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Saving 20,000 lives on our roads. The European Road Safety Action Programme A shared responsibility. EUR-15, 1970-2000. However:. Curve flattening out Social need for mobility vs safety Traffic tripled 1970-2000 and will continue to rise

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saving 20 000 lives on our roads

Saving 20,000 lives on our roads

The European Road SafetyAction ProgrammeA shared responsibility

  • Curve flattening out
  • Social need for mobility vs safety
    • Traffic tripled 1970-2000 and will continue to rise
  • Some 40 000 persons killed&1.7 million injured / year (EUR-15) – 50 000 fatalities in EUR-25
  • 160 billion € / year cost to society (EUR-15)
  • A shared responsibility (road user /private sector / Region / Member State / EU)
  • Community added value if action taken at EU level

(After environment, where significant progress has already been accomplished)Road Safety is the major societal issue for this decade

the european road safety action plan
The European Road Safety Action Plan
  • The problem
  • Objective
  • EU-Instruments
  • Actions in all domains
  • The Road Safety Observatory
  • The Road Safety Charter
the eu 50 reduction target
The EU 50% reduction target
  • A political commitment
  • No burden sharing amongst Member States
  • Each Member State should strive to perform at least as well as the best-performing ones
  • No contradiction between “Vision Zero” and “Objective –50%”
  • Monitoring
    • Road safety performance indicators
  • Reporting
the eu instruments
The EU instruments
  • Legislation (only when necessary)
  • Best practice guidelines
    • Technical guidelines accepted by experts drafted by professionals for the use of professionals
  • Research and development
    • Studies
    • Framework programme research
  • Financial support
  • Road accident data and information
domains of action
Domains of action
  • User behaviour
    • Enforcement
    • Campaigns
    • Driving licences
  • Vehicle safety
    • Technical inspection
    • Passive and active safety
  • Infrastructure safety
  • Professional transport
  • Accidentology
road safety enforcement
Road safety enforcement
  • Proposal for generic enforcement in the field of road safety
    • Speeding, drunk driving, seatbelt wearing
  • Proposal for controls on working and resting times or professional drivers
  • Best practice guideline for police checks
  • Awareness campaigns
    • EuroBOB, vulnerable road users
    • Upcoming seatbelt wearing campaign
driving licences
Driving licences
  • 3rd Driving licence directive under consideration
    • Anti-fraud measures
    • Further harmonisation of categories
    • Progressive access for motorcycles
    • Requirements for driving examiners
  • Work on fitness to drive
    • “Annex III”: eyesight, diabetes, epilepsy
  • Driving licence information system
    • RESPER, a project in the context of IDA (Interchange of Data between Administrations)
technical inspection
Technical inspection
  • First cycle of legislation completed
  • Study to examine the way forward
    • Incremental modifications, for example:
      • Frequency of inspection with age of vehicle
      • Inspection after accident
      • Motorcycle inspection
    • Inspection of electronic systems
    • Alternative ways of quality
      • In particular for commercial transport
  • Accession to the UN/ECE 1997 Agreement
passive vehicle safety
Passive vehicle safety
  • Continuing support for EuroNCAP
    • And strengthening of the relevant type approval directives
  • Crashcompatibility research between vehicles of different types
  • Pedestrian-friendly car fronts
  • Incite the automobile industry to introduce seatbelt reminders
active vehicle safety
Active vehicle safety
  • Information and communication systems for intelligent vehicles, the “e-Safety” initiative
    • Public-private partnership involving the automobile, communications and other sectors
  • Regulatory action or self-commitment necessary for systems with weak business case
    • Daytime running lights
    • Intelligent speed management
    • Impairment detection devices
    • Accident data recorders
    • Electronic vehicle identification
  • Europe’s new satellite positioning system
  • Offers increased accuracy and
  • Guaranteed level of service
  • A host of new possibilities by accurate positioning
  • Will enable active safety systems to take collision avoidance action
  • Accurate positioning essential for e-Call
safety of road infrastructure
Safety of road infrastructure
  • Regulatory action necessary on:
    • Management of high-accident risk road stretches (“black spots”)
    • Road safety audits
    • Road safety impact assessment
    • Road inspection
  • Best practice guidelines on above issues
  • Tunnel safety
    • Proposal accepted in principle by all Member States
  • Support for the EuroRAP project
professional driving and commercial transport
Professional driving and commercial transport
  • Directive on training of professional drivers published
  • Discussion on working and resting times proposal continues
  • Introduction of digital tachograph
  • Best practice guideline on securing of loads on trucks
  • Upcoming study on impact on safety of lightvans and company vehicles
the eu road safety observatory
The EU Road Safety Observatory
  • Mission:

Collect, analyse and disseminate road safety data and knowledge

  • A “light” form of a road safety agency
  • Internal Commission structure
observatory components
Observatory Components
  • Accident circumstances
    • The present CARE road accident database
  • Accident causes
    • Framework for independent accident investigation
  • Accident consequences
    • The present PENDANT research project
  • Risk exposure data
  • Road safety performance indicators
  • Knowledge
    • Results of research and studies
the road safety charter
The Road Safety Charter
  • The extension of the “shared responsibility” concept to civil society
  • Signatories commit themselves to concrete and measurable actions
  • Commission creates awareness and makes commitments public
    • Logo
    • Awards
    • Presentations
    • Reports and newsletters
a european road safety charter
A European Road Safety Charter

Commission proposes that everyone with Authority, decision-making powers, or acting in an economic, social or representative function should give a solemn undertaking and subscribe to a European Road Safety Charter. Each signatory would undertake to implement specific actions, which will be publicised and monitored.

in conclusion the plan
In conclusion, the Plan
  • Covers (nearly) all domains of action
    • As there is no miracle solution, efforts have to be made on all fronts
  • Shared responsibility involves all layers
    • Road user, industry, local and regional administrations, Member States, EU
  • Proposes short, medium and long term measures
    • From enforcement
    • To infrastructure measures
  • Commission transport website
  • Road transport section
  • CARE database
  • Driving licences