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New Spanish enforcement camera could check for mobile phone use and seatbelt wearing

New Spanish enforcement camera could check for mobile phone use and seatbelt wearing

The Spanish directorate-general for traffic (DGT)  is testing a new mobile speed camera that can detect speeding from up to 1km away, and can also detect mobile phone use and seatbelt wearing. The new mobile enforcement device, which could be approved and in use by the end of the year, would still only be able to apply a speeding penalty from 80-100m away under current rules.  

Pontevedra, Spain, wins the first EU urban road safety award

Pontevedra, Spain, wins the first EU urban road safety award

The European Commission has announced the winners of four sustainable mobility awards including the first ever prize for urban road safety, awarded to Pontevedra in Spain. Pontevedra has reduced road deaths consistently since 1999, impressively achieving zero road deaths between 2011 and 2018. A host of measures ensure that safety and sustainability go hand-in-hand. The city used a clear and careful monitoring strategy to identify which policies are effective and which need to be updated, resulting in increased active mobility, such as walking and […]

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 […]

EU Urban Safety Award Nominees announced

EU Urban Safety Award Nominees announced

The European Commission has announced the first ever Urban Road Safety Award nominees.  The awards will celebrate outstanding and innovative achievements by local authorities in the area of road safety. The finalists are: Jaworzno (Poland); Ordu (Turkey) and Pontevedra (Spain). The jury praised, in particular, Jaworzno’s action to reduce speed limits, increase the number of public transport users, and involve local residents in the design of renovated streets.  Ordu’s “courageous” decision to pedestrianise the busiest parts of the city, remove heavy car traffic from […]

13 February 2019: Identifying, Evaluating and Preventing Work-Related Road Safety Hazards, Oviedo

13 February 2019: Identifying, Evaluating and Preventing Work-Related Road Safety Hazards, Oviedo

 Instituto Asturiano de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales, Salón de actos, Avda. Cristo de las Cadenas 107, Oviedo 13 February 2019, 8.30 – 13.40 ETSC, Fundacion MAPFRE, and the Asturian Institute for Labor Risk Prevention held a seminar on work related road safety as part of the PRAISE Project. The seminar focused on success stories in relation to fleet and road-related risk management, and featured businesses and experts from across Europe. The full agenda is available to download here as a pdf (in Spanish). Speakers included: Myriam Hernández Fernández, […]

12 February 2019: Identifying, Evaluating and Preventing Work-Related Road Safety Hazards, Madrid

Fundación MAPFRE, Salón de actos, Paseo de Recoletos 23, Madrid 12 February 2019, 9.00 – 14.20 Fundacion MAPFRE, together with ETSC, held a seminar on work related road safety as part of the PRAISE Project. The seminar mainly focused on success stories in relation to fleet and road-related risk management, and featured businesses and experts from across Europe. Speakers included: Julio Domingo, Director of Prevention and Road Safety, Fundación MAPFRE. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director, ETSC Luc Soriau, Director General, ARVAL Francisco Javier Pinilla, Director General, National […]

Spain to lower urban and rural speed limits

Spain to lower urban and rural speed limits

The Spanish Minister of the Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska has announced that the country’s directorate general for road traffic is working on a plan to reduce urban speed limits to a default of 30 km/h and is also planning to lower the 100 km/h out of town limit. The plans, which also include new measures to improve the safety of vulnerable road users, were announced at an international conference organised by ETSC’s Spanish member the Mapfre Foundation. The minister said that the urban speed limit […]

Experts discuss ways to improve emergency response after road collisions

Experts discuss ways to improve emergency response after road collisions

ETSC gathered experts from several EU countries at an event in Madrid last month to discuss best practice in emergency response after road collisions. Access to collision sites, extraction techniques and the structure of emergency response systems were covered in an event that brought together emergency response specialists from Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Presentations and a summary of the event, part of ETSC’s REVIVE project, can be downloaded from the ETSC website.

7 November 2018 – REVIVE Round table, Spain

7 November 2018 – REVIVE Round table, Spain

The fourth REVIVE Round table focused on improving post-collision outcomes in Belgium, France, Italy,  the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. In the framework of the REVIVE Project, experts in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Rescue/Fire Service (RFS) and road safety from Belgium, France, Italy,  the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain met in Madrid on 7 November 2018. They discussed the way forward for improving post-collision response and emergency care across the EU. The meeting gathered representatives from health agencies, rescue services as well as researchers and other actors […]

Malta cuts drink-driving limit for novice drivers by 75%

Malta cuts drink-driving limit for novice drivers by 75%

The United Kingdom is now the last EU Member State with a general blood alcohol limit of 0.8g/l, following a decision by Malta to switch to 0.5g/l. Scotland lowered its drink-driving limit to 0.5g/l, in line with most of Europe, in 2014. The rest of the UK remains at 0.8 despite estimates for PACTS, ETSC’s UK member, that a move to 0.5 could save 25 deaths and 95 serious injuries every year. The new Maltese traffic regulations also set a 0.2g/l limit for drivers of […]

