Increased inforcement of road safety law saves lives
New ETSC Report Proves Urgency of a Traffic Law Enforcement Directive
Brussels, Belgium – In a publication launched 2007-03-12 “Enforcement Across the EU – Time for a Directive”(1) the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)(2) presents the findings of its monitoring of enforcement practices in the EU Member States.
ETSC strongly supports the need for a Directive that includes minimum legal
requirements in the area of enforcement of road traffic law in the priority
areas of speeding, drink driving and seat belt use in accordance with the best
practice set out in the EC Recommendation on enforcement(3). This
Recommendation has failed to generate the necessary commitment among
Member States to raise standards in traffic law enforcement.
The ETSC report concludes that increased enforcement levels undoubtedly
have a direct impact on saving lives. The proper enforcement of road safety
law could help prevent at least 14,000 deaths annually by 2010, according to
The report is published simultaneously with the results of the stakeholder
consultation(5) conducted by the European Commission between November
2006 and January 2007. Comments were received from national governments,
companies, research institutes and associations, as well as individuals. A third
of them expressed unequivocal support for Policy Option 5, which envisages
introducing the cross-border enforcement along with setting minimum legal
standards in the national legislation. Moreover, the majority of the
respondents spoke out strongly in favour of extending the requirements to all
road networks in Europe and covering eventually also other types of traffic
offences, besides the three major ones.
ETSC supports the respondents’ view that progress must be speeded up and a
legislative proposal should be published soon. “After careful consideration of
progress in the EU Member Sates, it is now time for a Directive which includes
minimal requirements in the enforcement of speeding, drink driving and seat
belt use,” says ETSC Executive Director Jörg Beckmann.
(1) ETSC 2007 “Enforcement in the EU – Time for a Directive”
website ETSC / publications / policy papers
(2) The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), founded in 1993, is a Brussels-based
independent non-profit making organisation dedicated to the reduction of the
number and severity of transport crashes in Europe. The ETSC seeks to identify and
promote research-based measures with a high safety potential. It brings together 37
national and international organisations concerned with transport safety from across
(3) EC Recommendation on enforcement in the field of road safety (2004) http://eurlex.
(4) ICF Consulting 2003. Cost Benefit Analysis of Road Safety Improvements. Final
Report London UK. These results were collected for the EU15 and would certainly be
significantly higher if extrapolated to the EU27.
(5) EC Consultation Paper: Respecting the rules Better Road Safety Enforcement in the
European Union http://ec.europa.eu/transport/roadsafety/enforcement/introduction_en.htm#consultation