Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions [on the] priorities in EU road safety & progress report and ranking of actions : COM (2000) 125 final.
C 38791 [electronic version only]
Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities Eur-OP, 2000, 44 p.; Catalogue number KT-CO-00-122-EN-C - ISSN 0254-1475
|Samenvatting||There is no room for complacency in road safety. Although the trend is towards fewer fatalities, the decline is levelling off and over 40 000 citizens of the EU continue to meet a premature death on our roads. This Communication takes us beyond the Action Programme of 1997-2001, which introduced a socioeconomic dimension to road safety with the '1 million Euro principle' which for the first time sought to give an economic cost to a fatality and the associated injuries and damage. It takes up suggestions from the Council and the European Parliament to issue a progress report on the Action Programme. Also, as requested by the Parliament, it gives a ranking to future measures at the Community level, and it makes a Recommendation to decision makers at all levels, to give more weight to the fact that the cost of preventing accidents is generally much less than the economic cost of casualties and damage caused by them. The Action Programme 1997-2001 can be considered a successful on-going process. Annex 3 contains a detailed and systematic listing of measures passed or under consideration. Much has been achieved in the strategic fields of improving enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, raising public awareness of road safety, and the gathering and dissemination of information on safety issues. A multi-criteria analysis followed by a cost effective assessment of the actions listed in the Programme 1997-2001, has led to the definition of the following short and medium term priorities in road safety in the EU: · Continue to work with and develop the European New Car Assessment Programme, (EuroNCAP); · Campaigns and legislation on seat belts and child restraints; · Recommendation to the Member States on maximum blood/alcohol levels in traffic; · Legislation on speed limiters for light commercial vehicles; · Develop guidelines for 'Black Spot' management (places with a concentration of accidents) and the design of 'forgiving' roadsides (i.e. less likely to cause injury in the event of an accident); · Legislation on safer car fronts for pedestrians and cyclists. Beyond these key priorities this Communication lists a further 5 measures for which more research into cost effectiveness is desirable: medical standards for driving licences; standards for driving tests; daytime running lights; effects of medicines on driver behaviour; post accident care. Three supporting measures also received a high priority: the CARE accident statistics data base; an integrated information system; and, research into vehicle standards and telematics. Finally, this Communication contains a Recommendation of the Commission encouraging governments, local and regional authorities of the Member States to establishing a practice of calculating costs and effects of road safety measures, to increase investments in these measures and to develop mechanisms that will enable the benefits of road safety measures to be felt more directly by those taking the decisions and bearing the costs of their implementation. This report can be found at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/com/2000/com2000_0125en01.pdf|
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