The report "How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU?" has been compiled and recently published by the ETSC (European Transport Safety Council), with the support of the DVR (German Road Safety Council). Both are members of the ISSA Section on Prevention in Transportation.
In this report, the ETSC states that a quarter (25%) of road deaths in the European Union are the consequence of a collision involving a goods vehicle. The data show that on a per-km basis, many more people die in collisions involving heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) than die in collisions involving only non-goods vehicles. Over the nine years covered by the report, deaths in collisions involving HGVs have also been reduced more slowly than those in collisions involving only non-goods vehicles.
ETSC is recommending a range of measures to increase safety in goods transport covering the main risks of inappropriate speed, drink driving, fatigue, distraction and failure to wear a seatbelt. The recommendations cover EU institutions, EU member states, other European governments as well as local authorities.
Download the full report at www.etsc.eu/pinflash39
ETSC is a Brussels-based independent non-profit making organization dedicated to reducing the numbers of deaths and injuries in transport in Europe.