Work-related road safety

How will the future UK-EU relationship impact road safety?

How will the future UK-EU relationship impact road safety?

The transition period is over and a deal has been done.  What will the implications be for road safety regulation and cooperation now that the UK has left the EU and a new trade deal has been signed? The biggest changes are where no agreement was reached and/or EU rules no longer apply to the UK. The EU legislation on cross-border enforcement of traffic offences no longer applies, meaning the UK is not able to easily follow-up on traffic penalties such as speeding tickets […]

UK government will only buy five star Euro NCAP-rated cars

UK government will only buy five star Euro NCAP-rated cars

New mandatory public procurement guidelines issued by the UK government require central government departments and their related organisations to purchase vehicles with a minimum of a valid five star Euro NCAP safety rating. The welcome move is the first European national government-wide procurement policy that ETSC is aware of that requires the five star rating.  A 2017 ETSC report on work-related road safety highlighted the examples of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency and the Swedish Transport Administration who both set the five-star standard for […]

Spain to reduce drink-driving limits further

Spain to reduce drink-driving limits further

The Spanish government is planning to lower the drink-driving limit for professional and novice drivers to 0.2 g/l – down from 0.3 g/l. The move would bring Spain into line with several other countries – as it is currently the only country with a 0.3 g/l limit for any class of driver.  In Europe, novice and professional drivers are often subject to lower limits than other drivers – and many countries have zero tolerance for these groups, or for all drivers.   https://etsc.eu/blood-alcohol-content-bac-drink-driving-limits-across-europe/

UK position on driving hours and digital tachographs criticised

UK position on driving hours and digital tachographs criticised

The EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has criticised the UK government for refusing to accept EU rules on working time and digital tachographs for UK lorries driving in EU Member States.   He was speaking following the latest Brexit negotiations round earlier this month.  Mr Barnier said allowing UK drivers to follow different rules would undermine the single market and be unfair to EU Member States.  He underlined that the rules were important for road safety.

Exploitative conditions for lorry drivers during lockdown revealed by union investigation

Exploitative conditions for lorry drivers during lockdown revealed by union investigation

Some road transport companies have taken advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to further exploit truck drivers, degrade working conditions, health and safety across Europe, an investigation by a coalition of union organisations including ITF, the international road transport workers union, has found.    The investigation revealed that transport companies are, in particular, exploiting the lack of checks and controls by enforcement authorities during the pandemic. A number of the concerning findings of the report directly impact on road safety including:  Drivers being forced to rest, […]

Van drivers on international routes will need tachographs under EU deal on driving and resting times

Van drivers on international routes will need tachographs under EU deal on driving and resting times

International transport operators using light goods vehicles of over 2.5 t will be subject to EU rules for driving and resting times, and their vehicles will need to be fitted with tachographs, according to a provisional EU deal on updated transport regulations. Currently only heavy goods vehicle and coach drivers are required to use tachographs and respect strict limits on driving and resting times.  The change marks the first time the rules will apply to some van drivers – something ETSC has long called […]

Regulator says Uber’s license to operate taxis in London will be withdrawn on safety grounds

Regulator says Uber’s license to operate taxis in London will be withdrawn on safety grounds

Transport for London (TfL) has said it will not grant Uber a new taxi operator’s licence which could lead to the service being suspended. TfL said it had identified a “pattern of failures” by the company including several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk. Despite Uber having addressed some of these issues, TfL said it does not have confidence that similar issues will not reoccur in the future, which has led it to conclude that the company is not “fit and […]

Infographic: Fitness to Drive

Infographic: Fitness to Drive

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Infographic: Driving for Work: Using Telematics in Professional Vehicle Fleets

Infographic: Driving for Work: Using Telematics in Professional Vehicle Fleets

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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 […]

Infographic: Driving for Work: Managing Speed

Infographic: Driving for Work: Managing Speed

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31 January 2019 – Driving for Work – Risk Management, Dublin

31 January 2019 – Driving for Work – Risk Management, Dublin

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin The Road Safety Authority, the Health and Safety Authority, An Garda Síochána and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) have the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on work-related road safety, to be held in Dublin on 31 January. Registration opens at 8.45.  The seminar will start at 9.00, finishing at 13.00 followed by a light lunch. On the agenda will be topics to help Irish employers in their day-to-day fleet and work related […]

EU Member States give a mixed response to road safety proposals

EU Member States give a mixed response to road safety proposals

Industry and transport ministers from the 28 EU Member States have set out their official responses to three key pieces of road safety legislation.  ETSC welcomed the position of the Council of the EU on new vehicle safety measures but is worried that new rules on road infrastructure safety management and revised professional driver working hour regulations will be weakened unless the European Parliament argues successfully for a stronger position in upcoming negotiations. ETSC warmly welcomed the endorsement by EU ministers of industry of a new […]

Gig economy workers face “perfect storm” of risk factors

Gig economy workers face “perfect storm” of risk factors

A study of safety issues and worker rights in the so-called gig economy has warned that workers paid per delivery are being incentivised to drive in adverse weather conditions and late at night while being penalised when packages are late or cannot be delivered due to sickness. The research, co-authored by Heather Ward of University College London (and co-chair of ETSC’s Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme), was presented earlier this month at the ETSC PRAISE conference on work-related road safety. Speaking at the […]

17 October 2018 – European Conference on Work-Related Road Safety, Brussels

17 October 2018 – European Conference on Work-Related Road Safety, Brussels

Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees Wednesday 17th October 2018, 09:30 -15:00 Renaissance Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) held the 8th Annual European PRAISE Conference on work-related road safety in Brussels on 17 October 2018. Using the roads is a necessary part of our working lives. But it’s an ordinary activity that leads to an incredibly high level of injury and death. It is estimated that in Europe six out of ten work accidents […]

ETSC announces 2018 fleet safety award winners

ETSC announces 2018 fleet safety award winners

ETSC has announced the 2018 winners of the PRAISE awards, in recognition of outstanding efforts taken by companies to improve road safety at work. The large company award goes to CTT, the Portuguese postal services company.  In the same category, FM Conway, the UK-based infrastructure services company was highly commended. The award for a public authority this year is awarded to STIB-MIVB, the Brussels public transport company. The winners will be honoured at a conference and award ceremony to be held in Brussels today […]

Using Telematics in Professional Fleet Vehicles

Using Telematics in Professional Fleet Vehicles

A report into the effectiveness of telematics systems for improving road safety.

23 May 2018 – Preventing road accidents and injuries for the safety of employees, Birmingham UK

23 May 2018 – Preventing road accidents and injuries for the safety of employees, Birmingham UK

23 May 2018, 0930-1500 Crowne Plaza NEC Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT, UK The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and MiX Telematics organised a seminar on preventing road risk for employees, as part of the ETSC’s PRAISE project. The PRAISE project, “Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees”, addresses road safety risks in the work context. The project was co-funded by the European Commission, and is now supported by the Fundación MAPFRE, the German Road Safety Council (DVR), the Dräger […]

Transport ministers sign-off on new lorry and bus driver training rules

Transport ministers sign-off on new lorry and bus driver training rules

EU Transport Ministers have formally agreed on new rules governing driver licensing and additional professional training for lorry and bus drivers. Ministers voted in April to approve a deal reached with negotiators from the European Parliament in December last year.  Ahead of the December negotiations, ETSC had expressed concerns about a proposed amendment from the European Parliament that could have severely weakened the scope of the rules.  Fortunately, the negotiators agreed on new language that limited a potentially far-reaching exemption for additional training. The […]

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