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20/07/2010 00:00:00

The European Commission has today adopted challenging plans to reduce the number of road deaths on Europe's roads by half in the next 10 years.  Initiatives proposed today in a set of European Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020 range from setting higher standards for vehicle safety, to improving the training of road users, and increasing the enforcement of road rules.  The Commission will work closely with Member States to implement this programme.

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas responsible for Transport, said: "A hundred people die everyday on Europe's roads. We have made good progress since 2001 and we have succeeded in saving  nearly 80,000 lives. But the number of fatalities and injuries on our roads is still unacceptable. We are looking at what kind of cars motorists drive, where they drive and how they drive and we want to cut road deaths in half by 2020."

    Road safety action programme 2011-2020:

    The Commission has today set out a mix of initiatives focussing on making improvements to vehicles, infrastructure and road users' behaviour.  

    There are seven strategic objectives:

    Improved safety measures for trucks and cars

    Building safer roads

    Developing intelligent vehicles

    Strengthening licensing and training

    Better enforcement

    Targeting injuries

    A new focus on motorcyclists.


    Detailed measures for each strategic objective MEMO/10/343

    What Europeans think about road safety in this latest Eurobarometer survey MEMO/10/344

    Attached table "Road Fatalities per Country" shows progress under 2001-2010 Road Safety Action Plan, with EU-wide figures and country breakdown. 


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    Last update: 31/10/2010  |Top