Since the last European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) PIN report looking at the safety of goods and passenger transport was published in 2013, the transport sector has continued to evolve.
This report looks at the toll transport of goods and services has taken in terms of road deaths over the period 2010 to 2018. It examines the performance of individual countries, as well as the European Union as a whole, in tackling the risks, and describes some of the policies needed to reduce deaths and serious injuries in the future.
Unfortunately we were also not able to cover serious injury data for either HGV or LGV collisions – in this case because we are advised by the European Commission that the data are not available in enough detail and quality in enough countries.
At the heart of this report, as ever, are a set of disturbing figures that require urgent action. Thousands of people are still dying in collisions involving goods vehicles in the EU every year: many goods vehicle drivers, but even more car occupants and vulnerable road users. The solutions to preventing many road deaths associated with goods vehicles are available off the shelf and have been for years. There are some great examples of cities and countries taking bold action across Europe, but collectively we can and must do better.