The European Commission has set a new EU target to halve road deaths, and for the first time, serious injuries, in the decade to 2030.
Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of European Transport Safety Council, said:
“Road traffic injury is still the number one killer of young people across the continent so these essential measures cannot come soon enough.”
While road fatalities have more than halved since 2001, 25,300 people still lost their lives on EU roads in 2017 and another 135,000 were seriously injured.
The Commission is proposing that new models of vehicles are equipped with advanced safety features, such as advanced emergency braking and lane-keeping assist system for cars or pedestrian and cyclists' detection systems for trucks.
In addition, the Commission is helping Member States to systematically identify dangerous road sections and to better target investment.
These two measures could save up to 10,500 lives and avoid close to 60,000 serious injuries over 2020-2030, thereby contributing to the EU's long-term goal of moving close to zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2050 ("Vision Zero").