ETSC Safety Monitor (93) - September 2014
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New Commission urged not to downgrade transport safety

ETSC has written to the president-designate of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker following early indications that transport safety could be deprioritised by the new Commission. Read more...

EU urged to fast-track revised law on cross-border enforcement of traffic rules

Road safety campaigners and European traffic police are urging the EU to fast-track the adoption of a modified law on cross-border enforcement of traffic offences such as speeding. See press release
 

Automated Emergency Braking should be mandatory

ETSC is calling for Automated Emergency Braking systems to be fitted as standard on new cars in the EU. The technology, which is already available as an optional extra even on low-cost vehicles, has been described by one leading UK vehicle safety expert as potentially ‘as important a breakthrough as the seatbelt’. Read more...
 

Leap forward for lorry direct vision proposed

A new study by researchers at Loughborough University shows how blind spots in HGVs could be significantly reduced with a modified cab design that takes advantage of proposed new EU rules on lorry dimensions. Read more...
 

Young engineering students recognised for improving cycling safety in Valencia, Milan and Munich

Six engineering students from Spain, Italy and Germany are the winners of ETSC's European-wide competition to inspire young people to develop and implement safety improvements for cycling in their local areas. See press release
 

A third of young drivers admit taking ‘selfies’ at the wheel

Research by Ford carried out in seven EU countries has found that young British drivers are the most likely to take a ‘selfie’ while driving. Read more...
 

UK trial for self-driving vehicles

Self-driving vehicles will be soon start appearing on British roads with the UK government set to approve limited trials. Read more...
 

France considers lower BAC limits for novice drivers

A new report for the French interior ministry recommends lowering the drink-driving limit in France to 0.2g/l for those who have held a driving license for less than two years. Read more…
 

UK report finds women drinking and driving more

The number of women convicted of drink-driving in the UK has almost doubled in recent years, a survey has shown. Women accounted for 9% of drink-drive convictions in 1998, but this figure had risen to 17% by 2012, the survey revealed. Read more... 
 

New study highlights risks to older pedestrians

Fundación Mapfre, a Spanish member of ETSC, has found that the highest-risk group of pedestrians are people aged over 65. Read more…
 

Greek campaign targets tourists

A large-scale public awareness campaign was launched this Summer in Greece by ETSC member the Road Safety Institute ‘Panos Mylonas’ targeting holidaying foreigners and locals. Read more... 
 

Rider’s fatal crash shown in police safety video

Shocking footage of a fatal collision in Norfolk in the UK has been released by police in a bid to get motorcyclists and drivers to think seriously about road safety. Read more…
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