Road safety

Automated vehicles 26-03-2021

Digital solutions can stem the economic toll of road congestion, official says

Digitalising European roads will save lives, reduce harmful polluting emissions, and cut down the “pure economic waste” caused by traffic congestion, according to an EU official.
18-03-2021

EU official: Road digitalisation will lead to safer and greener highways

EU funding is supporting member states to integrate digital technology into European highways, making travelling by road smarter. Intelligent Transport Systems have the potential to increase road safety and efficiency, cutting emissions and potentially saving lives, says Pieropaolo Tona.
Future of mobility 03-02-2021

E-scooter service providers set up EU trade group in Brussels

A new trade EU association for micro mobility services was launched on Tuesday (2 February) to unite eight e-scooter operators such as Lime and Bolt. Abandoned scooters and safety concerns are likely to top their policy agenda.
Economy & Jobs 15-12-2020

French cycling route receives EU funds for being ’emissions-free’

The ViaRhôna, a green and heritage-filled 815-kilometre long cycling route in southeast France, has received more than €2 million in EU funds during the 2014-2020 budget period  because of its environmental component. EURACTIV France reports.
01-07-2020

French, Greeks are Europe’s rudest road users, poll reveals

Drivers in most of Europe say they have adopted safer and more courteous behaviour behind the wheel, with the notable exception of the French and Greeks who share the top spot for hurling insults at other road users, polling data showed Wednesday (1 July).
Road charging 19-06-2019

Austro-German road-charging debacle reignites pan-EU toll debate

After the EU Court of Justice ruled against Germany's plans to introduce a highway toll, the debate about an EU-wide motorway toll has once again been ignited. An analysis by Herbert Vytiska.
07-06-2019

Paris loses patience with e-scooters

France’s capital city will make it illegal to park e-scooters on pavements and in parks. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has also ordered a speed limit cut to address the rising accident rate.
31-05-2019

EU countries tinker with laws of the road

Speed limit tweaks and fines for distracted drivers are under consideration in various parts of Europe, as countries ponder different ways to regulate road traffic and make it safer.
17-05-2019

Germany to unleash e-scooters on streets

The upper house of the German parliament voted on Friday (17 May) to allow e-scooters onto the country’s streets, as the new urban vehicle continue to take Europe by storm.
17-04-2019

Bulc urges 5G advocates to focus on autonomous driving, leave connected cars to WiFi

A European Commission plan to push WiFi as the technology of choice for connected cars over 5G is proving to be controversial. EU transport chief Violeta Bulc told EURACTIV in an interview that saving lives is the most important factor and WiFi is the only proven option.
19-02-2019

Truck safety: A lack of vision and a loss of life

Cynthia Barlow’s daughter died after being struck by a truck while out cycling. When she realised how casually her child's death was treated by the legal system, she resolved to take action.
Automated vehicles 11-02-2019

European drivers may be wary of cars that stop them from speeding

Fully automated driving may be years away, but a new EU law being debated by legislators would mandate some semi-autonomous features in new cars, such as intelligent speed assistance. And the auto industry is worried about driver backlash.
08-02-2019

Taking road safety to a new level: Aligning infrastructure, new technologies and changes in mobility trends

Technological advances, in connectivity and automation, create new opportunities to eliminate or compensate for human error. Automated driving holds great potential to further improve road safety in the near future.
20-11-2018

Seeing is believing: How redesigning trucks can eliminate blindspots

Sensors have a role to play for pedestrian safety, particularly for the areas around a truck where the driver cannot see directly. But they shouldn’t replace direct vision through the windows of the vehicle, writes Samuel Kenny.
Digital 03-10-2018

Connected cars: A question of road safety in the 5G Vs WiFi debate

The automotive industry is moving ever closer in the mass development of connected cars, yet a number of challenges still exist for policymakers if the EU is to foster the development of the technology alongside fulfiling its long-term goal of zero fatalities by 2050 as part of its ambitious "Vision Zero" programme.
Transport 16-08-2018

Italy PM declares state of emergency after bridge collapse killed 39

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte declared on Wednesday (15 August) a state of emergency covering the region around Genoa after a bridge collapse killed 39 people and severed the port city's mainland corridor with southern France.
Digital 04-07-2018

EU connected cars plan sparks national backlash

A niche policy fight over the technical groundwork for internet-connected cars has pitted car companies against telecoms operators and also set off alarm bells in a handful of EU capitals.
Digital 03-07-2018

MEP on connected car fight: Commission should focus on safety standards, not technology

The European Commission wants future connected vehicles to be able to run both on 5G and Wifi networks, claiming its upcoming legal proposal will remain "technology neutral". But a leading lawmaker warns this will in effect give preference to one technology over another.
14-06-2018

Truck drivers could pay the price for EU compromise on posted workers

Two draft laws which will be voted on during the European Parliament's plenary session on Thursday (14 June) could lead to more job insecurity for lorry drivers. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Transport 17-05-2018

EU’s ‘long overdue’ first foray into truck rules revealed

CO2 emissions from trucks will be regulated under EU law for the first time as part of a package of new rules that also aims to increase efficiency and improve road safety.
Future of mobility 29-03-2018

Sharing is caring. So why are European cities falling behind?

New mobility services like Uber and Lyft offer the potential to get cities moving, improve quality of life and reduce emissions. But this will only happen if new and traditional mobility services can be integrated to make a more attractive offering that finally persuades drivers out of their cars, write Greg Archer and Yoann Le Petit.
Future of mobility 28-03-2018

EU hopes to avoid 1,500 deaths per year with eCall system

From 31 March, all new cars will have to be equipped with the new European eCall device, which automatically calls 112 in the event of a serious traffic accident
Automated vehicles 22-03-2018

Automated cars: Too much, too soon

Sunday’s fatal collision between an Uber autonomous car and a pedestrian in Arizona shows that the regulatory environment in the US, as well as in Europe, is not ready for fully autonomous vehicles, writes Antonio Avenoso.
Automated vehicles 26-02-2018

Will road vehicle automation help solve urban transport problems?

Vehicle automation has received much attention worldwide. But EU policymakers are not giving enough attention to the impact automated vehicles may have on sustainable mobility policy, therefore turning opportunities for automation into threats, writes Karen Vancluysen.