New safety measures aim to halve EU road deaths

The European Transport Safety Council, the independent transport safety advocates, have warmly welcomed a package of measures announced by the European Commission to help reduce the 25,000 deaths that occur on EU roads annually.

In a long-awaited and very significant announcement today the European Commission set a new EU target to halve road deaths, and for the first time, serious injuries in the decade to 2030. Importantly the Commission has also proposed a package of new vehicle safety standards that could, by themselves, prevent more than 2000 deaths every year by 2032, ten years after the measures come into force.

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC, said: “Taken together, today’s announcements could represent the biggest step forward in road safety in Europe since the introduction of the seat belt. Road traffic injury is still the number one killer of young people across the continent so these essential measures cannot come soon enough.

“Today’s announcements alone will not make the difference; it is absolutely crucial that EU Member States and the European Parliament give their backing to the plans and that they do not give in to pressure from car manufacturers, who are already attempting to weaken parts of the vehicle safety proposal.” The EU has published four road safety measures as part of its so-called third mobility package, they include an overall outline of the road safety strategy for the decade to 2030; new vehicle safety standards; updated rules on road infrastructure safety management and a strategy for automated driving