The EU is further from its goal of ‘halving road deaths by 2020’ than ever before, after the European Commission’s 2015 provisional road safety figures highlighted an unfortunate increase in road fatalities.
The 2015 figures reflected the first year that fatality figures rose rather than fell in a significant period of time – following a reduction of just 0.6 per cent the previous year.
Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Region I director general, Jacob Bansgaard, said: “We hope that the EU and Member States see these figures as a wakeup call.
“New challenges, such as driver distraction, are emerging today that are linked to a broader use of technology and should be addressed in their own right.
“However, some low hanging fruit such as: mandating existing safety technologies such as automatic emergency braking (AEB); improving the training of novice drivers; and ensuring an adequate standard for our roads, would already go a long way to improving the situation.”
The FIA is calling for improved education on road safety throughout the EU.
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