Road safety: 103 measures to halve road accident deaths by 2020

| September 27, 2011

A non-legislative resolution seeking an EU-wide 30 km/h speed limit in residential areas is adopted by the European Parliament.

Earlier this year the Danish Cyclists’ Federation asked all candidates for the Danish election regarding bicycles and traffic. Two of the questions were quite similar to the 30 km/h speed limit.

The questions and answers where as followed:

Speed limits in residential areas needs to be reduced to 40 km/h (with options for deviation)?

Speed limits at schools has to be 30 km/h?

From the Press release from the European Parliament:

The EU should promote the use of alcolocks on commercial goods and passenger vehicles and seek an EU-wide 30 km/h speed limit in residential areas, says a resolution approved by a show of hands on Tuesday (27 September 2011). Parliament calls for a new road safety action plan as a matter of urgency, and recommends harmonising road traffic rules, road signs, roadworthiness tests and blood alcohol limits.

 A “zero death toll” is the long-run aim that guided Parliament’s rapporteur Dieter-Lebrecht Koch (EPP, DE) in drafting a resolution that aims to reduce road deaths by half, serious injuries by 40% and child deaths by 60% between 2010 and 2020.

“The choice of measures and their assessment should be a scientific process, based on comparable, high-quality data, definitions and statistics”, said Mr Koch in the debate, adding that “We expect a harmonised analysis of the causes of accidents and injuries and an EU-wide exchange of data which respects a high standard of data privacy”.

MEPs call on the European Commission to appoint an EU road safety co-ordinator to help Member States to put the action plan into effect.

The proposed measures are set out in a background note (links below).

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