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Spain: major changes to road safety rules will see alcohol interlocks in new passenger transport vehicles and mandatory helmets for e-scooter riders

Spain: major changes to road safety rules will see alcohol interlocks in new passenger transport vehicles and mandatory helmets for e-scooter riders

The Spanish Parliament has approved several significant changes to road safety laws, that will come into effect in 2022. Spain will require all new types of M2 and M3 vehicle, i.e. mini-buses designed to carry more than eight people, buses and coaches, to be fitted with an alcohol interlock device from next year.  That coincides with new EU rules that require an interface for such a device on all new types of road vehicle.  France already requires alcohol interlocks on buses and coaches used […]

Young drivers: call for EU to mandate zero-tolerance alcohol and drug limits and graduated driving licences

Young drivers: call for EU to mandate zero-tolerance alcohol and drug limits and graduated driving licences

ETSC is calling on the European Union to improve the safety of young drivers through changes to driver licensing, among other measures, as new data show young road users, aged 15 to 30, have come to represent a quarter of all road deaths. In a report published today, ETSC says that, in 2019, 5,182 young people were killed in road collisions in the 25 EU countries for which figures are available. Road deaths among young people aged 15 to 30 in the EU represent […]

Reducing road deaths among young people (PIN Flash 41)

Reducing road deaths among young people (PIN Flash 41)

This report looks at the progress made in Europe in reducing road deaths among young people. It is based on the latest available data from the 32 EU and non-EU countries that participate in ETSC’s Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme, examining trends over time as well as differences between countries, which are very significant. The format, now familiar to readers of past PIN reports, comes in three parts: Part 1 looks at road deaths, Part 2 at serious injuries, and Part 3 at […]

ETSC Online Event – Reducing Road Deaths among Young People- 28 October 14.30-16.30 CEST

This online event explored how to reduce road deaths among young people, in particular in light of the upcoming revision of the EU Driving Licence Directive. There was a welcome by Elena Kountoura MEP and Mr Tatsuya Namura of Toyota Motor Europe followed by presentations on: Young People’s risk behaviour: the science behind it – Dr. Divera Twisk, Queensland University of Technology Reducing road deaths among young people – findings of the PIN Flash Report – Jenny Carson, ETSC How is the EU addressing the […]

New publication sets out eight steps to improved road safety education

A new approach for the development of road safety education courses and materials has been set out in a report produced by experts in eleven European countries and published today by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV) and Fundación MAPFRE. The report is envisaged as a starting point for those who design, test, implement and evaluate educational activities on traffic safety and mobility, and are embarking upon the creation of new, or updating existing, activities. The new […]

LEARN! Manual for Developing and Evaluating Traffic Safety and Mobility Education Activities

LEARN! Manual for Developing and Evaluating Traffic Safety and Mobility Education Activities

The LEARN! Manual is handbook for developing and evaluating activities and programmes for traffic safety and mobility education. It sets out recommendations, criteria and guidance to develop and implement sound educational activities in an accessible way. The report is envisaged as a starting point for those who design, test, implement and evaluate educational activities on traffic safety and mobility, and are embarking upon the creation of new, or updating existing, activities. The new resource should also be useful to ministries, authorities, schools and organisations […]

23 June 2021 – The LEARN! Manual Webinar

Online Event Wednesday 23 June 2021 10.00 – 12.15 Central European Summer Time The LEARN! Manual is a handbook for developing and evaluating activities and programmes for traffic safety and mobility education. It sets out recommendations, criteria and guidance to develop and implement sound educational activities in an accessible way. This webinar presented the LEARN! Manual, and showed its different steps can be applied in practice through examples from across Europe. Click here to download the LEARN! Manual for free. Click here to download the agenda. PresentationsThe […]

Millions of children missed out on road safety education during Covid-19 lockdowns

Millions of children missed out on road safety education during Covid-19 lockdowns

Children across Europe missed out on road safety lessons and tests for cycling and walking safely amid Covid-19 lockdowns and school closures, according to a new report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV) and Fundación MAPFRE.  However, several education experts consulted for the report found that lockdown boosted innovation in delivery methods, tools and working practices which could lead to improved outcomes in the future. The report has been published to coincide with the third UNESCO […]

LEARN! Flash 1: The Impact of COVID-19 on Traffic Safety and Mobility Education

LEARN! Flash 1: The Impact of COVID-19 on Traffic Safety and Mobility Education

In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most European governments put in place unprecedented restrictions on travel and movement, including lockdowns affecting most of the population and the closure of kindergartens and schools. For this LEARN! Flash report ETSC asked the members of the LEARN! Expert Panel how the restrictions, and in particularly the closure of schools, affected the provision of traffic safety and mobility education in their country, their work related to it, and how they adapted to it. ETSC also […]

Israel cracks down on remote e-scooter unlocking for unauthorised and underage riders

Israel cracks down on remote e-scooter unlocking for unauthorised and underage riders

Israel’s National Road Safety Authority is demanding changes to the way e-scooter hire apps verify users and rider age following investigations of fatal collisions that revealed several gaps.  In a press release issued in December the NRSA said it had written to Lime, Wind and Bird, the main operators in Israel, calling for changes – and the companies had responded positively. The authority told ETSC that post-collision investigations had revealed several flaws with e-scooter sharing apps, notably: As a new subscriber, it was easy […]

