Road safety

Automated vehicles 24-08-2017

Semi-automated truck convoys get green light for UK trials

The British government has given the go-ahead for the first trials of convoys of semi-automated trucks on UK motorways.

31-05-2017

Controversial EU labour rules tackle truck drivers’ pay and working conditions

Truck drivers are the latest workers to come into the European Commission's sights in its bid to build a more 'social Europe', with new rules designed to make sure drivers from lower-wage countries don't undercut better paid workers when they travel to other EU member states.

30-03-2017

Commission sees ‘hope’ in small drop in number of road deaths

EU transport ministers have agreed on measures to reduce the number of serious road injuries and deaths in Europe, including reducing speed limits in cities down to 30 kilometres per hour.

23-02-2017

Lisbon, Malmö and Skopje announced as sustainable mobility city finalists

Cities from Portugal, Sweden and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have made it through to become finalists for the European Mobility Award 2016.

Transport 31-01-2017

EU plans automatic braking system to clamp down on road deaths

The European Commission is considering introducing automatic braking systems on all new cars in an effort to reduce the number of road deaths. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Transport 30-11-2016

Commission wants manufacturers to build more internet-connected cars

The European Commission wants car companies to make sure new models have a slew of digital technologies that can cut fuel use and be safer on roads, as part of an EU strategy on internet-connect vehicles published today (30 November).

Transport 23-11-2016

Half of Europeans’ bad EU driving goes unpunished

About half of the driving offences committed by Europeans in other EU countries went unpunished last year, according to internal documents.

Transport 18-11-2016

Bulgaria has the EU’s deadliest roads

Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia had the most road deaths per capita in the EU in 2015, tarnishing the EU's record on vehicle safety in a year when the number of people killed by vehicle crashes rose for the first time in almost twenty years.

Transport 27-10-2016

Commission: Women drivers are better than men

Women drivers are safer on roads and could help to fix Europe's bad record on vehicle-related deaths, EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc told reporters today (26 October).

Transport 25-10-2016

Farmers want the brakes put on ‘costly’ push for ABS in tractors

European Commission plans to force tractors to have anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are unnecessarily expensive for manufacturers and based on inaccurate analysis, EU farmers and machinery industry representatives have warned.

Transport 30-09-2016

Carmakers fear EU plans to ease data flows will help tech rivals

European car manufacturers are seeking full control over the data sent to them by connected vehicles they put on the road, and fear a move by Brussels that would impose sharing that data with rivals.

Transport 27-07-2016

MEPs battle Commission over €1 billion transport and energy cuts

Members of the European Parliament have warned the Commission not to make more cuts to its €30 billion fund for building transport, energy and telecoms infrastructure.

Digital 10-06-2016

EU considers new insurance laws for driverless cars

The European Commission is trying to figure out whether insurance laws should be changed to cover crashes caused by driverless cars. With no human in control of the cars, insurance companies are already rethinking who will be liable for the new technology.

Digital 18-05-2016

Car industry frustrated by Commission ‘disorganisation’ on driverless vehicles

Car industry lobbyists are complaining that in-house divisions at the European Commission are delaying technologies like driverless cars from getting onto European streets.

Bulc wants truck drivers to get paid a minimum wage

Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc wants to stop companies that use legal loopholes to underpay truck drivers. The executive says social dumping is rampant among truckers who drive between multiple countries every month—and Bulc wants to clamp down this year.

Digital 13-04-2016

Member states divided over driverless car agreement

Transport ministers from EU countries are slated to sign a joint declaration on driverless vehicles tomorrow (14 April), but squabbles between member states have made the agreement a sensitive subject.

Digital 31-03-2016

Commission wants driverless cars to fix growing number of road deaths

EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc is turning to driverless cars as a way to improve the bloc's floundering record on road deaths.

Transport 01-10-2015

Vulnerable road users key to reaching safety targets

SPECIAL REPORT / Road safety is one of the areas in which the EU can claim progress. Since the first targets were agreed on in 2000, the number of road deaths in the bloc has been cut by 53%.

The Commission says its programms on intelligent transport systems can reduce congestion, CO2 emissions and traffic-related injuries and fatalities.
Transport 30-09-2015

‘Intelligent mobility’ faces reluctance from commercial carriers

SPECIAL REPORT / EU plans to digitise transport infrastructure to vehicle communication aim at a broad transformation of road, rail, air and maritime transit.

Transport 29-04-2015

Cars to be fitted with automatic emergency calling from mid-2018

All cars and light vans in Europe will have to be fitted with automatic emergency calling devices from April 2018 under new rules approved by European Union lawmakers on Tuesday (28 April), which could cut road deaths by 10% a year.

Transport 03-04-2015

Germans found to be Europe’s most aggressive drivers

Tailgating, shouting insults – nowhere in Europe do drivers react as intensely as they do in Germany, a recent study shows. But few are willing to criticise their own behavior. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Transport 11-02-2015

MEPs back data sharing to punish bad driving

Member states will be able to identify and fine foreign drivers committing traffic offences after the European Parliament approved today (11 February) a law allowing them to share information on car registries.  

Transport 29-04-2014

Report: EU road deaths halve in a decade

Car deaths on Europe's roads have halved over the last decade, but campaigners say tougher EU laws could prevent many more people from dying needlessly.

Transport 16-10-2012

Light at the end of the tunnel for road safety campaigners

Safety in 10 of Europe’s busiest tunnels is improving, according to the 13th European Tunnel Assessment Programme (EuroTap) test, which singled out the Wattkopf tunnel in Germany and Tauern tunnel in Austria for special praise.