ETSC Safety Monitor (89) - January 2014
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Transport safety news from ETSC

eCall moves a step closer 

EU plans for all new cars to be fitted with automated emergency call devices moved a step closer in December following a vote in the European Parliament's Transport committee. Read more...

U-turn on safety checks for motorcycles 

The EU has cancelled plans to introduce regular mandatory technical checks on motorcycles and scooters in a move described by ETSC as a missed opportunity for reducing road deaths in Europe. Read more...

Urban mobility plan lacks teeth

European Commission plans to improve urban mobility will need strengthening if they are to have a measurable impact on road safety, according to ETSC. Read more... 

EC eyes next steps on speed assistance for HGVs

A review of current EU policy on speed limiters recommends further work to assess how intelligent speed assistance (ISA) could be rolled out to lorries, buses, and also vans - which are not currently required to fit speed limiters. See ETSC reactionFAQ and EC study

Traffic offences enforced across EU borders 

Enforcement authorities in a member state where a traffic offence has been committed can pursue and fine drivers of vehicles registered in another EU country thanks to new rules that came into force in November. See ETSC reaction

ETSC turns 20

ETSC marked its 20th anniversary with a high-level event in Berlin in December.  Participants included senior figures from the European Commission, transport safety groups and expert organisations from across the EU.  The organisation also rounded off the year by relaunching its PRAISE project on work-related road safety and by renewing its commitment to tackling drink driving through the new SMART (Sober Mobility Across Road Transport) project.  See: 20th anniversaryPRAISE and SMART project launch announcements      

News in brief

EuroNCAP rewards collision avoidance technologies

Crash avoidance systems such as Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning now count towards the car safety ratings awarded by EuroNCAP.  The organisation said the changes would encourage more widespread fitment and improve safety for all road users. The move follows the inclusion of intelligent speed adaption (ISA) last year.  See: EuroNCAP best in Class 2013   

Railway deaths down in 2012

1011 people died on Europe's railways in 2012, a reduction on the previous year according to new figures published by the International Union of Railways.  However the full casualty breakdown reveals that the number of people killed on level crossings increased significantly, from 280 in 2011 to 329 last year.  See: UIC press release

Cycling increase can be linked to fewer deaths - OECD

In a major report published in December, the OECD says increases in cycling need not lead to a higher number of deaths if pro-safety measures are taken alongside policies that promote cycling.  The report cites the example of Copenhagen where cycling rates increased 20% between 1996 and 2010, while reported deaths and serious injuries dropped by 70%.  See: OECD report

Safety agency hails cut in aviation fatalities

There was a significant reduction in the number of aviation fatalities worldwide in 2013 with 224 deaths, compared to the annual average of 703 between 2003 and 2012 according to new figures from the European Aviation Safety Agency.  In related news, the European Commission banned all airlines based in Nepal from flying in the EU under the latest changes to a blacklist of unsafe carriers. See: EASA press release and EC blacklist 

Road safety ad goes viral

Two weeks after it was published on YouTube, a powerful and moving road safety film has been viewed more than six million times.  The ad by the New Zealand Transport Agency has a grim message for drivers who love speeding: the road is not the right place to learn from mistakes. See: YouTube
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