Belgian-UK study: positive messages encourage safer driver behaviour more than fear tactics

Belgian-UK study: positive messages encourage safer driver behaviour more than fear tactics

A new study has shown that films demonstrating responsible behaviour could lead to young drivers taking fewer risks on the road than if they only saw videos aimed at provoking fear of accidents. Over one million people are killed in road accidents each year and drivers below the age of 25 account for nearly half of road deaths. Dr Yaniv Hanoch, Associate Professor of Risk Management at the University of Southampton, said: “Governments around the world have adopted a plethora of interventions aimed at […]

Finland drops “cars for kids” plan

Finland drops “cars for kids” plan

The entry-into-force of a new law in Finland to permit children as young as 15 to drive regular cars fitted with speed limiters has been withdrawn following drawn-out discussions with the European Commission about the legal and road safety implications of the scheme. The proposals, put forward two years ago by the Finnish government, would have allowed children to drive cars up to 1500 kg at speeds of up to 60 km/h and with only an AM category license – normally reserved for mopeds […]

23 June 2020 – The LEARN! Key Principles Webinar

Online event Tuesday 23 June 2020, 11:00-12:30 CEST The LEARN! Key Principles are 17 recommendations that should be implemented in all European countries, in order to ensure that everyone – and especially children and youngsters – receive high quality traffic safety and mobility education. This webinar presented these Key Principles, and showed how they can be applied in practice through examples from Belgium, Greece, the Netherlands and Norway. Click here to download the agenda and click here to watch the recording of the webinar. […]

Insurer: Lockdown accelerates UK young driver speeding by 15%

Insurer: Lockdown accelerates UK young driver speeding by 15%

Co-op Insurance says speeding alerts issued to its UK young driver policyholders have increased by a sixth (15%) in recent weeks. Co-op’s telematics data which monitor drivers’ behaviours such as how fast they take corners, how they brake and whether they are observing the speed limit, show some are driving faster than they legally should be.  The UK has been a leader in car insurance policies linked to telematic devices fitted in the policy holder’s vehicle.  As a means of helping to keep young […]

Report highlights key principles for improving traffic safety and mobility education

Report highlights key principles for improving traffic safety and mobility education

On the second UNESCO International Day of Education, a new report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV) and Fundación MAPFRE highlights 17 key principles for delivering effective road safety education in Europe. Education is an essential part of the “Safe System approach” to road safety. European countries have committed to providing traffic safety and mobility education, notably in schools at all levels. However, a previous report by the same authors showed that the provision of such […]

LEARN! Key Principles for Traffic Safety and Mobility Education

LEARN! Key Principles for Traffic Safety and Mobility Education

Education is an essential part of the Safe System approach to traffic safety. European countries have committed to providing traffic safety and mobility education, notably in schools at all levels. However, the previous LEARN! report showed that the provision of such education differs widely across Europe, with most countries not following through on their commitments. This publication therefore sets out recommendations that should be implemented in all European countries, in order to ensure that everyone – and especially children and youngsters – receive high […]

Finnish “cars for kids” plans postponed following European Commission warnings

Finnish “cars for kids” plans postponed following European Commission warnings

The entry-into-force of a new law in Finland to permit children as young as 15 to drive regular cars fitted with speed limiters has been postponed following an intervention by the European Commission. The proposals, put forward last year by the government, would have allowed children to drive cars up to 1500kg at speeds of up to 60 km/h and with only an AM category license – normally reserved for mopeds and light quadricycles.  The original legal proposal set a speed limit of 45 […]

Report reveals vast differences in delivery of road safety education across Europe

Report reveals vast differences in delivery of road safety education across Europe

There are vast differences in the amount of road safety education given to children across Europe, particularly at secondary school level, according to a new report. The research shows that while road safety education is provided to children in primary education all over Europe, it is not given to youngsters in secondary education in a fifth of the 36 European states and regions studied. Moreover, the research reveals that traffic safety and mobility education is only sparsely addressed in secondary education in most of […]

The Status of Traffic Safety and Mobility Education in Europe

The Status of Traffic Safety and Mobility Education in Europe

Education is considered an essential part of the integrated approach to traffic safety. While it is important to view road safety education as a lifelong learning process, this report focuses on how such education is given at schools in Europe. Even though the overwhelming majority of European countries have signed the UNECE’s Convention on Road Traffic and thereby committed to provide road safety education in schools at all levels, this first overview of traffic safety and mobility education in Europe shows that in practice […]

12 September 2018 – YEARS Conference, Brussels

12 September 2018 – YEARS Conference, Brussels

12 September 2018, 09:00 – 13:30 Thon Hotel EU, Brussels The European Transport Safety Council is delighted organised the YEARS Final Conference in Brussels on 12 September. The YEARS (Young Europeans Acting for Road Safety) project looks at the latest EU data on road deaths involving young people, the main risks they face and what can be done to address these, in order to raise awareness among stakeholders and spur on national administrations to take action and reduce the number of young people killed […]

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