EU minimum safety requirements for tunnels ensure that they are adequate for the volume of traffic and have emergency exits to prevent them from becoming death traps in an accident.
Accidents can be very serious when they occur in tunnels. Many are old and not designed for high traffic volumes. EU law sets minimum safety requirements for tunnels, including measures to prevent them from becoming death traps in an accident. By 2019, more than 1300 kms of main road tunnels will have been upgraded to meet the highest safety standards.
The SAFE-T project proposed best practice solutions for preventing incidents in accidents in tunnels.