Germany

Do electric cars crash more frequently than conventionally-powered cars?

Do electric cars crash more frequently than conventionally-powered cars?

The Swiss branch of AXA, an insurer, says its data show electric vehicles crash 50% more often than conventionally-powered cars. The company says the reason for this is likely to be the higher acceleration of, in particular, the more powerful electric cars.  The underlying data have not been published.  AXA’s German branch said, in a separate news release, that its data from the German market did not lead to the […]

Warning on rising German road deaths

Warning on rising German road deaths

According to preliminary results from the German Federal Statistics Office for January to June 2022, a total of 1,238 people were killed and 163,800 injured in road collisions in Germany.  The TÜV Association, an ETSC member, has warned that new measures will be needed to prevent road traffic deaths returning to pre-pandemic levels. Marc-Philipp Waschke, road safety officer at the TÜV Association, said: “Historically low crash figures were one of […]

80% of Germans support a total ban on drinking before driving

80% of Germans support a total ban on drinking before driving

A clear majority of German citizens are in favour of a total ban on alcohol at the wheel. In a representative survey of 1,000 people aged 16 and over for the latest TÜV Mobility report, four out of five German citizens were in favour of a general ban on alcohol. “Alcohol massively impairs the coordination, reaction and decision-making abilities of drivers,” said Marc-Philipp Waschke, Road Safety Officer at the TÜV […]

Higher fines for SUV-drivers in Frankfurt

Higher fines for SUV-drivers in Frankfurt

A court in Frankfurt has imposed a higher fine than normal on an SUV-driver for jumping a red light, with the justification that pedestrians using the intersection were at a greater risk from the vehicle. The “box-like design and increased front end due to the greater ground clearance” led to a higher risk of injuring other road users, the court said. The standard rate for the fine was 200 euros, […]

Europe’s first cars with Level 3 automated driving go on sale in Germany

Europe’s first cars with Level 3 automated driving go on sale in Germany

Two new models from Mercedes-Benz have gone on sale in Germany with an automated system capable of taking complete control of the vehicle away from the driver under certain circumstances.  ETSC says more oversight is needed of such systems, together with a commitment to an in-depth crash investigation for every collision involving a vehicle with self-driving features. ETSC has repeatedly called for the setting up of an EU road collision […]

100 German cities want the right to set 30 km/h limits

100 German cities want the right to set 30 km/h limits

An initiative in Germany to push for local government powers to set 30 km/h limits has signed-up its 100th city.   The “Lebenswerte Städte durch angemessene Geschwindigkeiten” campaign, which can be roughly translated as “Liveable cities need reasonable speeds”, is calling on the federal government to change the law in order to let local authorities introduce 30 km/h speed limits more easily.  The current road traffic law sets narrow limits for […]

Lack of standard safety features on vans criticised

Lack of standard safety features on vans criticised

ADAC, a German motoring organisation, has said it cannot recommend 18 out of 19 top selling vans due to a lack of safety features on their entry-level models. A recent series of tests by Euro NCAP was more positive, but it tested vehicles with optional safety equipment fitted.  ADAC says most vans are sold in their cheapest, stripped down form – so decided to investigate these models. According to the […]

Several countries tighten e-scooter rules as German study finds huge underreporting of injuries

Several countries tighten e-scooter rules as German study finds huge underreporting of injuries

Several governments are updating rules on e-scooter use, as more evidence emerges of the particular risks faced by users of this novel mode of transport. Denmark introduced mandatory helmets from 1 January this year, following research that showed the risks of an e-scooter crash are seven times higher than for bicycles. Norway will also introduce mandatory helmets for children up to 15 years old later in the spring and introduce […]

ETSC Online Event – e-Scooter Safety: From research to action – 25 January 2022 – 10:00-12:30 CET

This online event explored current thinking and understanding of e-scooter safety. The agenda can be found here. The presentations and video of the event can be viewed by clicking the following YouTube links: 12:10 – Sarah Lynch – European Commission – DG Move – e-scooters and road safety 29:07 – Mehdi Hocine – European Commission – DG Grow – e-scooter technical regulation 44:22 – Margaret Winchcombe – PACTS – e-scooters […]

As Mercedes launches Europe’s first Level-3 automated vehicle system, it’s time for an EU crash investigation authority

As Mercedes launches Europe’s first Level-3 automated vehicle system, it’s time for an EU crash investigation authority

