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Nov 2015

Five member states fail on driving license rules

The European Commission has decided to refer the Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to correctly transpose European rules on driving licences. In particular, the Czech Republic failed to ensure in the period 2004-2011 that driving licences were only issued to people residing in the Czech Republic. This is crucial to combat so-called...

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12

Nov 2015

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2015

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families and the many others also affected. This Sunday 15 November, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the World Day being observed internationally and the 10th anniversary since its...

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05

Nov 2015

5 November 2015 – Improving pedestrian and cyclist safety and tackling driver fatigue, Riga

5 November 2015, 8:30 – 14:00 Ministry of Transport, Gogola street 3, Riga, Latvia The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia held a high-level debate on road safety. State Secretary Kaspars Ozoliņš gave the keynote speech. The debate focused on measures needed to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, and to tackle driver fatigue. Participants – government representatives,...

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01

Nov 2015

WHO urges governments to require minimum vehicle safety standards

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling on governments around the world to apply the UN’s most important vehicle safety regulations. In its 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety (published 19 October) the WHO reveals “worrying data showing that less than half of countries implement minimum standards” and warns that “Governments have a responsibility to take the steps needed to ensure their citizens have...

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28

Oct 2015

Death of minister’s police outrider causes outrage in Romania

Romania’s president advised the country’s interior minister to resign earlier this week amid widespread public anger over the death of a police officer who was escorting the minister’s motorcade. According to a report by the Associated Press, President Klaus Iohannis told reporters he summoned for talks and advised him to resign. The government’s communication about the case had been “catastrophic”, he added. The 28 year-old...

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27

Oct 2015

Opinion: Has ISA’s time finally come?

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director For years, speed has been recognised as one of the three main contributing factors to deaths on our roads. And for more than a decade, ETSC has been advocating the benefits of Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), a driver assistance system that a 2014 Norwegian study found to be the ‘most effective’ in saving lives. We are optimistic that 2016 could prove...

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25

Oct 2015

Volkswagen announces third party audit of US safety compliance

The Volkswagen Group has said it will commission an outside audit of its compliance with US safety reporting laws following allegations by Bloomberg that it failed to report lawsuits involving safety issues to the US regulator. Bloomberg reviewed 13 random lawsuits filed against Volkswagen in the last 11 years. Volkswagen had reported nine of them to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Four...

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20

Oct 2015

New project targets young road users

Reducing the dangers facing younger road users is the focus of a new ETSC project, known as YEARS, which was launched at an event in Brussels in October. The project, in partnership with technical universities across Europe, will work with students to develop projects in their local area aimed at improving the safety of young road users.  The project also aims to encourage policymakers to...

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20

Oct 2015

Reducing road risk at work through procurement

Organisations are increasingly aware of the business case for introducing road safety management programmes to reduce work-related road risk. The many benefits include reducing the numbers of preventable injuries, mitigating losses associated with collisions and boosting corporate social responsibility efforts. While efforts to manage road risk within an organisation can be driven by management in close cooperation with employees, it is also possible to exert...

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20

Oct 2015

Reducing road deaths and injuries at work – five companies recognised

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has announced the 2015 winners of its PRAISE awards recognising organisations that have taken outstanding measures to improve road safety at work. The winners, together with highlights of their road safety programmes are as follows: Large company award: OMV Petrom, Romania Sector: Oil and gas Programme highlights: integrated vehicle monitoring system covers 10,000 drivers; road safety requirements for contractors;...

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