Road safety data

Opinion: a closer look at which transport modes cause most harm

Opinion: a closer look at which transport modes cause most harm

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director, ETSC Earlier this month, the European Commission published new analysis of EU road death data that shows which transport modes are responsible for inflicting the most harm.  Similar analysis has previously been carried out at the national level in the UK and France. The breakdown (see infographic above) shows road user type and the other ‘main vehicle’ involved in the crash.  The figures used are from 2019 as detailed data for 2020 are not yet available.  The analysis shows that deaths overwhelmingly occur […]

Young drivers: call for EU to mandate zero-tolerance alcohol and drug limits and graduated driving licences

Young drivers: call for EU to mandate zero-tolerance alcohol and drug limits and graduated driving licences

ETSC is calling on the European Union to improve the safety of young drivers through changes to driver licensing, among other measures, as new data show young road users, aged 15 to 30, have come to represent a quarter of all road deaths. In a report published today, ETSC says that, in 2019, 5,182 young people were killed in road collisions in the 25 EU countries for which figures are available. Road deaths among young people aged 15 to 30 in the EU represent […]

Reducing road deaths among young people (PIN Flash 41)

Reducing road deaths among young people (PIN Flash 41)

This report looks at the progress made in Europe in reducing road deaths among young people. It is based on the latest available data from the 32 EU and non-EU countries that participate in ETSC’s Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme, examining trends over time as well as differences between countries, which are very significant. The format, now familiar to readers of past PIN reports, comes in three parts: Part 1 looks at road deaths, Part 2 at serious injuries, and Part 3 at […]

Opinion: Will the years After Covid spark a revolution in road safety?

Opinion: Will the years After Covid spark a revolution in road safety?

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director, ETSC Perhaps a social historian in a hundred years time, looking back over the last 18 months, will coin two new terms: BC, and AC; Before Covid and After Covid. It seems likely that the global pandemic that has altered the lives of so many the world over, will come to be seen as a turning point. In the realm of road safety, the decade until 2020 was marked in several European countries by slow progress, political neglect and inaction. […]

16 June 2021 – The ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Conference 2021 – Online Event

The event was held on 16 June 2021.  The video recording is available above. Click here to download the agenda. ETSC PIN report 2021 Press release 15th PIN Annual Report, Ranking EU progress on road safety, Antonio Avenoso Road Safety Plan in Greece, Giannis Kefalogianis    

EU Road Deaths Down by 3900 in 2020

EU Road Deaths Down by 3900 in 2020

Covid-19 pandemic travel decrease mainly responsible for a 17% drop in road deaths last year in the EU; Deaths dropped by 37% in the last ten years – short of the EU target to cut by 50% by 2020; Greece announced as the winner of the 2021 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Award – with road deaths down by 54% in ten years; 2020 a “turning point” year – future reductions in road deaths in doubt without political leadership. Brussels – There were around […]

15th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

15th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

In 2011 the European Union set the ambitious target of halving the number of road deaths between 2010 and 2020. This was the second decade-long EU target period, the first having begun in 2001. This report looks at the progress made towards the 2020 target in EU Member States as well as other countries covered by ETSC’s Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme. The EU has set two new targets for 2030, again to halve road deaths, and also to halve serious injuries. This […]

ETSC statement on the 2020 EU road death figures

ETSC statement on the 2020 EU road death figures

Commenting on the data on road deaths in 2020 published today by the European Commission, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said: “The EU has a new target for 2030 to reduce deaths and serious injuries by half.  If we are to succeed this time, we need to avoid the mistakes of the past decade.  The EU needs to act now, not wait years before taking action.  Measures agreed in law should also not be weakened during the implementation […]

New report looks at deadliest vehicle types

New report looks at deadliest vehicle types

Most people who die on the roads are much more likely to be killed in a car, or by a car, than any other mode. By contrast, pedestrians and cyclists are rarely involved in collisions that result in the death of other road users. These are the conclusions of a new report from ETSC’s UK member PACTS. Per mile travelled, vans and light goods vehicles are involved in more deaths of other road users than any other vehicle type, more even than HGVs. Motorcycles […]

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.  

