ETSC press release:
A long-promised EU strategic target to reduce serious road injuries has been dropped from a major European Commission review of the region’s road safety policy published yesterday. The European Transport Safety Council is calling on ministers at today’s Transport Council meeting in Luxembourg, to ask the Commission to come forward with the target as promised.
Antonio Avenoso,ETSC executive director:“Targets for cutting road deaths set by the EU in 2001 and 2010 have made a major contribution to the dramatic reductions we have seen in recent years. But we have not seen the same level of progress on serious injuries – hence the widely accepted need for a separate target. ”
Jeannot Mersch, FEVR president: “it is unbelievable for us that the Commission is now stepping back on such a simple, cheap, non-controversial and really necessary step towards this important goal of reducing beside fatalities also severe injuries.The European Parliament (1) and member countries transport ministers should insist together with civil society stakeholders that the Commission should get back on track.”
(1)European Parliament: Urges the Commission, on the basis of the data collected, to set an ambitious target of reducing road injuries by 40 % over the period 2014-2020, and to keep the global idea of ‘Vision Zero’ as a long-term goal;