ETSC Safety Monitor (100) - April 2016
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Transport safety news from ETSC - 100th edition

Commission publishes first official serious injury figures as 275 MEPs back EU target

The European Commission has, for the first time, published a figure for the number of people seriously injured on Europe’s roads: 135,000 in 2014.
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Opinion: 100 issues later, what’s changed since the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor?

There was no email version, not even an email address to write to or website to check for updates. None of the articles were tweeted or shared on facebook as Mark Zuckerberg was only ten years old. Google was not yet a verb. Browsing through the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor newsletter this week felt like examining a document from another age. Read more...
 

Urgent action needed on road safety as new figures show increase in deaths

ETSC says the European Commission must stop delaying new road safety policy measures if it is to help reverse an increase in deaths on EU roads. Read more...
 

Automated vehicles need ‘driving tests’

EU rules on safety approvals for new cars will need to be revised to include ‘driving tests’ for automated and fully-autonomous vehicles according to a new report from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). Read more...
 

Europe’s car safety framework needs ‘overhaul’

Vehicle safety innovations are still benefitting too few road users in Europe due to an over-reliance on a voluntary testing programme rather than regulatory standards, according to a new report by ETSC. Read more...
 

Italian senate passes ‘road murder’ law

All road collisions that result in death or serious injury will be treated by police as an indictable offence, and those convicted will be subject to much tougher sentencing after a new ‘road murder’ law was passed by the Italian Senate last month. Read more...
 

Euro NCAP says no progress on quadricycles

Small city cars classified as heavy quadricycles still have ‘fundamental’ safety problems according to Euro NCAP. Read more...
 

Germany makes it easier to introduce 30km/h limits near schools

German state transport ministers have approved legal changes that will allow for easier application of 30km/h limits near schools and hospitals. Read more...
 

Mobile use at the wheel doubles crash risk – US study

Drivers more than double their crash risk when they choose to engage in distracting activities that require them to take their eyes off the road, such as using a mobile phone, reading or writing, or using touchscreen menus on a vehicle instrument panel, according to new American research. Read more...

21 September 2016 – European Day Without A Road Death

TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, is planning a new road safety campaign day known as Project EDWARD – European Day Without A Road Death. The organisation hopes to interest policymakers, road safety professionals, politicians, police officers, manufacturers and the general public to raise awareness of the 2020 target to reduce road deaths. Read more...

New York State to consider ‘textalyser’ technology

Two New York State politicians, together with a road safety advocacy organisation are aiming to introduce a new law requiring police to scan drivers’ mobile phones for possible activity in the run up to collisions. Read more...
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