PIN report: Lockdowns resulted in an unprecedented 36% drop in road deaths in the EU

PIN report: Lockdowns resulted in an unprecedented 36% drop in road deaths in the EU

Preliminary data from 25 EU Member States show an average 36% drop in road deaths in April 2020 compared to the average of the same month in the previous three years, according to a new report by the European Transport Safety Council. The highest reduction in road deaths was recorded in Italy (84%), followed by Belgium, Spain, France and Greece with decreases of over 59%.  But reductions in traffic did not lead to reductions in deaths in all countries.  In Sweden, Denmark and the […]

The Impact of Covid-19 Lockdowns on Road Deaths in April 2020 (PIN Briefing)

The Impact of Covid-19 Lockdowns on Road Deaths in April 2020 (PIN Briefing)

In March 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, most European governments put in place unprecedented restrictions on travel and movement including border closures, lockdowns for most of the population, closure of schools, workplaces, shops, leisure and sport facilities. This report assesses the impacts that had on road deaths in Europe during the month of April 2020 – by which time most countries were in lockdown. Out of 25 EU countries for which data is available, 19 saw a decrease in the number of […]

17 June 2020 – The Road Safety Performance Index Award 2020 – Online Event

Online event  Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 11.00-12.00 Central European Summer Time In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s annual ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Award event was moved online. Participants joined via teleconference for the presentation of this year’s PIN Annual Report looking at European progress in reducing road deaths and serious injuries in 2019. We were delighted to be joined by Mrs Adina-Ioana Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport as well as the Mr Taavi Aas, Estonian Minister for Economic Affairs and […]

This list of countries making the most progress on road safety in Europe might surprise you

This list of countries making the most progress on road safety in Europe might surprise you

Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia and Portugal have reduced road deaths the most since 2010 Estonia to receive the 2020 European Transport Safety Council Road Safety Performance Index Award Road deaths in Malta, the Netherlands and the UK were higher in 2019 than in 2010 EU “almost certain to miss” 2020 target to halve road deaths 17 June 2020 Brussels – The Baltic States, together with Greece and Portugal, were the best performing countries in the EU according to a new report on the progress […]

14th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

14th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

22,660 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2019, representing a 3% reduction compared to 2018. Out of the 32 countries monitored by the ETSC Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme, 16 reduced road deaths in 2019. The best results were achieved by Luxembourg with a 39% decrease, Sweden with 32%, Estonia with 22% and Switzerland with 20%. Road deaths increased in 12 countries, while progress stagnated in four. While there has been progress over a longer period, it is not enough to […]

Report calls for action on goods vehicle safety

Report calls for action on goods vehicle safety

A quarter (25%) of road deaths in the European Union are the consequence of a collision involving a goods vehicle, according to the European Transport Safety Council, authors of a new report on the safety of goods transport by road. According to the new analysis, 3310 people lost their lives in police-reported road collisions involving a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) of 3.5 tonnes or above in the 27 countries of the EU in 2018. In the same year, 2630 people were killed in collisions […]

Letter: Prioritising transport safety during and after the COVID-19 crisis

Letter: Prioritising transport safety during and after the COVID-19 crisis

A letter from ETSC to European Commission for Transport Adina-Ioana Vălean on prioritising transport safety during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Download the letter.

COVID-19: Huge drop in traffic in Europe,  but impact on road deaths unclear

COVID-19: Huge drop in traffic in Europe, but impact on road deaths unclear

Unprecedented reductions in traffic volumes have been reported across Europe since confinement measures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic took effect.  Early reports based on limited data show that road deaths have not been reduced to the same degree, and, in some areas, have stayed the same or risen.  It is too early to draw firm conclusions. Data analysis by Tom Tom, of a number of major European cities has shown traffic volumes reduced by between 70 and 85% in countries where confinement measures are […]

A third of killed vehicle occupants in the UK were not wearing seatbelts

A third of killed vehicle occupants in the UK were not wearing seatbelts

Almost a third (31%) of the people who died in vehicles in Great Britain in 2018 were not wearing a seatbelt, according to a report by PACTS, ETSC’s UK founding member, published last month. Seatbelts: Time for Action used data obtained from specialist Police Forensic Collision Investigators (PFCIs) by using the Freedom of Information Act.  The report is based on over 1,000 records obtained from PFCIs. It suggests that there were 261 deaths where a seat belt was legally required but not worn in […]

336 lives saved on French roads thanks to 80 km/h limits

336 lives saved on French roads thanks to 80 km/h limits

Emmanuel Barbe, the outgoing French road safety chief, says 336 deaths were prevented over the 18-month period since the introduction of a lower 80 km/h on single-carriageway rural roads in France. Mr Barbe also criticised the “shameful” vandalism that led to large numbers of speed cameras being put out of action by the yellow vest movement.  Without that damage, the figures for deaths prevented would have been higher, he said. An analysis report published last month by researchers at Cerema found that, thanks to […]

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