Call for Juncker to reverse decision to drop serious road injury target

ERF, amongst experts and representatives of road safety organisations from across Europe, together with 11 members of the European Parliament have written a letter to President Jean-Claude Juncker urging him to reverse the decision to withdrawn plans to propose an EU-wide strategic target for reducing serious road traffic injuries.

The letter was sent on 9 June 2015, ahead of Thursday’s meeting of national transport ministers in Luxembourg where the target was set to be announced.  The announcement of the target has been dropped and no new date has been set for its publication.

The long-planned initiative had been reconfirmed in a Commission press release as recently as 24 March, and has already been strongly supported by member states and the European Parliament.

According to an ETSC analysis at least 200,000 people suffered life-changing consequences resulting from traffic collisions last year alone, an increase of 3% from the previous year. Furthermore, over recent years, declines in serious road injuries have not matched the reductions in road deaths.

You can find the letter with the full list of signatory parties here.