Technical implications of road safety

Technical implications of road safety

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Technical implications of road safety


These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

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Technical implications of road safety

The technical implications of road safety cover both vehicle and infrastructure safety. By 2020, the European Commission aims to halve the number of deaths on the roads (in relation to the 2010 figures) in the European Union (EU).
To achieve this objective, the Commission promotes the use of modern technologies to improve road safety. It defines a legislative framework which aims to make vehicles and road infrastructure safer. The protection of vulnerable passengers is also a policy priority.


  • General safety of motor vehicles
  • Road safety: Road Safety Action Programme (2003-2010)
  • Road safety: cross-border application of the legislation
  • EC type-approval system for motor vehicles


Restraint devices for passengers

  • Passenger restraint devices on two-wheel vehicles
  • Compulsory fitting of safety belts

Vehicle protection in the event of impact

Reduction of blind spots

  • Rear-view mirrors and supplementary devices for indirect vision (until 2014)

Protection of vulnerable road users

  • Protection of pedestrians and vulnerable road users
  • Protection of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users
  • Vulnerable road users and frontal protection systems

Control devices

Intelligent automobile security systems

  • Le service eCall
  • eCall: Time for deployment
  • eSafety: the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for road safety
  • In-vehicle emergency call system “eCall” (Second eSafety Communication)
  • i2010 Intelligent Car Initiative (third eSafety communication)

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