ETSC Safety Monitor (90) - March 2014
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MEPs say yes to safer lorries

The European Parliament's transport committee has voted overwhelmingly in support of proposals to improve the safety of Heavy Goods Vehicles. The revised rules on lorry dimensions will allow for cabs with improved visibility, especially important for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in urban areas. Read more...
  • Lorries without cycle safety equipment to be banned from London - see announcement
  • The International Road Union (IRU) has published new guidelines for safe load securing in road transport - see guidelines document

eCall implementation delayed

Plans to introduce automated in-car emergency calling across Europe by 2015 have been set back following negotiations between the European Parliament and Member States. In an informal agreement reached on 18 March, the institutions agreed that Member States should have the infrastructure to handle eCalls in place by no later than 1 October 2017. See Europolitics and ETSC reaction to European Parliament vote

£110 billion cost of UK traffic deaths and injuries to 2030

A third of a million people will be killed or seriously injured on the roads in Great Britain over the two decades ending 2030 unless the government acts, according to a report commissioned by ETSC's UK member PACTS. The study estimates that the loss to society would be valued at about £110 billion. See PACTS.

1 in 12 drivers distracted at the wheel

The Belgian Road Safety Institute, an ETSC member, says almost one in twelve drivers is distracted while driving, and the main cause is mobile phone use. In research carried out at the end of 2013 at 156 sites on motorways and in urban areas, the organisation also noted that lorry drivers were the worst offenders when it came to calling and texting at the wheel. See press release (in French).
  • ETSC's Greek member RSI Panos Mylonas has launched a powerful new TV and YouTube clip on distracted driving. The films have been shown on Greek TV and in cinemas across the country. See YouTube.
  • Google is lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass, marking some of the first clashes over the nascent wearable technology. See Reuters
  • Driving to certain kinds of music can “transcend the line from nuisance to danger”, according to an academic study carried out for an insurance company. See Road Safety GB

UK continues safe rail record for sixth consecutive year

There were no fatal train collisions, derailments or overruns in 2013 in the UK, the sixth consecutive calendar year, according to a new report by Andrew Evans of Imperial College, London. However, there were three fatal collisions between trains and road vehicles in 2013, causing four car occupant fatalities. See report.

New German website launched on drug driving

ETSC's German member DVR has launched a new web portal on drug driving. 1,425 collisions occurred in 2012 in Germany under the influence of "other intoxicating substances" according to the Federal Statistics Office. The new website explains the effects of various types of drugs on driving ability and their legal implications as well as offering support including contact details for local addiction centres. See (in German)

Commission takes Portugal to court over infrastructure safety

The European Commission has taken Portugal to the Court of Justice of the European Union because the country has not adopted compulsory guidelines for the application of safety management procedures for road infrastructure in the trans-European network (TEN-T). The Commission says the adoption of the guidelines would save more lives on Portuguese roads. See European Commission

New European rules for airport safety

New rules providing common standards for safe design, operation and maintenance in the largest EU airports came into force earlier this month. The new rules put in place a European legal framework for national aviation authorities to certify airports' compliance with technical and operational requirements, as well as for the oversight of certified airports. See European Commission

Global database of road safety ads

The World Health Organisation has launched a new library of road safety campaign videos from around the world. The database can be searched by topic, language and region and is designed to offer inspiration to campaigners planning public awareness efforts on the key road safety topics. See WHO

Roadworthiness package agreed

New rules for roadworthiness checks were given final approval by the European Parliament and Member States earlier this month following an informal agreement reached in December. ETSC has criticised the lack of mandatory tests for motorcycles and scooters that featured in the original proposal for legislation. See Council press release and ETSC's December statement

In memory of our friend Ian Hamill

Everyone at ETSC was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death on 20 March of Ian Hamill, General Secretary of the European Traffic Police Network TISPOL. Ian worked tirelessly over many years building TISPOL in to one of the most respected organisations active in the field of road safety at European level. He was a great supporter of ETSC's work and was a warm and kind colleague to all of us that knew him. A book of condolence has been opened on the TISPOL website.
Commissioner Kallas speaking at the ETSC PIN conference 2013
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