Memorandum to the Italian Presidency of the EU

  • June 30, 2014

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 including progress on in-vehicle safety technologies such as Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) for professional vehicles and alcohol interlocks for certain vehicle and driver categories, with recommendations for maximising the results for road safety. ETSC is calling on the Italian Presidency to promote the uptake of these technologies in the EU.

The final part of this briefing examines Italy’s own track record on road safety with recommendations for improvement.