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.
Parliament’s Transport Committee has rejected a Commission plan that would force member states to upgrade their highways. Road stakeholders say the move was "short-sighted and nationalistic" and will slow down progress to reducing road deaths in the Union.
Most EU countries are currently off-track on their objective to halve the number of road deaths by 2010, according to a mid-term Commission report. Meanwhile, hi-tech cars emerge as a new priority in EU road safety policy.