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       Air, Land and Maritime Transport 11/10/2010
European Road Safety improving

CEOC member DEKRA organised its traditional conference to present its yearly road safety report to Brussels-based decision-makers, colleagues and various stakeholders from the transportation field. Henrik Hololei, head of the cabinet of European Commissioner Kallas, announced that the European Commission will initiate a global strategy on action on road safety and aid. Looking at the finding of the DEKRA report he admitted that, however road fatalities generally decreased since 2001, motorcycle accidents increased by 17%. It was generally agreed that motorcyclists represent a vulnerable category and that more and EU-wide concerted effort should be put in providing safer conditions for two-wheelers (for instance no bitumen fillings on roads which - under extreme hot or wet conditions turn into slippery traps).

In general, the role of regular inspections and its contribution to improving/maintaining safety was acknowledged. Mr Stefan Kölbl, CEO of DEKRA e.V. and DEKRA SE, stated that - apart from EU-wide mandatory periodical inspections - targeted investments in the road infrastructure would significantly increase the safety and decrease accident statistics.

MEP Dieter Lebrecht Koch would like to see an automatic e-call for emergencies binding for all motorcycles. His colleague MEP Gesine Meißner emphasised the importance of mandatory trainings and checks. Ms Marit Ruuda from the cabinet of Commissioner Kallas announced that the European Commission will come up with a proposal to make technical controls compulsory in the future in all EU member states. She stated the (cross-border) enforcement is equally important.

Next year's DEKRA report will focus on cyclists and foot passengers.

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