ETSC is repeating its call for the setting up of an EU road collision investigation authority to conduct forensic analysis of crashes involving automated vehicles on EU roads. The call follows the announcement yesterday by Mercedes-Benz of the German launch of ‘Drive Pilot’, a system that allows for hands-off automated driving in traffic at speeds up to 60 km/h on German motorways.  This is the first approval of a Level […]

Speeding fines doubled in Germany

Speeding fines doubled in Germany

Enforcement fines for speeding and other traffic offences are to be substantially increased in Germany from next month, following legal changes agreed in early October. Anyone caught driving 16 to 20 kilometers per hour (km / h) too fast in an urban area will see the fine doubled from 35 to 70 euros.  For those that are caught at 91 km / h instead of the permitted 50 km / h, the […]

Paris moves to 30 km/h across the city, as Brussels hails safety gains

Paris moves to 30 km/h across the city, as Brussels hails safety gains

The French capital has introduced Europe’s largest 30 km/h zone, covering the entire city for the first time with the exception of several main roads, such as the Champs Elysée and the main ring road. 30 km/h limits already covered two thirds of the city, but the zone has now been extended in a further bid to reduce collisions, noise and pollution.  The southern city of Montpellier also introduced a […]

Spain switches most urban roads to 30 km/h amid calls for action in several EU Member States

Spain switches most urban roads to 30 km/h amid calls for action in several EU Member States

30 km/h is the default speed limit on single-lane urban roads in Spain since 11 May, the culmination of a policy announced in changes to the Spanish general road law as far back as  2014. In 2019, official figures showed that, for the first time, the proportion of vulnerable road users killed on Spanish roads exceeded those killed in vehicles.  The push to finally implement the lower speed limits in […]

Is car no longer king in Berlin?

Is car no longer king in Berlin?

A new “pedestrian law” has been passed in Berlin, with the aim of shifting the priority away from cars, and further towards vulnerable road users. At the end of January, Berlin’s state parliament passed a so-called pedestrian law — an amendment to a 2018 law that focused on improving traffic safety for cyclists. Both were the first of their kind in Germany, according to DW – a German news broadcaster. […]

Online event – Road Safety and Society: Involving Stakeholders in Road Safety Programmes – 19 November – 10:00-12:00

Online event – Road Safety and Society: Involving Stakeholders in Road Safety Programmes – 19 November – 10:00-12:00

This online PIN Talk took place on Thursday 19 November from 10:00-12:00 using the Zoom platform. It was organised by ETSC and DVR with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in connection with the German Presidency of the Council of the EU. The focus of the event was: Involving stakeholders in road safety programmes. National experts from Germany shared their experiences with international and […]

Austria and Germany set to increase speeding fines

Austria and Germany set to increase speeding fines

Both Austria and Germany are in the process of changing traffic laws to increase penalties for speeding. The Austrian transport minister said last month that fines for speeders could be doubled and confiscation of vehicles could become an option in extreme cases, such as when those sanctioned continue driving after a ban.  Driving bans will also be doubled in length in some cases. The announcement was welcomed by ETSC’s Austrian […]

New German data confirm that one third of collisions involve inappropriate speed

New German data confirm that one third of collisions involve inappropriate speed

32% of the people who were killed in a traffic collision in 2019 in Germany died in an incident where the police accused at least one driver of driving at an inappropriate speed, according to new official data. The German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reported in July that a total of 963 people died in collisions due to inappropriate speed last year, while 53,687 were injured, 13,769 of them severely. […]

Memorandum to the German Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the German Presidency of the EU

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the German Presidency of the European Union in the second part of 2020.

E-scooters: Calls in Germany for licenses, speed limits for new users and indicator lights

E-scooters: Calls in Germany for licenses, speed limits for new users and indicator lights

ETSC’s German member DVR – the German Road Safety Council, together with ETSC’s newest member DEKRA, specialists in vehicle inspection, have published 11 recommendations for improving e-scooter safety, one year after the vehicles were legalised in Germany.  The recommendations focus on the vehicles themselves, but also how they are used, particularly in the city e-scooter rental market.   The organisations are calling for e-scooter users to be required to pass an […]

German Road Safety Council launches campaign for a motorway speed limit

German Road Safety Council launches campaign for a motorway speed limit

The German Road Safety Council, a founding member of ETSC, has launched a call for a generalised speed limit of 130 km/h across the motorway network. In a resolution of the DVR board published yesterday the organisation said: “Speed plays a particularly important role with regard to the distance travelled during the reaction time, and the kinetic energy acting on the vehicle occupants. A reduced speed leads to a shorter […]

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