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20% reduction in road deaths in Cyprus in 2010-2020

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20% reduction in road deaths in Cyprus in 2010-2020

Cyprus recorded a 20% reduction in road deaths in the period 2010-2020, according to the report of the Road Safety PIN program of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), which was published on Wednesday. The 15th Annual Report is particularly important, as it marks the end of the decade 2010-2020 and presents progress towards the European target of a 50% reduction in road deaths during this period.

Cyprus has recorded a very significant success in reducing serious injuries from 2010 to 2019 with a rate of 42%, which rose to 64% in 2020.

The report mainly presents general road safety data at the end of 2020 in the 27 Member States of the European Union (EU27), as well as in Switzerland, Israel, Norway, Serbia and the United Kingdom. The report also mentions the new European targets for a 50% reduction in road deaths, but also, for the first time, serious injuries, by 2030.

It also sets out a series of ETSC recommendations to national governments and the EU to achieve these objectives, as well as information on policies and actions implemented in several of the PIN countries and the specific road safety data of each country.

Financial benefit of 156 billion euros from a reduction in deaths

The report states that 18,844 people died on EU roads in 2020, while in 2010 there were 29,691 road deaths.

A reduction of 37% was achieved, however, it is noted that until 2019, the reduction in road deaths was only 23% and in 2020 increased to 37% due to road traffic restrictions, to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nevertheless, if the numbers of road deaths remained at the level of 2010, it is estimated that in the decade 2010-2020 56,305 more road deaths would be recorded. The ETSC estimates the economic benefit to European societies from this reduction to € 156 billion.

Greece achieves 54% reduction

Although the collective European goal of reducing road deaths by 50% has not been achieved, all European countries have made progress and saved lives. Only one EU Member State achieved and even exceeded the target, namely Greece, which achieved a reduction of 54%. Non-EU Norway achieved a 55% reduction. Cyprus recorded a decrease of only 20%.

In terms of proportion of road deaths in proportion to population, Cyprus fell in 2020 to 21st place among the 27 EU Member States, from 18th place in 2019, despite a slight decrease in road deaths, from 52 out of 48. In 2020, Cyprus recorded a road death ratio of 54.1, while the EU27 index was 42.3.

The annual award “2021 Road Safety PIN Award” is awarded in Greece, for the great progress made during the decade 2010-2020 in Road Safety.

In an interview with ETSC, the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport of Greece, refers, among other things, to the following main reasons for this success and concern the implementation of the National Strategic Road Safety Plan 2011-2020, the 2010 recommendation of the Interministerial Committee for Road Safety, which has been chaired by the Prime Minister since 2014 and is supported by the National Road Safety Council and the construction of new highways with a length of 1350 km.

He also referred to the intensification of police checks for traffic violations and the effective use of light-tracking devices (cameras) in reducing the permissible level of alcohol while driving by professionals and novice riders, as well as motorcycle and moped riders and increasing penalties for offenses.

Serious road injuries

In addition to the EU failure to meet the road death target, there is an even greater failure to reduce serious road injuries, with a negligible reduction of 2.0% from 2010 to 2019, which rose to 14% in 2020 due to of the pandemic.

It should be noted, however, that Cyprus has recorded a very significant success in reducing serious injuries from 2010 to 2019 with a rate of 42%, which rose to 64% in 2020. These rates are the 2nd highest in the EU, after those of Greece, which recorded a decrease of 63% in 2019 and 71% in 2020.

Recommendations

Finally, the report sets out a series of ETSC recommendations to the Member States and the EU institutions, the most important of which for Cyprus is the pursuit of accelerating progress by all available means, including the implementation of proven effective enforcement strategies. in accordance with the Recommendation of the European Law Enforcement Commission.

Also the adoption and implementation of the “Safe System” approach for “Road Safety”, by managing all elements of the road transport system in an integrated way and adopting an approach of overall overall responsibility and accountability, including system designers and road users.

Recommendations are made for adequate public funding to enable and encourage the implementation of targeted measures at regional and local level and the adoption of road safety plans for the post-2020 period, which will include national targets for the reduction of serious injuries based on hospital categorization MAIS 3+, in parallel with the reduction of road deaths. Setting individual quantitative targets, based on efficiency indicators.

The Council also makes recommendations for the use of the data collected, for the design and updating of relevant data and data policies, and for the selection of measures based on sound evaluation studies, including cost-benefit assessments, where appropriate. serious injuries in the analyzes of the effectiveness of the measures.

Among other things, suggestions are made for a thorough quality assessment of existing road safety strategies, to assess the levels of implementation of the measures envisaged and their effectiveness in achieving the set objectives and to accelerate the collection and distribution to the European Commission of data on Efficiency, contained in the EU Road Safety Policy Framework 2021-2030.

MS are also called upon to include the maximum number of roads of primary importance in the context of the implementation of the new European Directive on Road Infrastructure Safety Management, in order to achieve the projected reduction in road deaths and serious injuries.

Recommendations are also being made to the European Commission, including calling on Member States to help reduce road deaths by at least 50% from 2020 to 2030, in line with UN commitments and targets for Sustainable Development, including the 3.6.

Establish a new service to support safe, smart and sustainable transport and, in the margins of the EU Road Safety Policy Framework 2021-2030, adopt a long-term business plan for 2030, including investments in measures and a timetable and procedures to achieve the two goals adopted for road deaths and serious injuries.

Recommendations are also made for the introduction of special measures to reduce serious injuries, in the light of the new goal, the adoption of legislation, where appropriate, instead of unenforced voluntary commitments and the integration of the Road Safety Strategy in the context of changes in mobility models, including new trends, such as automated driving (without driver intervention), the increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic, innovations such as electric scooters (e-scooters), but also the aging of the population.

It is also suggested to extend the application of the tools of the Road Infrastructure Safety Management Directive, to cover all co-financed roads and all roads of primary importance, both urban and provincial, and following the approval of the revision of the General Motor Safety (“General Safety Regulation”) is a recommendation for the use of provisions for the reduction of road deaths and serious injuries from the implementation of the General Safety Regulation of the Motor Vehicles (“General Safety Regulation”), with the introduction of a strong secondary legislation.

The EU 's automated mobility strategy calls on the EU to develop a coherent and comprehensive regulatory framework for the safe development of automated vehicles and the revision of type-approval standards to cover all new automated vehicle safety features, to the extent that an automated vehicle undergoes a test equivalent to a driving test. This should include high-risk scenarios for occupants and off-road users.

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