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Europe: EC Tells 11 Countries To Improve Their Roads

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Travel Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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It looks like the European Commission Open link in a new window agrees with most pundits that it's the roads that are dangerous and kills people, not speed. The EC has asked Belgium, Bulgaria, Ireland, Greece, France, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia to improve the safety of their roads.

According to a European Union law, all countries have an obligation to ensure the safety of their trans-European roads. Failure to comply will result in the case going in front of the EU Court of Justice.

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The directive in question (2008/96/EC) makes it mandatory for the member counties to ensure road safety impact assessments, demonstrating the implications on road safety. Audits need to highlight unsafe features of the road infrastructure, and steps need to be taken to improve the safety.

It's been years that the motorcycle associations have been fighting for a more adequate infrastructure. For example, here in France, for years the FFMC Open link in a new window has been demanding to remove all the decapitating crash barriers alongside the roads. Despite the fact that the French government has approved the project, very few crash barriers have been replaced, instead the money is sunk into more speed radars.

At least the European Commission agrees with us...


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