commission’s ‘First Milestone towards a Serious Injury Strategy’

Response to the European Commission’s ‘First Milestone towards a Serious Injury Strategy’

The European Commission presented its ‘First Milestone towards a Serious Injury Strategy’ on the 19th of March 2013. In this paper ETSC sets out its response. Part I lays out the policy framework in which this new initiative is taking shape. Part II looks at the proposed new definition for Serious Injury and how the data will be collected as well as its important use to inform decision makers about impact of their measures. Part III looks at measures that are needed to reduce […]

Contribution on Road Safety to CARS 2020

Contribution on Road Safety to CARS 2020

ETSC’s contribution on road safety to the CARS 2020 programme of the European Commission.  

Position Paper: Flight Time Limitations

Position Paper: Flight Time Limitations

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) recognises that fatigue is a significant contribution to accident risk across the transport modes. It also recognises that the management of fatigue is a complex process and that the proposals from the European Aviation Safety Agency represent a comprehensive attempt to resolve this problem. However, it believes that the proposals do not fully and properly reflect the scientific evidence that should underpin fatigue management. Nor do they fully incorporate the scientific evidence which EASA itself commissioned.    

Towards Safer Transport of Goods and Passengers in Europe (PIN Flash 24)

Towards Safer Transport of Goods and Passengers in Europe (PIN Flash 24)

In the European Union 4,254 people lost their lives in collisions involving heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in 2011, 3,999 in collisions involving light goods vehicles (LGVs) – goods vehicles with a maximum permitted weight below 3.5 tonnes – and 722 in collisions involving a bus, coach or trolleybus, totalling 29% of the overall number of road deaths recorded in 2011. Since 2001, for the EU as a whole, deaths in collisions involving an HGV and in collisions involving a bus or coach were reduced […]

Integration of Road Safety in Other Policy Areas

Integration of Road Safety in Other Policy Areas

Integration of road safety into other policy areas can be understood as systematically taking the issue and mainstreaming it in other related fields of policy. A useful tool towards reaching this goal is the experience of integrating environment into all policy areas which was undertaken a decade ago following a new requirement of the European Treaty of Amsterdam. This paper argues that useful synergies can be created and achieved and certain objectives can be met through integrating safety into other areas, in line with […]

Memorandum to the Irish Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Irish Presidency of the EU

This Memorandum briefly outlines ETSC’s priorities for the Irish Presidency of the EU and presents our recommendations on key EU policy dossiers. ETSC welcomes that the Irish Presidency of the EU has identified road safety as a priority, under the new Irish Road safety Strategy which is scheduled for adoption early 2013. We hope that Mr. Leo Varadkar, Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Irish Government will show their leadership in delivering road safety in Ireland and in the EU. This is […]

Have a safe ride! A manual for cyclists

Have a safe ride! A manual for cyclists

This manual, produced as part of the BIKE PAL project, is targeted at people who ride their bicycles on public roads and have to interact with traffic. Download (BG) Download (CS) Download (DE) Download (DK) Download (EL) Download (EN) Download (ES) Download (ET) Download (FI) Download (FR) Download (HR) Download (HU) Download (IT) Download (LT) Download (LV) Download (NL) Download (PL) Download (PT) Download (RO) Download (SK) Download (SL) Download (SV)

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