Europe’s car safety framework needs ‘overhaul’ according to new ETSC report

Europe’s car safety framework needs ‘overhaul’ according to new ETSC report

Vehicle safety innovations are still benefiting too few road users in Europe due to an over-reliance on a voluntary testing programme rather than regulatory standards, according to a new report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). For almost twenty years, increases in levels of car safety in Europe have been driven mainly by the voluntary Euro NCAP programme which awards the safest cars with a 5-star rating. But according […]

Fit to Drive?

Fit to Drive?

FIT TO DRIVE? Alcohol is the biggest reported impairment to driving, but motorists may be taking to the roads impaired without knowing it. This is according to a report published today by a leading road safety experts on behalf of PACTS. Fit to Drive? examines the law as it stands, factors affecting fitness, and gaps that need to be addressed. The report was written by Professor Oliver Carsten (Leeds University), […]

Saving Lives by Lowering the Legal Drink-Drive Limit

Saving Lives by Lowering the Legal Drink-Drive Limit

PACTS and the RAC Foundation today (16 December) published a report from Professor Richard Allsop, Saving Lives by Lowering the Legal Drink-Drive Limit (available here). Professor Allsop, a former PACTS Director and now Special Adviser to PACTS, estimates that 25 deaths and 95 serious injury casualties would be avoided each year if the limit in England and Wales was reduce to that which now applies in Scotland. Professor Richard Allsop said: “When we set the limit […]

Road Safety Since 2010 – A Report with the RAC Foundation

Road Safety Since 2010 – A Report with the RAC Foundation

On Thursday (24 September) the government will release detailed casualty figures for 2014. These will show that last year in Great Britain 1,775 people died on the roads (a 4% increase on the year before).  22,807 more were seriously injured (a 5% annual increase). While today’s casualty figures are still significantly below those seen when the coalition government came to power, much of the reduction came in 2010, the general […]

ETSC Report: Making Walking and Cycling on Europe’s Roads Safer

ETSC Report: Making Walking and Cycling on Europe’s Roads Safer

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has now published it’s 29th PIN Flash Report: Making Walking and Cycling on Europe’s Roads Safer. The report reveals that over the past 12 years 138,400 pedestrians and cyclists were killed in road traffic; while 7,600 people died in road traffic while cycling or walking in the EU in 2013 according to new research: the equivalent of a commercial airliner full of passengers being lost […]