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Road Safety Priorities for the EU 2024-2029

  • April 18, 2024

Europe’s approach to tackling road safety is in trouble. The EU, and its Member States, have agreed on targets to cut road deaths by half in the decade to 2030. But, according to the current trend, deaths are set to fall by only a quarter. There were 20,400 road deaths in the EU last year – down just 1% on the previous year.  While this is a 10% reduction since 2019 – the baseline for the 2030 target – the downward trend has flat-lined in several Member States and risen in others.

At European level, there is an urgent need for strong leadership and action on road safety to get things back on track. This briefing will set out ETSC’s priorities ahead of the start of the new mandate. It is vital that the newly appointed decision-makers in the European Parliament and Commission hit the ground running and identify areas for action quickly.