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2018/0129(COD) Road infrastructure safety management: improving the safety performance of road infrastructure

Progress: Procedure completed, awaiting publication in Official Journal

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead TRAN AIUTO Daniela (icon: EFDD EFDD) SCHMIDT Claudia (icon: PPE PPE), GRASWANDER-HAINZ Karoline (icon: S&D S&D), DEMESMAEKER Mark (icon: ECR ECR), VAN MILTENBURG Matthijs (icon: ALDE ALDE), KONEČNÁ Kateřina (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), CRAMER Michael (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Committee Opinion ITRE
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 091-p1-ae

Events

2019/10/23
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2019/10/23
   CSL - Final act signed
2019/10/23
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2019/10/08
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2019/10/08
   CSL - Council Meeting
2019/06/12
   Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2019/04/04
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2019/04/04
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 534 votes to 37 with 11 abstentions, legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management.

As a reminder, the proposal makes amendments to Directive 2008/96 / EC to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the road networks of the European Union by improving road safety performance.

Parliament’s position adopted at first reading in the framework of the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows:

Scope

The amended text states that the directive should apply to roads which are part of the trans-European network, motorways and primary roads, including sections of road built on bridges and sections of road that pass through tunnels, with the exception of tunnels covered by Directive 2004/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on minimum safety requirements for tunnels in the Trans-European Road Network.

The directive also covers entries and exits to parking areas along the network, in particular motorways and primary roads.

Member States may exempt from the scope of the Directive primary roads that have a low risk for safety, based on duly justified grounds connected to traffic volumes and accident statistics. They shall notify to the Commission the list of motorways and primary roads on its territory and, thereafter, any subsequent changes to that list.

Road safety audits

The Commission shall provide guidance for the design of “forgiving roadsides” and “self-explaining and self-enforcing roads” in the initial audit of the design phase as well as on quality requirements regarding vulnerable road users. That guidance shall be developed in close cooperation with Member State experts.

Network-wide road safety assessment

Member States shall ensure that a network-wide road safety assessment is carried out on the entire road network in operation covered by the Directive, evaluating accident and impact severity risk, based on:

- primarily, a visual examination, either on site or by electronic means, of the design characteristics of the road (in-built safety); and

- an analysis of sections of the road network which have been in operation for more than three years and upon which a large number of serious accidents in proportion to the traffic flow have occurred.

The first network-wide road safety assessment shall be carried out by 2024 at the latest and subsequent network-wide road safety assessments shall be carried out at least every five years.

The Commission shall provide guidance on the methodology for carrying out systematic network-wide road safety assessments and safety ratings.

Periodic road safety inspections

Periodic road safety inspections must be undertaken with sufficient frequency to safeguard adequate safety levels for the road infrastructure in question. The joint road safety inspections shall be sufficiently frequent to safeguard adequate safety levels, but in any case shall be carried out at least every six years.

Targeted road safety inspections shall be carried out by expert teams.

Road markings and road signs

Existing and future procedures for road markings and road signs must pay special attention to readability and detectability for human drivers and automated driver assistance systems. A group of experts established by the Commission shall, at the latest by June 2021, assess the opportunity to establish common specifications in this regard.

The assessment shall take into consideration in particular the following elements:

- the interaction between various driver assistance technologies and infrastructure;

- the effect of the weather and atmospheric phenomena as well as traffic on road markings and road signs present on the Union territory;

- the type and frequency of maintenance efforts necessary for various technologies, including an estimate of costs.

Information and transparency

The Commission shall publish a European map of the road network within the scope of the directive, accessible online, highlighting different categories according to their level of safety.

Member States shall endeavour to establish a national system for the purpose of voluntary reporting, accessible online to all road users, to facilitate the collection of details of occurrences transmitted by road users and vehicles, and of any other safety-related information which is perceived by the reporter as an actual or potential hazard to road infrastructure safety.

Reports

Member States shall provide a report to the Commission by 31 October 2025 on the safety classification of the entire network assessed in accordance with the directive. The report shall also cover the improvements in terms of technological progress and of protection of vulnerable road users. From 31 October 2025, such reports shall be provided every five years.

Documents
2019/04/03
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2019/02/27
   CSL - Coreper letter confirming interinstitutional agreement
2019/02/06
   CofR - Committee of the Regions: opinion
Documents
2019/01/11
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted the report by Daniela AIUTO (EFDD, IT) on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management.

As a reminder, the proposal makes amendments to Directive 2008/96 / EC to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the road networks of the European Union by improving road safety performance.

The committee recommended that the position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading in the framework of the ordinary legislative procedure amend the Commission proposal as follows.

Members considered that the Directive should apply to roads which are part of the trans-European network, motorways and primary roads, including sections of road built on bridges and sections of road that pass through tunnels whether they are at the design stage, under construction or in operation.

Member States should, in particular:

- ensure that road users are informed of the existence of any section with a high concentration of accidents, and that adequate signage and marking are put in place to warn road users when road works are carried out on road sections and may therefore jeopardise their safety;

- ensure that joint road safety inspections are sufficiently frequent to ensure adequate safety levels, but in any case carried out at least every three years;

- ensure adequate levels of intervention and maintenance to guarantee the safety of the infrastructure on the whole road network and shall put in place procedures and plans to intervene immediately if the findings of the inspections and of the network-wide road assessment highlight a severe safety risk;

- prepare and regularly update, but within a year at the latest after the entry into force of the Directive, a risk-based prioritised action plan to track the implementation of identified remedial action;

- ensure that appropriate information is provided at the starting point of each section of the road network in order to inform the road users on the current category of the section;

- publish and make accessible to the public all the relevant documents, affecting the safety of the infrastructure, of concession provisions within the framework of public procurements;

- establish a national system for the purpose of voluntary reporting accessible on-line to all road users, to facilitate the collection of details of occurrences transmitted by road users and vehicles, and of any other safety-related information which is perceived by the reporter as an actual or potential hazard to road infrastructure safety.

