Young people

25 May 2018 – YEARS Country Seminar Lisbon

25 May 2018 – YEARS Country Seminar Lisbon

The Portuguese Road Safety Association (PRP) and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) are organising the YEARS national event in Lisbon to debate on the dangers and policy recommendations for young road users in the European Union on the 25th of May in Lisbon. The event will be the occasion to learn about good practices and effective measures adopted across Europe which will be presented by Road Safety experts from different EU countries. This conference welcomes road safety professionals and those interested in the field […]

New EU vehicle safety standards essential to reducing child road deaths

New EU vehicle safety standards essential to reducing child road deaths

More than 8,000 children aged 0-14 years have been killed in road traffic collisions over the last ten years in the European Union, new data show. Half of the children killed were travelling in cars, a third were walking and 13% were cycling, according to a report published today by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). One in every 13 child deaths in the European Union occurs as a result of a road collision. The European Commission is expected to announce a long-overdue update […]

Reducing child deaths on European roads (PIN Flash 34)

Reducing child deaths on European roads (PIN Flash 34)

Every day in the European Union, more than thirty children are seriously injured and two are killed in road traffic collisions. More than 8,100 have died over the last decade. The impact of these deaths and life-changing injuries on families and communities is immeasurable. But they also carry an economic cost, which diverts resources that could have been used for education, improving health or other social goods. Children are particularly vulnerable road users. They lack experience and are less visible to other road users […]

Antwerp to trial lorry ban at beginning and end of school day

Antwerp to trial lorry ban at beginning and end of school day

The Belgian city of Antwerp has announced a trial of restrictions on heavy goods vehicles in two areas during the early morning and afternoon on school days. Lorries will be prohibited from circulating between 7.30 and 9.00 and between 15.00 and 17.00 when children are travelling to and from school. The Flemish pedestrians organisation Voetgangers Beweging has welcomed the announcement, describing the measure as a ‘Christmas gift to the children of Antwerp’ and called for expansion of the scheme across Flanders.

1 December 2017 – How to improve young road user and cyclist safety, Zagreb

1 December 2017, 9.30-15.00  Ministry of the Interior, Ilica 335, Zagreb The Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and the European Transport Safety Council held a high level Road Safety Performance Index debate. Government representatives, local authorities, police, researchers, NGOs and other stakeholders were invited to discuss priority measures and actions to improve young road user and cyclist safety in Croatia. Experts from Austria and the Netherlands shared their experience in improving young road user and cyclist safety. Download the […]

Consumer organisation calls for revised child cycle helmet standards

Consumer organisation calls for revised child cycle helmet standards

The Belgian consumer organisation Test-Achats/Test-Aankoop has called for tougher safety standards for children’s cycle helmets after it found large differences in the ability of current models to protect against brain injury. The organisation commissioned the University of Strasbourg to test twelve child cycle helmets using a digital model of the human head to simulate the protection offered. Price offered no indication of performance, as an €80 model was outperformed by one selling for €10.  The best model tested carried a 30% risk of brain […]

25 October 2017 – European Traffic Education Seminar 2017

Mechelen, Belgium To sufficiently equip young road users to become safe road users, education remains of chief importance. This is especially true for secondary school pupils (aged 12 – 18) as they start to travel independently and have to deal with more complex traffic situations, either as pedestrians, cyclists or moped riders. The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV) therefore held an European Traffic Education Seminar on 25 October in Mechelen, Belgium. The seminar featured presentations on […]

12 June 2017 – YEARS Country Seminar Athens

12 June 2017 – YEARS Country Seminar Athens

The Road Safety Institute Panos Mylonas and the European Transport Safety Council organised a country seminar in Athens to debate policy recommendations for young road users on the European and national level. Download the final agenda here. RSI Panos Mylonas press release Presentations Vassiliki Danelli Mylona – RSI Panos Mylonas Antonio Avenoso – ETSC Panagiotis Papantoniou – Athens Technical University Thomas Kakadiaris – Greek Motorcycle Federation Lena Plaiti – Axa Insurance Jacqueline Lacroix – German Road Safety Council Liesje Pauwels – Belgian Road Safety Institute

ETSC outlines ways of reducing deaths in single motor vehicle collisions

ETSC outlines ways of reducing deaths in single motor vehicle collisions

A third of road deaths in the EU happen in collisions that involve a single motorised vehicle where the driver/rider and/or passengers are killed but no other road users are involved. These Single Vehicle Collisions (SVCs), and how to prevent them occurring, are the subject of a new report from ETSC, published today. Nearly 7300 road users lost their lives in 2015 in SVCs in the EU with around 100,000 such deaths occurring over the last ten years according to the data revealed in […]

Targeted safety measures needed to prevent road deaths among young drivers

Targeted safety measures needed to prevent road deaths among young drivers

Zero tolerance on drink driving, additional hazard perception training and graduated driver licensing schemes should become the norm in order to help tackle the disproportionate risks faced by young drivers and motorcycle riders in Europe, according to a new report. Over 3800 young people (aged 18-24) are killed each year on EU roads, the biggest single cause of death for this age group.  According to the report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the UK Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), […]

