Latest EU road safety figures reflect a 17% decrease in road fatalities between 2019 and 2020
The European Commission has published the consolidated data on road fatalities for 2020.
These figures show an unprecedented annual fall of 17% in the number of road fatalities in the EU compared to the previous year (2019). However, this was largely due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on mobility, and the drop in fatalities was proportionately less than the sharp falls in traffic levels across the EU.
EU policies are already evolving in this direction with the new mandatory safety measures introduced by the General Safety Regulation focused on protection of vulnerable road users (VRU), and European roads are currently the safest in the world, as illustrated by the latest Road safety report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The European Commission is also working to deliver its EU Road Safety Policy Framework 2021-2030 to halve the number of fatalities and serious injuries on European roads by 2030, as a milestone on the way to ‘Vision Zero’ – zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2050.
CLEPA fully embraces the Vision Zero, aiming at making car accidents fatalities fall to zero in the shortest time-frame possible. European automotive suppliers are the key solutions provider to achieve this ambitious target, constantly advancing and designing innovative safety systems that can save lives of road users worldwide.
Source: European Commission
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