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Strategy to reduce injured on EU Roads

Strategy to reduce injured on EU Roads

In July 2013, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution urging the European Commission to set an ambitious target for the reduction of road traffic serious injuries over the 2014 - 2020 period. The European Safety Council (ETSC) gave the following key recommendations:

  • Creating a road safety system that recognises the vulnerability of the human body
  • Adopt a target of a 35% reduction between 2014 and 2020 in the number of people seriously injured
  • Involve all relevant directorates general
  • Include numbers of seriously injured in the impact assessment of counter measures (where this does not take place already)
  • Support Members States efforts to improve the quality of the data on seriously injured people and prioritise short-term measures (that can be implemented with existing knowledge)

ETSC says that Infrastructure can play a key role in reducing the severity of injury when collisions occur. Building on its policy orientations on road safety, ETSC proposes the extension of the instruments included in the Infrastructure Safety Directive to the secondary road network and to the urban environment.

Recommendations concerning infrastructure safety and tunnels:

Within the context of the review of the Infrastructure Safety Management Directive 2008/96 encourage Member States to extend the application of the instruments of the directive to cover all roads and extend the rules to tunnels covered by the Tunnel Directive 2004/54 while upholding the effects of the Tunnel Directive.

The conclusions the European Commission received from the research and development project ECOROADS says: 

A road is a unique linear infrastructure generally in open terrain and sometimes in closed environment like tunnels. It´s important to have a uniform approach to the infrastructure safety management outside and inside tunnels.

The conclusions from the European Safety Council (ETSC) coincide with the recommendations of the Ecoroads project (delivered in 2017). The Ecoroads project found that the potential safety benefits of these joint operations are particularly relevant in transition areas between open roads and tunnels. The final report also suggests that current European regulations on infrastructure and tunnel safety could be extended to roads beyond the main European motorways (TEN-T).

Source: The European Safety Council 2016 and the ECOROADS project



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