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Vote on Vatanen's draft Safety Report

Publication date: 14 June 2005

The Transport Committee adopted today an own-initiative report  (plus amendments 1-100) by Ari Vatanen MEP on a Commission proposal on a European road safety programme with the title "Halving the number of road accident victims in the EU by 2010: a shared responsibility". The vote was 30 in favour, 5 against and 5 abstentions.

report_draft_vatanen_safety.pdf (155 KB)

report_draft_vatanen_safety_ams.pdf (223 KB)


MEPs adopted a range of amendments aiming at improving and strengthening the proposal, in particular with regard to young road users and their education, vulnerable road users and the
introduction of cost-effective intelligent safety systems. Members also strongly urged the Commission to introduce a harmonised definition of Community road signs and motorist information.


The Committee expressed concern about the safety of vulnerable road users, including young people, noting that the risk of death in motorcycle or moped travel was 17 times higher than in car travel and that walking or cycling was up to nine times riskier.


The TRAN Committee also stressed the aspect of subsidiarity and great responsibility of Member States; particularly where it comes to the implementation and enforcement of the existing
legislation. It also underlined that the EU's role should be to coordinate awareness campaigns, research programmes and exchange of best practices and information between Member States. Other aspects of the report are the need of upgrading and high standards of road design and planning in order to "forgive" driver errors. Finally the report points out the huge importance and scope of improvements of new technologies like seat-belt reminders, electronic stability control and speed limitation systems.


Next step:
Adoption in EP plenary (26-29 September 2005)


Related News Item:
Draft report on European Road Safety Action Programme (16 March 2005)

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