Call for applications for the selection of members of the group of experts on the smart tachograph

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Road safety: Data show improvements in 2018 but further concrete and swift actions are needed

Fewer people died on European roads last year but more efforts are needed to make a big leap forward, according to new, preliminary figures on road fatalities for 2018 published today by the European Commission.

Safer Transport Platform: European Investment Bank and European Commission join forces to support investments in transport safety with special focus on roads

New investment support is part of the Safer Transport Platform, a joint EC and EIB initiative that addresses investment needs in transport safety in Europe

The “Safer Transport Platform – Road Safety Advisory” provides a “one-stop-shop” for technical and financial advice targeting road safety

Road safety: European Commission responds to need for safe and secure parking areas for trucks

400.000 safe and secure parking spaces are lacking in the EU. This is the conclusion of the study published by the European Commission today. Cargo crimes are more frequent than ever, and about 75% of these incidents are happening when trucks are parked in unsecure parking places. As a response to this critical situation, both for drivers and cargo owners, the Commission is promoting safe and secure parking areas, making available CEF-funding and it is setting up an expert group to implement the agreed standard.

Call for applications for the selection of members of the single platform for open road testing and pre-deployment of cooperative, connected, automated and autonomous mobility

The European Commission has set up an informal group of experts, the Single Platform for open road testing and pre-deployment of cooperative, connected, automated and autonomous mobility.

The group provides advice and support to the Commission in the field of testing and pre-deployment activities for Cooperative, Connected, Automated and Autonomous Mobility (CCAM). The group consists of up to 100 experts, appointed for a period of three years.

Call for applications for the selection of members of the single platform for open road testing and pre-deployment of cooperative, connected, automated and autonomous mobility

The European Commission has set up an informal group of experts, the Single Platform for open road testing and pre-deployment of cooperative, connected, automated and autonomous mobility.

The group provides advice and support to the Commission in the field of testing and pre-deployment activities for Cooperative, Connected, Automated and Autonomous Mobility (CCAM). The group consists of up to 100 experts, appointed for a period of three years.

Safety measure for drivers

Safety in the drivers’ profession and safety on the road in general is one of the main topic that UICR is working on. Actions or innovations to prevent accidents or minimize consequences are always on our agenda.

To improve drivers’ safety, UICR kindly asks every truck manufacturer to equip their vehicles in the production line with a seat belt cutter and a hammer to break a window.

In accidents, heavy trucks quite often tip over. It happens even when the vehicle is not moving e.g. when tipping or using different kinds of cranes. Thanks to modern construction of cabins and seat belts, the driver has good chances to survive the incident without any severe injuries. But when a truck is on its side, two problems occur: How to release a seatbelt and how to get out of the cabin.

When a seatbelt is under tension, it is hard or even impossible to release it. Then a seatbelt cutter in reach gives the necessary assistance.

When a driver has released the seatbelt, the problem is to find a way out of the cabin. A door facing upwards is too heavy to open. The only way out can be breaking the windshield or any other window. In case of fire, there is no time to waste. A decent window hammer is worth gold in such moments.

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Call for applications for the selection of members of the Commission Expert Group on Safe and Secure Parking Areas for Trucks

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Deadline for applications: 31 January 2019

Ban for Truck drivers to sleep in the cabin only in place for the weekly restime

Brussels. After long negotiations EU member states have agreed on Dezember 4, 2018 on new regulations for resttime for international truck drivers.

The ban for truck drivers on sleeping in the cabin decided by the EU transport ministers applies – unlike shortly before announced – only for the weekly resttime. “In order to ensure adequate working conditions for drivers, the weekly rest period must be spent outside the cabine,” reads the press release published Tuesday by the EU Council. For the rest of the nights the truck drivers are allowed to sleep in the cabin.


“There is an absolute cabin sleep ban throughout the European Union harmonizing without exceptions”, Austria’s Transport Minister Norbert Hofer (FPÖ) had said after the meeting in Brussels. However, a spokeswoman for the EU Council made clear to the German Press Agency (dpa) that this applies only to the weekly rest period, not for the overnight stay after a regular shift.

A total ban would not work.

This regulation concerns about 2 million long distance truck drivers. The new regulation will call for more safe and secure truck parkings since the driver has to leave his vehicle unprotected in a parking area.

EU Parking conference

ESPORG (European Secure Parking Organization) and its project partners are preparing to conclude a one-year long study aimed at defining common standards for safe and secure truck parking areas, to step up the development of this infrastructure across the EU. 
 
The final event dedicated to this joint effort, organized on November 6, 2018 by the European Commission, was the final opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback and input, including a new comfort and security related standard for truck parking areas. The aim is to modernize the existing LABEL standard and to seek further alignment of the certification processes for truck parking areas in the EU. As a member of the advisory board which overviewed the project for the European Commission, UICR has been closely involved in this study which will be published by the end of the year. 

Ralph Meyer, who representedUICR in the advisory board, said at the final conference, “If we want toattract young professionals and especially women drivers, we need to offer themadequate working conditions. They deserve more safety and better services.” TheEU and Governments should give much stronger priority to tackling cargo crimewhich costs €6-7 billion annually to the European economy. But that is not thewhole story. Ralph Meyer concludes, “behind every attack there is a driver whosuffers and with him/her the whole family”. UICR will welcome the integrationof this new EU truck parking certification standard in the EU legislation as anincentive not only to establish more truck parking areas, but also to ensurethat drivers benefit from safe and comfortable rest places.

Several intersting videos to watch:
>>> Parking at Kalken, Belgium
>>> Parking at Lugoj, Romania
>>> Parking at Beziers, France
>>> Parking at Barcelona, Spain

European Commission presents final road safety figures for 2017 on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

The European Commission commemorates on Sunday 18 November the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, a day to remember those killed or injured on roads.

European Commission presents final road safety figures for 2017 on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

The European Commission commemorates on Sunday 18 November the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, a day to remember those killed or injured on roads.

FINAL CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS

PROGRAMME FOR THE FINAL CONFERENCE ON 6 NOVEMBER 2018

Transport Commissioner Bulc announces new European Coordinator for Road Safety

EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc today announced the appointment of Matthew Baldwin as European Coordinator for Road Safety to help drive forward the new road safety strategy as set out  under the key actions in the Commission's third Mobility Package to modernise Europe's transport system in May 2018.

Transport Commissioner Bulc announces new European Coordinator for Road Safety

EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc today announced the appointment of Matthew Baldwin as European Coordinator for Road Safety to help drive forward the new road safety strategy as set out  under the key actions in the Commission's third Mobility Package to modernise Europe's transport system in May 2018.

Call for applications for the selection of new observers of the expert group on land transport security

Deadline for applications: 26 October 2018

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Call for applications for the selection of new observers of the expert group on land transport security

Deadline for applications: 26 October 2018

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The parliament allows passing on the right on Swiss freeways

BERN – The parliament wants to allow passing on the right lane(s) on freeways. A measure that shall effect the flow of traffic and more space on the road. Both chambers of the Swiss parliament have agreed on the proposal recently.

 

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Proposal of longer vehicles in Finland

The biggest vehicle combinations in normal road transport in Europe are in Finland. Now they are going to be even bigger.

In March the Ministry of Traffic and Communications (MINTC) in Finland published a proposal of new regulations of heavy vehicle measures. The maximum length of the vehicle combination will be increased from 25,25 meters to 34,50 meters, but the maximum weight will be 76 tonnes as it is today.

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