Reducing casualties involving young drivers and riders in Europe

Reducing casualties involving young drivers and riders in Europe

Young drivers and riders aged 15-25 are more likely to be killed on Europe’s roads than their older counterparts, despite continued improvements in road safety. Road collisions remain one of the highest external causes of death for young people. The risks are especially high for young males and for young riders. This high collision risk is caused by a combination of factors. Biological and social changes between the ages of 15-25 affect the risk perception of young people and lead to an increase in […]

21 November 2016 – YEARS country seminar, Barcelona

21 November 2016 – YEARS country seminar, Barcelona

The Catalan Traffic Service and the European Transport Safety Council organised the first YEARS National event in Barcelona to debate on the dangers and policy recommendations for young road users in the European Union. Good practice and effective measures adopted by EU Member States were promoted and disseminated during the national conference in order to raise awareness among stakeholders and spur on national administrations to take action and reduce the number of young people killed on the roads. Download the agenda (in English) Download the agenda (in Spanish) Presentations […]

24 – 28 October 2016: YEARS CAMP, Brussels

24 – 28 October 2016: YEARS CAMP, Brussels

The YEARS Camp was held in Brussels from the 24th to the 28th of October. 11 groups of students from France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia were selected to participate at the YEARS competition and the one-week training with road safety experts. Each group has committed to carry out a local road safety campaign through the identification of a high risk site and a proposed low-cost solution to be submitted to the local authorities in order to have it implemented within one year. The […]

More than half of drivers go more than 10km/h too fast in 30 km/h school zones

More than half of drivers go more than 10km/h too fast in 30 km/h school zones

An investigation by the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI) has found that 90% of drivers exceeded 30 km/h speed limits near schools with more than half travelling at 40km/h or more. In areas away from schools, drivers appeared more likely to stick to the limit. The BRSI says the zones need to be accompanied by infrastructure measures such as traffic humps. This is sometimes not the case for schools on main roads where, out of school hours, the limit can be up to 70 […]

ISA for kids

ISA for kids

A new mobile phone game launched by the Automobile Club of Romania is encouraging kids to tell their parents when they exceed the limit. Plimbă Ursul (Bear Driver) features a bus driven by a bear, collecting friendly animals from bus stops along his route.  Using GPS data, the game tracks the speed of the vehicle the child is travelling in, and warns if it is going too fast.  The child can then let the driver know – and if they don’t slow down, the […]

Extend young driver probation period says KFV

Extend young driver probation period says KFV

The Austrian road safety board, an ETSC member, says the novice driver probation period should be doubled to four years. In an interview with Austrian national radio, KFV’s director Othmar Thann said most collisions occur when the trial period ends. Mr Thann also warned that mobile phone use by young drivers is an increasing problem and should be tackled with training courses for those that are caught – similar to existing programmes for other driving offences. KFV also says the moped license needs revising, […]

Belgium announces lower drink drive limit for young drivers, alcohol interlocks on buses

Belgium announces lower drink drive limit for young drivers, alcohol interlocks on buses

The Belgian government is to follow France with the introduction of a 0.2 g/l blood alcohol limit for young and novice drivers as well requiring alcohol interlocks for vehicles used in public transport. France’s lower BAC limit came into force in July and the country’s alcohol interlock requirements were extended to all coaches from September. Previously they were only required on coaches carrying school children.  Urban buses are excluded from the measure. The new Belgian measures are part of a 15-point road safety plan […]

New project targets young road users

New project targets young road users

Reducing the dangers facing younger road users is the focus of a new ETSC project, known as YEARS, which was launched at an event in Brussels in October. The project, in partnership with technical universities across Europe, will work with students to develop projects in their local area aimed at improving the safety of young road users.  The project also aims to encourage policymakers to develop road safety policies that specifically target this group. Divera Twisk, an expert from the SWOV Institute for Road […]

19 October 2015 – Young road user risks: is age the only fix?

19 October 2015 – Young road user risks: is age the only fix?

The European Transport Safety Lecture 2015 Monday 19 October 2015, 17:00 Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, Brussels The European Transport Safety Council warmly invites you to the launch event of the YEARS project – which focusses on reducing dangers for young road users in Europe. The event will feature the 2015 European Transport Safety Lecture, this year given by Divera Twisk of SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, The Netherlands, followed by an expert panel discussion. Agenda Presentations Antonio Avenoso, ETSC […]

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Unilever Poland

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Unilever Poland

Case study: Unilever Poland ETSC’s PRAISE project addresses the safety aspects of driving at work and driving to work. Its aim is to promote best practice in order to help employers secure high road safety standards for their employees. In this interview, Edyta Karpiuk-Jagodzinska, Safety, Health and Environment Coordinator for Poland and the Baltics at Unilever discusses how the organisation has integrated road safety into the heart of its operations. FACTFILE Company: Unilever Poland (2014 ETSC PRAISE Awards – Highly Commended) Sector: Fast Moving Consumer Goods […]

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