What role for the European Union?

27 September 2006  •  Author(s): Stefan Tostmann, Brussels

Safe roads – the black sheep of the integrated approach?

Road safety policy is widely based on the ‘integrated approach’: we must act at the same time on vehicle safety, road user behaviour and the roads themselves to conduct successful road safety policies. The road safety policy devised at European level is also following this approach2.

Through stringent type approval legislation, our cars and trucks have become much safer in recent years. The European Commission is counting on further improving vehicle safety by proposing to equip not only new, but also existing trucks with mirrors reducing the blind spot to better protect cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Further actions concerning daytime running lights for all vehicles are in the pipeline3.

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