ETSC released new Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) report

The latest Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) report was released on 19 June and shows that EU Member States are struggling to make a breakthrough: 25,250 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2017. Although road deaths declined by 2% last year, they have decreased by just 3% over four whole years since 2013.

This is substantially short of the decrease of 6.7% needed annually to meet the EU target of cutting road deaths by half over the decade to 2020. Up to now, Estonia and Greece are the only EU countries that look on course to meet this target.

For the first time in the 12 years since ETSC launched its Road Safety Performance Index programme, the organisation will not make its annual award for progress and leadership on road safety to any country.

“Two passenger planes crash, killing everyone on board…” – This is how many people die on EU roads every week

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council said: “If two passenger planes fell out of the sky every week in Europe, the public and political response would be transformational. And improvements in aviation safety in Europe over the last fifty years have been just that. We now need a matching system-wide approach to road safety."

3rd Road Package by the European Commission

Last month, the European Commission announced a major new package of road safety legislation that could prevent more than 2,000 deaths a year by the end of the next decade thanks to tougher vehicle and infrastructure standards. But EU Member States and the European Parliament still need to approve the proposals, and a range of more immediate measures will be needed to make significant progress in the near future.

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