European Commission Interim evaluation of the Policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020

  • Published: European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), 2015
  • Authors: European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)
  • Date Added: 12 Feb 2016
  • Last Update: 12 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf


To set out the key points and recommendations the European Commission make to reduce deaths and serious injury across the EU


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Key Findings:

  • The European Commission Staff Working document on EU road safety policy 2011-2020 recognises that the EU is the safest region world-wide. The EU targets for road deaths were an important driver for the dramatic reductions in countries such as Spain, Portugal, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia and Estonia, all of which have cut deaths by more than 60 per cent since 2001.

  • However, ETSC’s latest report reveals that 25,845 people were killed in 2014 in the EU28 as a consequence of road collisions, representing a decrease of only 0.6 per cent since 2013. The number of road deaths now has to be reduced by about 8 per cent each year until 2020 for the EU to reach its 2020 target.

  • In 2014, more than 203,500 people were recorded by the police as seriously injured and the number of seriously injured grew by almost 3 per cent compared to 2013.

  • As such, the European Commission Staff Working document makes a number of recommendations, including:

    • Adopt a target this year to reduce by 35 per cent between 2014 and 2020 the number of people seriously injured based on MAIS3+.

    • Adopt a fully-fledged joint strategy to tackle serious injuries, including measures against which delivery can be made accountable.

    • Support the exchange of best practice between Member States on how to report seriously injured road casualties as MAIS3+.

    • Install barriers, friendly to powered two-wheelers in areas susceptible to motorcycle collisions. Implement engineering measures to prevent pedestrians accessing motorways.

    • The use of co-operative ITS and Advanced Assistance Systems, including Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), alcohol interlocks, seat belt reminders and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).

    • Encourage that, within urban transport planning, a clear hierarchy of transport users is adopted, with pedestrians and cyclists at the top of the hierarchy, amongst other recommendations directed at vulnerable road users.

    • Support Member States in preparing national enforcement plans with yearly targets for compliance in the areas of speeding, drink and drug driving and seat belt use.

    • EU funds should concentrate on the improvement of road safety through the application of known, effective, science based countermeasures targeting the most life-saving actions.


Action from the supranational level to reduce serious injuries.


Leadership, Policy.