Proposed rules on road infrastructure and vehicle safety could help save thousands of lives on Europe’s roads, claims the European Transport Safety Council.
Road fatalities have more than halved in the EU over the last 15 years, but there were still 25,3000 deaths and 135,000 serious injuries in 2017. New proposals from the European Commission are designed to reduce those figures further still.
The Third Mobility Package has been created to help Member States identify dangerous sections of road and better target investment. Current rules surrounding road safety audits only apply to Trans-European Transport Network roads. The update would extend the rules to all motorways, primary roads and non-urban roads that receive EU funding.
The European Commission also proposed that performance standards for road signs and markings should be developed – particularly important if autonomous vehicles are to take to the roads. The committee also voted in support of new safety features for trucks, including vulnerable road user (eg pedestrians and cyclists) detection.