Urban mobility

Czech urban safety index launches

Czech urban safety index launches

ETSC’s Czech member CDV has launched an index of road safety in major cities in the Czech Republic, in association with Generali, an insurer. The online database includes information on 13 major cities and 206 municipalities across the country and enables users to rank based on a safety index.  The index value is calculated based on the ratio of serious and fatal collisions to the total number of collisions.  A […]

Higher fines for SUV-drivers in Frankfurt

Higher fines for SUV-drivers in Frankfurt

A court in Frankfurt has imposed a higher fine than normal on an SUV-driver for jumping a red light, with the justification that pedestrians using the intersection were at a greater risk from the vehicle. The “box-like design and increased front end due to the greater ground clearance” led to a higher risk of injuring other road users, the court said. The standard rate for the fine was 200 euros, […]

15 June 2022 – The 2022 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Conference

Wednesday 15 June 2022 – 10.00-12.30 CEST At this year’s PIN conference we assessed how improving road safety can help countries reach the 2030 target to cut road deaths and serious injuries by 50%. We presented the 2022 PIN Award to Lithuania, a country that made outstanding progress on improving road safety over the last ten years. Download the agenda here. Watch the event recording on YouTube.  Part 1 | […]

European Commission and IEA call for lower speeds on highways

European Commission and IEA call for lower speeds on highways

The International Energy Agency and the European Commission have outlined a range of simple steps that people can take to reduce their energy use and save money, and that would save enough oil to fill 120 super tankers and enough natural gas to heat almost 20 million homes if adopted by all EU citizens.  The measures include the suggestion to reduce highway speeds, and to walk and cycle or take […]

Rethymno in Greece is the winner of the EU Urban Road Safety Award

The winners of the annual European Mobility Week Awards, the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning Award and the EU Urban Road Safety Award were crowned earlier this week at a ceremony in Brussels.  The Urban Road Safety Award was won by Rethymno in Greece.  The jury commented that it was impressed by, “Rethymno’s inclusive approach to road safety, which targets three main pillars: upgrading the public transport system, increasing and encouraging […]

100 German cities want the right to set 30 km/h limits

100 German cities want the right to set 30 km/h limits

An initiative in Germany to push for local government powers to set 30 km/h limits has signed-up its 100th city.   The “Lebenswerte Städte durch angemessene Geschwindigkeiten” campaign, which can be roughly translated as “Liveable cities need reasonable speeds”, is calling on the federal government to change the law in order to let local authorities introduce 30 km/h speed limits more easily.  The current road traffic law sets narrow limits for […]

Opinion: Lower speed limits are a triple win for reducing dependence on Russian oil, emissions and road injury.

Opinion: Lower speed limits are a triple win for reducing dependence on Russian oil, emissions and road injury.

A letter published in today’s edition of the Financial Times: The move by the EU to phase out imports of Russian oil by 2027 is a welcome development in light of the barbaric invasion of Ukraine (“EU plans emergency measures to control surging energy bills”, Report, March 12). Urgent action is needed. We would like to recommend a measure that could be taken quickly and relatively simply to significantly cut […]

European Commission pushes for more active travel, public transport and road safety in cities

European Commission pushes for more active travel, public transport and road safety in cities

A new ‘urban policy initiative’ from the European Commission will seek to encourage towns and cities in the EU to move towards a more sustainable balance of transport modes, encouraging walking, cycling and public transport and with better monitoring of modal split as well as road injuries and deaths.  ETSC welcomes these intentions but questions whether enough is being done at EU level to help cut road deaths and injuries […]

New rules on major EU roads should improve infrastructure safety

New rules on major EU roads should improve infrastructure safety

The European Commission has proposed new rules governing the Trans-European Transport (TEN-T) networks, which include the major roads and motorways that crisscross the continent. The major piece of legislation, which covers many aspects of rail, air, maritime and road transport in the EU, also touches on road safety in a number of areas. One update is to ensure so-called TEN-T roads meet the standards for safety set out in the […]

Delivery drivers and riders could gain better health and safety protection under EU proposals

Delivery drivers and riders could gain better health and safety protection under EU proposals

The European Commission wants labour regulations in future to be based on the assumption that workers for online ‘digital platforms’ are employees, and are not ‘falsely misclassified’ as self-employed, according to new proposals published this month. This could result in millions of workers for so-called gig economy platforms such as Uber and Deliveroo receiving the same guarantees as employees on health and safety, sick pay and working hours, with knock-on […]

Paris moves to 30 km/h across the city, as Brussels hails safety gains

Paris moves to 30 km/h across the city, as Brussels hails safety gains

The French capital has introduced Europe’s largest 30 km/h zone, covering the entire city for the first time with the exception of several main roads, such as the Champs Elysée and the main ring road. 30 km/h limits already covered two thirds of the city, but the zone has now been extended in a further bid to reduce collisions, noise and pollution.  The southern city of Montpellier also introduced a […]

European Commission seeks feedback on driving licence rules and urban mobility

European Commission seeks feedback on driving licence rules and urban mobility

The European Commission has launched public consultations on two road safety-linked issues. The first consultation looks at current EU rules on driver licensing, ahead of an update to the legislation scheduled for next year. Relevant issues could include medical fitness to drive, and the need for graduated licenses for young and novice drivers. The second has been launched in preparation for a new EU urban mobility strategy, which ETSC hopes […]

Is car no longer king in Berlin?

Is car no longer king in Berlin?

A new “pedestrian law” has been passed in Berlin, with the aim of shifting the priority away from cars, and further towards vulnerable road users. At the end of January, Berlin’s state parliament passed a so-called pedestrian law — an amendment to a 2018 law that focused on improving traffic safety for cyclists. Both were the first of their kind in Germany, according to DW – a German news broadcaster. […]

ETSC’s priorities for the Portuguese presidency of the EU

ETSC’s priorities for the Portuguese presidency of the EU

Portugal took over the EU Presidency on 1 January 2021 as the EU continues to grapple with the Covid-19 crisis, which has brought additional challenges for transport and mobility policies.  In a new briefing, ETSC has outlined its recommendations on the key EU road safety policy dossiers to be steered by the Portuguese Presidency over the next six months. The issues covered include the new sustainable and smart mobility strategy, […]

European Commission announces major package of transport safety initiatives

European Commission announces major package of transport safety initiatives

Updated rules on cross-border enforcement of traffic offences, vehicle roadworthiness, automated vehicles, and driving licenses and a proposal to add eCall automated emergency calling devices to motorcycles, trucks and buses are among a major package of new legislative measures for the transport sector announced by the European Commission last week. The new Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy follows the pattern of recent years of bundling up an array of new […]

New ITF report on urban road safety best practice

New ITF report on urban road safety best practice

A new report from the OECD’s International Transport Forum (ITF) presents seven case studies of cities that are implementing data-driven road safety policies. It highlights relevant experiences aimed at reducing the number of traffic casualties and protecting vulnerable road users in cities. The case studies from Barcelona, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Fortaleza, London, New York and Rotterdam illustrate the diverse approaches to better understand road crashes and to prevent road traffic […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU? (PIN Flash 39)

How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU? (PIN Flash 39)

Since the last ETSC PIN report looking at the safety of goods and passenger transport was published in 2013, the transport sector has continued to evolve. Just-in-time delivery in many industries; next-day delivery of single items from online shops; clothes bought, tried on and then returned; supermarket home delivery – in the background of all these services is an international network of transport that ends with goods vehicles crisscrossing countries, […]

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 […]

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