ETSC Safety Monitor (97) - July 2015
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Calls to publish EU serious road injury target, as Commission backtracks

ETSC is calling on the European Commission to come forward with a long-awaited target to reduce serious road injuries after a planned announcement was apparently dropped from a major review of road safety policy. Read more...

EU road safety targets at risk as deaths increase in France, Germany and UK

Progress on reducing road deaths in the EU slowed to just -0.6% last year, the worst annual reduction since the first common EU target was set in 2001, according to new analysis published last month by ETSC. EU member states now need to cut deaths by almost 8% each year until 2020 to meet the target set in 2010 to halve deaths within a decade. Read more...
 

Europe must boost safety for cyclists and walkers

7,600 people died in road traffic while cycling or walking in the EU in 2013 according to new ETSC research: the equivalent of a commercial airliner full of passengers being lost every week. ETSC says unprotected road users need special attention because the numbers being killed are falling more slowly than those for vehicle occupants. Read more...
 

Commission road safety policy review lacks timetable and action on drink driving

The European Commission has published its review of the ‘Road Safety Policy Orientations’ (RSPO), a strategy published in 2010 with the objective of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020. Read more...
 

UK road safety leadership ‘weak and fragmented’

Road safety has been pushed down the UK political agenda to a disproportionate extent according to a review of the UK coalition government’s road safety strategy 2010-2015 by ETSC’s member PACTS and the RAC Foundation. Read more...
 

Poland seventh EU country to require interlocks for convicted drink drivers

Poland is the latest European country to require convicted drink driving offenders to install an alcohol interlock if they wish to get back behind the wheel. The country joins Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, The Netherlands and Sweden, all of which now have rehabilitation programmes with interlocks backed by the courts. Poland’s new measures came into force on 18 May. Read more...
 

Report offers tips for managing young drivers at work

A new report from ETSC gives an overview of the issues specific to managing young drivers at work. The report looks into the direct and indirect factors associated with higher collision rates of young fleet drivers and makes recommendations on how to assess and mitigate the risks associated with this group. Read more...
 

Swiss seat belt wearing rates not improving

The latest survey by ETSC’s Swiss member bfu has found that seat belt wearing rates in Switzerland decreased slightly last year and that only three-quarters of rear seat passengers are belting up. Read more...
 

Consultation on distraction

The European Commission is undertaking a stakeholder consultation on policies to reduce road user distraction. The survey, carried out by TRL, TNO and Rapp Trans is available at this link.
 

Roads marked with excuses

A new campaign video from Romania urges pedestrians to find a safe place to cross the road. Read more...
 
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