FIM participates in annual ETSC Performance Index Conference
On 19th June, FIM participated in the European Transport Safety Council’s (ETSC) annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Conference in Brussels, Belgium, hosted in cooperation with the Mission of Norway to the EU.
ETSC President Professor Herman De Croo, gave opening remarks, alongside Jacques Pieraerts, Vice President of Toyota Motor Europe, and Peter Kronberg, Safety Director at the Volvo Group, who both framed the discussions with perspectives from the automotive sector. Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications, followed the introductory speeches with his keynote address, entitled ‘Europe’s safest streets – the secrets of Norway’s success’. Minister Solvik-Olsen emphasised the importance of ‘vision zero’, aiming for zero road deaths in 2050, to keep a focus on reducing fatalities and serious injuries.
ETSC then took the opportunity to reflect on road safety in 2017 by presenting two reports, ‘Reducing Child Deaths on European Roads’ and ‘Ranking EU Progress on Road Safety’, alongside their landmark annual PIN Flash Report ‘An Overview of Road Death Data Collection in the EU’. ETSC Executive Director Antonio Avenoso presented the report, underlining that road safety, despite improving drastically in recent history, has stagnated since 2017. He further explained that ETSC would not award the PIN award to a Member State for the first time in twelve years in order to emphasise the need for improvement across Europe.
In the PIN Flash Report, ETSC set out a series of recommendations to the EU institutions and Member States. At EU level, ETSC call for Event Data Recorders to be mandated for all new vehicles and for that data to be made available on a mandatory basis for accident investigation in the context of the revision of the General Safety Regulation. Furthermore, ETSC call for drug-driving monitoring methods to be standardised and for the SafetyNet definition of a drink-driving death to be adopted. Concerning Member States, ETSC set out a range of recommendations regarding how road deaths are reported and how this can be improved, including by increasing the interconnectedness between the relevant authorities. Additionally, ETSC recommend that, where an accident occurs, that alcohol testing be obligatory and that the police have the right to access data to ascertain if a mobile phone was in-use.
Following the ETSC’s interjection, Mr. Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General, DG Mobility and Transport, European Commission, spoke on ‘The European Road Safety Strategy 2020-30’, noting that road safety should be viewed as a health issue. He placed a firm emphasis on the vitality of fixed targets, such as that of zero road deaths in 2050, in ensuring that Member States are firmly committed to action, but also in that there is a clear aim, which exists, not necessarily to be achieved, but to be sought.
Lastly, Mr. Baldwin participated in a panel session alongside Manuelle Salathe, Secretary General of the National Interministerial Road Safety Observatory, France, Moyagh Murdock, CEO, Road Safety Authority, Ireland, Konrad Romik, Director of the National Road Safety Council, Poland, and Ellen Townsend, Policy Director, ETSC. During the debate, ETSC underlined that the European Parliament and Council must act quickly in order to adopt the proposals made in the European Commission’s Third Mobility Package before the end of the current legislature, noting that the revision of the GSR/PSR has already been delayed since 2015.