Issue n° 172 - 25 April 2014

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight

Seat belt

Improve road haulage rules for industry, drivers and the environment, says Commission

The Vice-President of the European Commission Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, has called for simplification and clarification of EU rules on road haulage. Mr Kallas' remarks follow the publication of a report on integrating the internal market for road transport. The report concludes that while some progress has been made, removing the remaining restrictions would help the European economy and improve the environment.

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Commissioner's corner

Tweet on clean fuels:

"#EP strongly supports #alternative fuels for transport. Right changes that fit transport of the future."

Siim Kallas

Read more about the vote on clean fuels for transport.

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Figure of the month

8 billion

7% Annual cut in road deaths in the last 5 years.

At the same time, ambitious EU goal set to halve road deaths by 2020 from 2010 levels - the total reduction since 2010 is already at 17%.

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We were asked about...

Question asked by Saïd El Khadraoui (S&D)

Subject: Accident statistics for 2013

In 2001, the European Commission set itself the target of halving the number of casualties on the roads by 2010. In 2010, the number of road deaths fell to 30 800, representing a drop of 43% compared with 2001. Although this represented a substantial reduction, it still fell short of the target. In 2011, the Commission therefore resolved anew to halve the number of casualties on the roads by 2020, with its ultimate aim being to eliminate such casualties altogether.

In 2012, the number of road deaths in the EU fell by 9% to the lowest figure in the EU since records began.

  1. Does the Commission have in its possession figures relating to the number of casualties on the roads in 2013 for the European Union as a whole and also broken down into figures for each Member State?  
  2. Does the Commission have in its possession figures relating to the number of casualties under the age of 18 and the number of accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists?

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