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Last Night the EU Saved My Life: ETSC launches new campaign in support of future EU vehicle safety standards

In the run-up to crucial votes by EU industry ministers and in the European Parliament, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has launched a new social media campaign in support of future EU vehicle safety standards. In May this year the European Commission announced a significant proposal to upgrade mandatory vehicle safety standards for all new cars, vans, lorries and buses sold in the EU.  The combination of new standards and technologies could save 25,000 lives in the EU between 2022 and 2037 according […]

13 November 2018, A Europe that Protects. Road Safety 2020+: the Future of Safe EU Road Transport, Vienna

13 November 2018, 08.30-14.30 Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Radetzkystraße 2, 1030 Vienna, Austria Ministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, Radetzkystraße 2, 1030 Wien, Österreich The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV) and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) held a high level road safety conference in Vienna on 13 November 2018. Norbert Hofer, Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology made a keynote address. […]

Austria launches drug driving campaign

Austria launches drug driving campaign

The Austrian Ministry of Transport has said that drug drivers are becoming an ever greater danger in road traffic. A new government-sponsored campaign has been launched to raise awareness.  Meanwhile KFV, ETSC’s Austrian member is trialling new saliva test technology to improve the efficiency of enforcement. An opinion survey for KFV found that approximately 4% of Austrians have driven a vehicle under the influence of illegal drugs.  The number of drug drivers caught has also risen. In 2017, 2192 people were found driving under […]

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 […]

Austria launches alcohol interlock rehabilitation programme

Austria launches alcohol interlock rehabilitation programme

Austria has launched a voluntary rehabilitation programme for drink driving offenders using alcohol interlocks following successful trials run in 2012 and 2013. Convicted drink drivers can opt in to the scheme to enable them to get back behind the wheel when they have completed half of their driving ban period (subject to a minimum of four months).  The programme, which launched in September, is the first to require participants to meet regularly with a mentor. Data from the devices will be monitored and violations […]

Netherlands rolls out saliva tests for drug driving

Netherlands rolls out saliva tests for drug driving

The Netherlands is the latest country to start road-side saliva tests to catch drug driving offenders.  Early results since the programme launched in July have been described as ‘the tip of the iceberg’. Like other countries, the Netherlands already had laws against drug driving, but enforcement was based on behavioural characteristics such as poor driving or observing dilated pupils.  Suspected offenders had to be accompanied to a police station for a sample of blood or urine to be taken, this was then sent away […]

17 November 2017 – Regulating Drug Driving to Protect all Road Users, Vienna

17 November 2017, 09:00-13:00 Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) Radetzkystraße 2, 1030 Vienna, Austria The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV) organised a seminar on drug driving on 17 November in Vienna, Austria. Knowledge of the road safety toll from driving under the influence of psychoactive drugs is growing. In Austria, 7% of drivers have admitted to have driven under the influence of drugs. The […]

8 November 2017 – REVIVE Round table, Vienna

8 November 2017 – REVIVE Round table, Vienna

The second REVIVE Round table focused on improving post-collision outcomes in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia In the framework of the REVIVE Project, experts from Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Rescue/Fire Service (RFS) and road transport safety representatives from Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia met in Vienna on 8 November 2017.  They discussed the way forward for improving post-collision response and emergency care in Central Eastern Europe. The meeting gathered representatives from Ministries of the Interior, Health, Defence, […]

Apple to offer a built-in iPhone ‘car mode’ as new data suggest widespread distracted driving

Apple to offer a built-in iPhone ‘car mode’ as new data suggest widespread distracted driving

The next version of the standard software included on Apple’s iPhones will include a feature that detects driving and then blocks distracting notifications including calls and messages. The overridable feature, known as ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’, will operate automatically once the phone’s owner has opted-in to the feature the first time the phone detects driving. Passengers, and indeed drivers who click the passenger button, will be able to override the mode at all times. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requested […]

EU transport ministers back ‘ambitious’ vehicle safety improvements

EU transport ministers back ‘ambitious’ vehicle safety improvements

Eight EU transport ministers have called on the European Commission to ‘speed up’ plans to upgrade vehicle safety standards saying road safety should be ‘top priority’. In a letter to the European Commissioner for industry Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the transport ministers of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and The Netherlands said ‘ambitious’ new vehicle safety standards are needed ‘to help Member States halve the number of road deaths by 2020’. 26,000 people die on European Union roads annually, with at least 135,000 suffering life-changing […]

Alcohol interlocks and drink driving rehabilitation in the EU – Guidelines for Member States

Alcohol interlocks and drink driving rehabilitation in the EU – Guidelines for Member States

Across Europe there is still a group of hard core drink driving offenders that seem unwilling or unable to change their behaviour despite the use of traditional countermeasures such as awareness campaigns, fines and driving bans. For this group, the introduction of an alcohol interlock programme seems to be an effective measure. Studies have repeatedly shown that alcohol interlock programmes, combined with rehabilitation programmes, cut reoffending rates both during and after the driver has been required to install the device in their vehicle. This […]

Austria prepares legal basis for alcohol interlocks

Austria prepares legal basis for alcohol interlocks

The Austrian government is updating its driver licensing laws in preparation for the launch of its alcohol interlock programme next year. Austria is the eighth EU member state to introduce the measure. The programme, which will run initially for a five-year period, was announced last summer, following successful trials. The legal changes also include separate measures targeted at young and novice drivers.  The driving license probationary period will be extended to three years from the current two.  In addition, moped riders will only be […]

Stockholm, Vienna, Berlin and Dublin top European capital city safety ranking

Stockholm, Vienna, Berlin and Dublin top European capital city safety ranking

A new analysis of road deaths rates in European capitals has found a wide range of safety levels.  Stockholm (0.7) and Vienna (1.1) lead the ranking in terms of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, with Berlin and Dublin (1.2) sharing third place. At the bottom end of the spectrum are Zagreb (6.0)*, Rome (4.8) and Nicosia (4.6).  Rome recently announced a Vision Zero programme to cut road deaths. The European Capital Brussels lies in the bottom half of the ranking with 2.6 deaths per 100,000, […]

Austria to introduce alcohol interlock programme next year

Austria to introduce alcohol interlock programme next year

Transport Minister Jörg Leichtfried has announced that convicted drink drivers in Austria will be given the option of installing an alcohol interlock in their vehicles from next year, rather than face a driving ban. Every year about 26,000 people in Austria have their driver’s license revoked for drink driving, according to figures cited by the Austrian Press Agency. The government says the optional scheme will be particularly attractive to people who rely on their cars for their job, and expects demand for the interlock […]

Extend young driver probation period says KFV

Extend young driver probation period says KFV

The Austrian road safety board, an ETSC member, says the novice driver probation period should be doubled to four years. In an interview with Austrian national radio, KFV’s director Othmar Thann said most collisions occur when the trial period ends. Mr Thann also warned that mobile phone use by young drivers is an increasing problem and should be tackled with training courses for those that are caught – similar to existing programmes for other driving offences. KFV also says the moped license needs revising, […]

30 January 2015 – Alcohol interlocks and the fight against drink-driving – a European approach, Vienna

30 January 2015 – Alcohol interlocks and the fight against drink-driving – a European approach, Vienna

30 January 2015. Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) The European Transport Safety Council, the Austrian Ministry of Transport Innovation and Technology and the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV) held a round-table event in Vienna on a holistic approach to addressing alcohol misuse in road transport. The event covered measures to tackle drink driving such as the use of alcohol interlocks, research findings and case studies from EU member states. A round-table discussion offered participants the opportunity to talk to experts and exchange […]

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