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SafetyCube launches database of studies and measures to help policymakers evaluate road safety policy

SafetyCube launches database of studies and measures to help policymakers evaluate road safety policy

An EU-funded project known as SafetyCube has launched an online portal to enable policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types in Europe. The website includes analysis of road safety risks and mitigation strategies and will soon feature a tool to help with cost benefit analysis of measures. SafetyCube is a research project funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, in […]

27 November 2014 – Keeping science at the heart of road safety policy-making, Barcelona

The European Transport Safety Lecture 2014 Thursday 27 November 2014, 17:00 Catalan Traffic Service – Servei Català de Trànsit, Generalitat de Catalunya Carrer Diputació, 355 – 08009 Barcelona The European Transport Safety Council’s (ETSC) annual debate event, featuring a keynote speech by María Seguí Gómez, Director General at the Spanish Directorate General for Transport (DGT). Joan Josep Isern Aranda, Director of the Catalan Traffic Service (SCT) and Julio Laria del Vals, Director of the Road Safety Institute of the Fundación MAPFRE, responded to the […]

Intelligent Speed Assistance ‘most effective’ driver support system

Intelligent Speed Assistance ‘most effective’ driver support system

A comprehensive assessment of eight different driver support technologies shows that Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) would save the most lives. The research, by the Norwegian Institute for Transport Economics (TØI), and now published in English, found that the overall societal benefits of introducing the technology would outweigh the costs. Selective use for high-risk groups such as young drivers could be even more cost-effective, according to the study. ETSC says ‘assisting’ ISA, that warns drivers of speed limits and assists the driver to adapt to the […]

Priorities for Road Safety Research in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme

Priorities for Road Safety Research in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme

In this briefing, ETSC outlines how the EU should prioritise road safety research in its Horizon 2020 research programme.  

National Regulations on the Use of Nomadic Devices in Vehicles

National Regulations on the Use of Nomadic Devices in Vehicles

This report provides an overview of the results of a study commissioned by the European Commission (DG INFSO) to the consortium of IGES, University of Leeds and ETSC on the regulatory situation in the Member States on mounting and using nomadic devices (such as GPS and mobile phones) in motor vehicles. Nomadic devices comprise all portable electronic devices for information, entertainment, or communication that can be used outside of the vehicle and inside the vehicle by the driver whilst driving. Deriving from this context, the objectives of the […]

Transport Safety Organisation in Public and Private Sectors

Transport Safety Organisation in Public and Private Sectors

Transport safety, traditionally, is seen a matter of engineering roads and vehicles, trains and aircrafts and their control systems, ships and their navigation, educating users and training experts as well as enforcing laws and regulations. Hence, the three “Es”, engineering, education and enforcing, are generally seen as the three pillars of transport safety policies. Whether they result in successful measures is first and foremost a question of how well they are designed and implemented. But even the most thorough design and implementation of individual […]

Transport Safety Performance in the EU – A Statistical Overview

Transport Safety Performance in the EU – A Statistical Overview

Executive Summary Transport crashes in the EU killed about 39,200 EU citizens in 2001, cause over 3.3 million casualties and presently cost over 180 billion Euros, around twice the total EU budget for all activity. Nowadays road crashes in the EU lead to 97% of all transport deaths and to more than 93% of all transport crash costs and are the leading cause of death and hospital admission for citizens under 50 years. Road crashes cost more than congestion and pollution, or cancer and […]

A Strategy for EU Transport Safety Research

A Strategy for EU Transport Safety Research

The cost of transport crashes is estimated at around at 2 per cent of the GDP of the European Union – around twice the amount of the annual EU budget for all activity. Road crashes are the largest single cause of death for EU citizens under 45 years. One in three citizens will require hospital treatment during their lifetime following a road crash. Individual public transport tragedies are a major source of public concern. Preventing death and disabling injury entails a transport system that is better adapted to the […]

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