13 Oct 2011
20 mph update
As a member of the parliament’s Transport Committee Green MEP Keith Taylor had argued for the 20mph speed limit in urban areas to be included in the report. He commented: "Road accidents across Europe remain at unacceptably high levels and there is a need for a more concerted effort to improve road safety. The European Parliament has today signalled the right direction for road safety, notably by strongly recommending an EU-wide speed limit of 30 km/h (20mph) in urban areas. This limit would ensure drivers have to respect the same road rules no matter where they drive, making it easier for drivers and safer for all those on or near our roads. Lower speed limits in urban areas will not only have major safety benefits for all road users but will also reduce noise and air pollution and, as such, would be a win-win situation."
The overall target of the report, adopted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, is to reduce EU road deaths by half (from 38,000 in 2010) as well as reducing injuries. Various measures to tackle the major causes of traffic accidents – alcohol, drugs and speed – are included in the report. These range from recommending lower blood alcohol levels for new and professional drivers, fitting alcolocks which prevent driving if alcohol is detected to new types of commercial vehicle, reducing danger from ´blind spots´ and promoting safe routes to school.