Road Safety

MEPs back 2030 EU road safety plans

MEPs back 2030 EU road safety plans

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to back a document setting out the institution’s views on the EU road safety strategy for the next ten years. The Parliament’s report follows the publication of the European Commission’s ten year road safety plan published back in June 2019, and an outline of planned legislative measures announced in the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy published in December last year. MEPs have endorsed the overall EU strategy, with the headline targets to cut serious injuries and deaths by 50% by […]

European Parliament transport committee backs 2030 road safety programme

European Parliament transport committee backs 2030 road safety programme

MEPs on the European Parliament’s transport committee have voted through a document setting out the institution’s views on the EU road safety strategy for the next ten years. The Parliament’s ‘own initiative   follows the publication of the European Commission’s ten year road safety plan published back in June 2019, and an outline of planned legislative measures announced in the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy published in December last year. Overall strategy MEPs have endorsed the overall EU strategy, with the headline targets to cut serious injuries […]

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    

Road Safety Priorities for the EU: Briefing to Members of the European Parliament

Road Safety Priorities for the EU: Briefing to Members of the European Parliament

In this briefing, ETSC outlines its recommendations to MEPs on what can be done to reach the new 2030 road safety targets, as input to the European Parliament’s Own Initiative Report on Road Safety.

Belgian-UK study: positive messages encourage safer driver behaviour more than fear tactics

Belgian-UK study: positive messages encourage safer driver behaviour more than fear tactics

A new study has shown that films demonstrating responsible behaviour could lead to young drivers taking fewer risks on the road than if they only saw videos aimed at provoking fear of accidents. Over one million people are killed in road accidents each year and drivers below the age of 25 account for nearly half of road deaths. Dr Yaniv Hanoch, Associate Professor of Risk Management at the University of Southampton, said: “Governments around the world have adopted a plethora of interventions aimed at […]

14 December 2020 – Online Event – How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU?

14 December 2020 – Online Event – How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU?

14 December 2020 – Online Event – How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU? 14:00-15:45 CET – Zoom Webinar Platform This online PIN Talk focused on the safety of goods vehicles in the EU, looking at goods vehicle safety but also the safety of goods vehicle drivers and all other road users. The agenda can be found here. Following welcome addresses from Ellen Townsend, ETSC, and Tjark Kreuzinger, Toyota Motor Europe, there were be presentations on: Findings of the PIN […]

14 October 2020 – What it takes to deliver safer cycling and walking in European cities – online event

Online event Wednesday, 14 October, 10:00-12:00 CEST  – This online event focussed on the safety of cyclists and pedestrians and look at what is being done in both Brussels and Oslo to protect our most vulnerable road users. The agenda is available here. Presentations: How Safe is Walking and Cycling in the EU – Jenny Carson, ETSC The work of the European Commission in promoting safe walking and cycling in the EU – Matthew Baldwin, European Commission Oslo: On the way to Vision Zero – Ida Kongsrud […]

Opinion: Back to school wearing masks, so how about some more protected bike lanes?

Opinion: Back to school wearing masks, so how about some more protected bike lanes?

Ellen Townsend, Policy Director After the extraordinary period of lockdown, and an unprecedented 36% drop in road deaths in the EU,  extraordinary measures are now being taken to get society and the economy back to normal, or rather, a new kind of normal.   Cinemas and theatres are starting to reopen, with lots of empty seats to maintain social distancing.  In Brussels, as I write this, it is now mandatory to wear a mask when outside, unless you are involved in a sporting activity.  It […]

Editorial: Amid this shocking crisis there is an opportunity to transform road safety

Editorial: Amid this shocking crisis there is an opportunity to transform road safety

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director It is the best of times, it is the worst of times… Last month I watched with horror, fear and dismay at the reports from Italy, my home country, where deaths from COVID-19 every few days were the equivalent of the country’s annual road deaths.  The emergency care system was overwhelmed, there was a terrible shortage of protective equipment and, worst of all, so many families were devastated and unable even to mourn their loss together.  The economic costs?  Impossible […]

MEPs demand action on road safety at first plenary debate with new Transport Commissioner

MEPs demand action on road safety at first plenary debate with new Transport Commissioner

Adina Vălean, the European Commissioner for transport underlined the importance of the Safe System approach and recommitted to the new 2030 target to halve road deaths in the EU as she faced MEPs on the topic of road safety for the first time since her official confirmation. At the first plenary debate on road safety of the current parliamentary session, in Strasbourg on 13 February, a number of MEPs challenged the Commissioner to bring forward measures to address several key challenges. Róża Thun of […]

Poland to end 60 km/h night-time urban speed limit

Poland to end 60 km/h night-time urban speed limit

The Prime Minister of Poland has announced that the country’s anomalous night-time 60 km/h speed limits in urban areas will soon be scrapped, as part of a new package of road safety measures. Poland is the only country in Europe with different speed limits in urban areas during the day and at night.  The speed limit will be changed to 50 km/h at all times. Hungary, which reduced its urban speed limit from 60 to 50 km/h in 1993, saw a reduction in mean […]