11 September 2018 – Fitting Safety as Standard, Madrid

11 September 2018 – Fitting Safety as Standard, Madrid

Fundación MAPFRE, the General Direction of Traffic and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) held a seminar “Fitting Safety As Standard” / “Hacia la seguridad de serie en todos los vehículos” in Madrid on 11 September 2018. On the 17 May 2018 the European Commission proposed a new set of mandatory vehicle safety standards for all vehicles sold in the European Union. These standards represent the most direct and effective measures the EU has to further reduce road deaths and injuries. 25,300 people lost their […]

Spain: bus alcohol interlock plan proposed as data show drink-driving checks down by a third

Spain: bus alcohol interlock plan proposed as data show drink-driving checks down by a third

The committee on sustainable mobility of the Spanish parliament has proposed legal changes to require the installation of alcohol interlocks in all passenger vehicles with more than nine seats. The legal proposal agreed in May is similar to one already passed in France.  It was an initiative of the PSOE party which took over the leadership of a minority government in June when Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party lost a vote of no-confidence. Earlier this year, Spanish media reported that police enforcement checks for drink-driving […]

17 May 2018 – Regulating Drug Driving to Protect all Road Users, Madrid

17 May 2018 – Regulating Drug Driving to Protect all Road Users, Madrid

17 May 2018, 09:30 – 14:00 Fundación MAPFRE Paseo de Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid, Spain The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and Fundación MAPFRE organised a seminar on drug driving on 17 May in Madrid, Spain. Knowledge of the road safety toll from driving under the influence of psychoactive drugs is growing. In Spain, 12% of drivers have admitted to have driven under the influence of drugs. The prevalence of illicit drugs amongst killed drivers has been estimated at around 8% in some European […]

Finland to double number of safety cameras as groups in Spain and the Netherlands call for more enforcement

Finland to double number of safety cameras as groups in Spain and the Netherlands call for more enforcement

Finnish police plan to install an additional 150 safety cameras over the next three years. Municipal officials are currently working with police to determine where to place the devices.  The addition of the new cameras will more than double the current stock of 130. Police also have plans to introduce 25 mobile safety camera vehicles.   The Finnish Transport Agency is preparing a list of proposed sites, the final locations will be based on road safety data.  New data for the first half of 2017 has shown that Finnish motorists are slowing down as a result of increased automated enforcement.   […]

5 October 2017 – Identifying, Evaluating and Preventing Work-Related Road Safety Hazards, Madrid

5 October 2017 – Identifying, Evaluating and Preventing Work-Related Road Safety Hazards, Madrid

MAPFRE Foundation, Assembly Hall, Paseo du Recoletos 23,  Madrid 5 October 2017, 9.00 – 13.45 Fundacion MAPFRE, together with ETSC, are holding a seminar on work related road safety as part of the PRAISE Project. The seminar will mainly focus on success stories in relation to fleet and road-related risk management, and will feature businesses and experts from across Europe. English-Spanish interpretation will be provided. For questions and more information, please email laurence.atchison@etsc.eu The full agenda can be viewed here here (in Spanish).    

ETSC on the lookout for fleet road safety champions

ETSC on the lookout for fleet road safety champions

If your organisation has a road safety programme, and results to prove it, you have until 1 September to apply for ETSC’s annual PRAISE Awards for work-related road safety. The competition is divided into three separate categories: SME (Small-Medium Enterprise), large company and public authority. ETSC is especially keen to promote the award to small organisations, who often struggle to balance the issue with other priorities. A survey by a French insurer recently showed that 80% of small and medium enterprises have no specific […]

Spain looking to apply zero tolerance alcohol limits for novice and professional drivers

Spain looking to apply zero tolerance alcohol limits for novice and professional drivers

The Spanish Director General of Traffic has announced new measures targeted at reducing drink driving. The plans, announced following a meeting of the government’s road safety committee in May, include cutting the drink drive limit for professional and novice drivers to zero and suspending the driving licenses of anyone caught drink driving twice in two years. Traffic victims groups said the measures do not go far enough, and that drivers ‘don’t care’ if they lose their driving license. They recommend confiscating vehicles from repeat […]

Netherlands and Spain advance autonomous vehicle plans

Netherlands and Spain advance autonomous vehicle plans

The Netherlands may soon allow testing of autonomous vehicles without a driver on board and the Spanish government is working on a strategic plan for driverless and connected vehicles. Autonomous car tests have been possible in the Netherlands since 2015, though a driver was required to be in the driving seat at all times. The new proposal from transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen is for cars to operate with a “remote driver”. Companies will have to apply for a special license which will […]

New Spanish safety cameras to detect seat belt use

New Spanish safety cameras to detect seat belt use

Spain has installed 225 new safety cameras this month that can detect whether or not drivers are wearing a seat belt. The cameras are being installed at high-risk sites and areas with high traffic concentration. For the first two months after the launch, drivers pictured without a seat belt will be sent a warning letter. After that, fines of EUR 200 will be issued along with the loss of three driving license points. According to official figures for 2015, 22% of deaths on inter-urban […]

60% of Spanish young people admit to riding in a car with a drink driver

60% of Spanish young people admit to riding in a car with a drink driver

A report by the Spanish Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction (FAD) and the Mapfre Foundation has concluded that in the previous six months nearly 64% of people aged between 16 and 30 had travelled in a car driven by someone who had drunk “substantial” alcohol. 32% said the same with regard to travelling with drivers who had consumed marijuana. The study concludes that the highest risk group of youngsters is male with more than five years of driving experience. However, Maria Segui, head […]

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