Road Safety

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 […]

3 May 2019, Speed: how to tackle the most important factor in road collisions? Tallinn

Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium, Suur-Ameerika 1, 10129 Tallinn, Eesti Reede, 3. mai 2019 kl 09.00 – 13.30 Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium, Maanteeamet ja Euroopa Transpordiohutuse Nõukogu (ETSC) korraldavad koostöös arutelu (PIN Talk) “Kiirus: kuidas vähendada liiklusõnnetuste suurimat riskifaktorit?” Üritusel jagavad rahvusvahelised eksperdid oma riikide kogemusi sõidukiiruste teemal. Toimub kõrgetasemeline diskussioonipaneel, kus arutatakse sõidukiiruste määramise parendamist Eestis. Arutelu toob kokku riigiametnikud, liiklusohutuse eksperdid, teadlased, vabaühendused ja autotööstuse esindajad. Päevakorra allalaadimiseks vajutage siia. Registreerimine on tasuta, kuid kohtade arv on limiteeritud. Registreerimine lõpeb 26. aprillil 2019. Turvakaalutlustel peavad […]

ETSC comments on publication of 2018 EU road death figures

ETSC comments on publication of 2018 EU road death figures

The European Commission has published the 2018 figures for road deaths and serious injuries in the European Union. Commenting on the new figures, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said: “It’s very disappointing that road deaths in the EU hardly declined in 2018.  This is now the fifth year in a row that hardly any progress has been made.  However there are reasons to be optimistic for the future. “In recent weeks, the EU has finalised two important pieces […]

MEPs back life-saving vehicle safety standards in key vote

MEPs back life-saving vehicle safety standards in key vote

A key committee of MEPs has given the green light for a range of new mandatory vehicle safety standards that could apply to new vehicle models within three years. The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) welcomes the result of the vote but warns that time is running out for a final deal on the legislation before European Parliamentary elections in May. Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) voted today to approve a range of new vehicle safety […]

Road Safety Priorities for the EU 2020-2030: Briefing for the European Parliamentary Elections

Road Safety Priorities for the EU 2020-2030: Briefing for the European Parliamentary Elections

In May 2018, the Commission published a Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety that includes a new long-term target to halve road deaths by 2030 as well as, for the first time, a target to reduce serious injuries by the same amount. The EU must implement this new policy framework so that it ensures both the highest practicable level of safety and a fair distribution of safety across the European Union. Building political commitment and leadership at the highest level are prerequisites for preventing […]

Opinion: A royal crash, and why we need a safe system approach to road safety

Opinion: A royal crash, and why we need a safe system approach to road safety

Antonio Avenoso Executive Director, European Transport Safety Council Road collisions, especially those without death or serious injury, rarely make for global news headlines.  Except of course when a member of the British royal family is involved. Commentators have been quick to place the blame for last week’s collision involving the Duke of Edinburgh’s SUV and a Kia Carens MPV.  The culprits include an elderly driver, speed limits that were too high and glare caused by the sun. An in-depth crash investigation by a professional […]

14 Décembre 2018, Vision zéro : les collectivités locales au coeur du dispositif, Paris

14 Décembre 2018, Vision zéro : les collectivités locales au coeur du dispositif, Paris

14 Décembre 2018, 26 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris La délégation à la Sécurité routière, l’association Prévention Routière (aPR) et le Conseil européen de la Sécurité des Transports (ETSC) ont le plaisir de vous inviter à un débat intitulé « Vision zéro : les collectivités locales au cœur du dispositif », vendredi 14 décembre 2018 de 9h00 à 12h30. Le débat aura lieu à la Fédération Française de l’Assurance, 26 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris. Parmi les intervenants : Emmanuel Barbe, Délégué Interministériel à la Sécurité Routière Matthew […]

13 December 2018 – SMART policies for tackling drink driving, Bucharest

European Commission Representation, 31 Vasile Lascar St, Bucharest   Reprezentanța Comisiei Europene, Str. Vasile Lascăr nr. 31, București    13 December 2018, 9:00-13:00 13 Decembrie 2018, 9:00-13:00 In the framework of the SMART (Sober Mobility Across Road Transport) project, the Romanian Traffic Police and the European Transport Safety Council organised an international conference on tackling drink-driving on the 13th of December in Bucharest. În cadrul proiectului SMART (Sober Mobility Across Road Transport), Poliția Română – Direcția Rutieră și Consiliul European pentru Siguranța Transporturilor (ETSC) au […]

11 December 2018, Safer vehicles, saving lives, Rome

11 December 2018, 09.00 – 13.30 Venue: Automobile Club d’Italia, Via Marsala 8, 00185 Rome, Italy The Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI) and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) had the pleasure to host the PIN Talk event “Safer vehicles, saving lives” in Rome on 11 December 2018. The event featured a high level panel debate on vehicle contribution in saving lives. The PIN Talk brought together government officials, road safety experts, researchers, NGOs and representatives of the automobile industry. Agenda EN Agenda IT Presentations […]

New WHO report highlights insufficient progress to tackle lack of safety on the world’s roads

New WHO report highlights insufficient progress to tackle lack of safety on the world’s roads

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that road traffic deaths continue to rise, and now stand at an annual 1.35 million fatalities. The WHO Global status report on road safety 2018 says road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of children and young people aged 5-29 years. “These deaths are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “There is no excuse for inaction. This is a problem with proven solutions. This […]

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