12 November 2019, Tackling van road risk – how to make last kilometres safe? Madrid

12 November 2019, Tackling van road risk – how to make last kilometres safe? Madrid

PIN Talk: Tackling van road risk – How to make last kilometres safe? Directorate General for Traffic, Sala Rosa de Lima, Calle Josefa Valcarcel 44, 28027 Madrid Tuesday, 12 November, 09.15 – 14.30 Directorate General for Traffic, the Mapfre Foundation and the ETSC held a PIN Talk in Madrid. During the event, national and international experts shared their experience in improving van safety.  The event featured two panel debates: how to improve road safety for van drivers and how light freight transport impacts road […]

Poland: Prime Minister promises boost for road safety

Poland: Prime Minister promises boost for road safety

The Polish Prime Minister has promised to make road safety a priority.  In a Facebook post on 29 October Mateusz Morawiecki said “A comprehensive plan for the radical improvement of road safety will be one of the government’s priorities in the new term.” Road safety protests were sparked in Warsaw last month after a fatal collision between a BMW car – reportedly being driven at 130 km/h on a road where the speed limit was 50 km/h – and a man pushing a baby […]

ETSC responds to European Commission’s new ten-year road safety strategy

ETSC responds to European Commission’s new ten-year road safety strategy

ETSC has welcomed a number of aspects of the EU’s ten-year action plan on road safety, published in June. But ETSC also suggests, in a briefing published earlier this month, that a number of areas will require bolder action in order to reach the ambitious targets set out in the Commission’s plan. The ETSC report highlights the following elements of the Commission’s proposals that are particularly welcome: A new target to halve road deaths between 2020 and 2030 as well as, for the first […]

Briefing: EU Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety

Briefing: EU Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety

In June 2019, the European Commission adopted the EU Road Safety Policy Framework 2021-2030,[1] outlining specific policy measures planned for 2021-2030 and developing on the EU Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety published in May 2018.[2]  This briefing reflects ETSC’s first assessment of these initiatives with suggestions for further development and implementation. This document refers mainly to the measures addressed by the European Commission in these latest documents.  An earlier ETSC briefing, published in February 2018 as input to the Commission’s preparatory process, contains […]

9 October 2019 – EU Road Safety Exchange – Launch Event

9 October 2019, 11:00-16:30 Thon EU Hotel, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Bruxelles Reducing the road safety performance gap between EU Member States and offering high levels of safety on all European roads is one of the most important objectives of the European Commission in the area of transport. The EU Road Safety Exchange project wants to help reduce this gap through the exchange of knowledge and experience on effective road safety measures. The project will develop partnerships between road safety professionals in […]

Road Safety Priorities for the EU 2020-2030: Briefing for the new European Parliament

Road Safety Priorities for the EU 2020-2030: Briefing for the new European Parliament

Europe is in need of strong leadership and action on road safety. Since 2010, the average annual progress in reducing the number of road deaths in the EU has been 2.8%, equivalent to a 21% reduction between 2010 and 2018. Most of that progress was made in 2011, 2012 and 2013. A 6.7% year-to-year reduction was needed over the 2010-2020 period to reach the 2020 target through consistent annual progress. Since 2013, the EU as a whole has been struggling to reach a breakthrough. […]

19 June 2019, Safer Roads, Safer Cities – The 2019 Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Conference, Brussels

Norway House, Rue Archimède 17, 1000 Brussels Wednesday, 19 June 2019, 11.00-17.00 The 13th ETSC’s annual Road Safety PIN conference took place on 19 June 2019 in Brussels. During the event we presented the latest road safety figures and identified actions needed to accelerate road safety progress. A high level representative on behalf of their country received the PIN award for achievements in road safety. We also presented the outcomes of two reports on tackling speeding on European roads and improving urban road safety […]

13 June 2019 – International Best Practice in Road Safety Strategy Development, Dublin

13 June 2019 – International Best Practice in Road Safety Strategy Development, Dublin

The European Transport Safety Council and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) are pleased to invite you to the RSA’s annual conference which will take place in The Printworks Event Centre, Dublin Castle, Ireland on Thursday, 13 June 2019. This year’s conference will look at international developments and the benefits of a strategic approach to road safety. The speakers will share their expertise and experiences in the development of best practice in road safety strategy formulation and performance measures. The speakers, from Ireland and around […]

10 Mai 2019, Réglementer la conduite sous emprise de stupéfiants pour la protection de tous les usagers de la route, Paris

10 Mai 2019, 09:00-13:30 Auditorium – Fédération Française de l’Assurance 26 Boulevard Haussmann 75009, Paris L’association Prévention Routière (aPR) et le Conseil Européen de la Sécurité des Transports (ETSC) ont eu le plaisir d’organiser un séminaire consacré à la conduite sous l’influence de stupéfiants le 10 Mai à Paris. Au cours du séminaire, une vue d’ensemble de l’état actuel de la conduite sous l’emprise de stupéfiants en France et dans l’Union Européenne a été présentée. Des experts des Pays-Bas, de Belgique et du Canada […]

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