The Commission, on its part, should:

- set up guidelines for the provision and maintenance of “forgiving roadsides” and “self-explaining and self-enforcing roads” in the initial audit of the design phase, building on the experience of all Member States;

- publish guidelines to define a methodology to carry out systematic network-wide road assessments and inspections of high risk sections;

- develop minimum performance requirements to facilitate the recognition of road markings and road signs and to improve their connectivity and their interoperability with C-ITS devices installed on connected and automated vehicles;

- by 2020, establish common European standards to harmonise road markings and road signs, in line with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals of 1968’

- establish a central European register for all road signs and additional symbols used in the EU;

- consider revising the Directive 2004/54/EC on minimum safety requirements for tunnels by 2021 and should consider adopting a new legislative proposal on minimum safety requirements for bridges.

Members also stressed the need to develop quality requirements for infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists and to identify, at EU level, level crossings that pose a high risk to safety in order to invest in improving them.

Documents
2019/01/10
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2019/01/10
   EP - Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee
2018/12/03
   CSL - Council Meeting
2018/11/23
   FR_ASSEMBLY - Contribution
Documents
2018/10/29
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/10/17
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2018/10/02
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/09/13
   SE_PARLIAMENT - Reasoned opinion
Documents
2018/09/13
   CZ_CHAMBER - Contribution
Documents
2018/08/17
   CZ_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2018/07/19
   EP - AIUTO Daniela (EFDD) appointed as rapporteur in TRAN
2018/05/31
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/05/17
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2018/05/17
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2018/05/17
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries on EU road networks by improving the safety performance of road infrastructure.

PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: the EU’s strategic objective of the Union is to halve the number of road deaths by 2020 compared to 2010 and to move close to zero fatalities by 2050 (Vision Zero). However, progress towards achieving these objectives has stalled in recent years. The number of people killed on the roads has certainly been divided by more than two since 2001. However, in 2017, 25 300 people lost their lives on EU roads and 135 000 were seriously injured.

Directive 2008/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on road infrastructure safety management aims to ensure that road safety considerations are at the forefront of all phases of road infrastructure planning, design and operation. However, there are considerable differences in the way in which the Directive is implemented by Member States; many high-performing countries going beyond the requirements of the Directive while others are lagging behind.

This proposal forms part of the new EU road safety policy framework 2020-2030. It is part of the third mobility package and complements the process started with the 2016 low emission mobility strategy and the previous ‘Europe on the move’ packages published in May and November 2017.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the combination of options selected could save over 3 200 lives and avoid more than 20 700 serious injuries in 2020-2030 relative to the baseline (14 650 lives saved and 97 502 serious injuries avoided in 2020-2050). For 2030 alone, road infrastructure measures would result in 562 lives saved and 3 675 serious injuries avoided.

CONTENT: the Commission proposes to amend Directive 2008/96/EC in order to (i) improve the follow-up on the findings of road infrastructure safety management procedures; (ii) encourage the sharing of knowledge between Member States on these procedures and requirements; (iii) protect vulnerable road users; (iv) improve the deployment of new technologies; and (v) work towards a uniformly high level of road safety in the Member States.

Specifically, the amending proposal:

extends the scope of the Directive beyond the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) to cover motorways and primary roads outside the network as well as all roads outside urban areas that are built using EU funds in whole or in part; obliges Member States to properly implement and follow-up of all the road infrastructure safety management procedures (RISM Directive); makes it mandatory to apply the procedures of Directive 2008/96/EC to any road infrastructure project outside urban areas which is completed using Union funding should ensure that Union funds are not used to build unsafe roads; introduces a network-wide road assessment, a systematic and proactive risk mapping procedure to assess the ‘in-built’, or inherent, safety of roads across the EU. This new procedure takes into account historic accident data and the existence of already identified high accident concentration sections; specifies Member States' reporting requirements with regard to the application and results of road infrastructure safety management procedures and requires Member States to rank their road networks according to the level of risk identified in network-wide road assessments; requires joint road safety inspections of the transition areas between the roads covered by this Directive and the road tunnels covered by Directive 2004/54/EC; setting general performance requirements for road markings and road signs to make it easier to roll out cooperative, connected and automated mobility systems; and making it mandatory to systematically take vulnerable road users into account in all road safety management procedures.

Documents

  • Draft final act: 00069/2019/LEX
  • Commission response to text adopted in plenary: SP(2019)443
  • Results of vote in Parliament: Results of vote in Parliament
  • Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading: T8-0346/2019
  • Debate in Parliament: Debate in Parliament
  • Coreper letter confirming interinstitutional agreement: GEDA/A/(2019)002421
  • Committee of the Regions: opinion: CDR3591/2018
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading: A8-0008/2019
  • Contribution: COM(2018)0274
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE629.598
  • Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report: CES2974/2018
  • Committee draft report: PE628.414
  • Reasoned opinion: PE623.876
  • Contribution: COM(2018)0274
  • Contribution: COM(2018)0274
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2018)0175
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2018)0176
  • Legislative proposal published: COM(2018)0274
  • Legislative proposal published: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2018)0175
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex SWD(2018)0176
  • Reasoned opinion: PE623.876
  • Committee draft report: PE628.414
  • Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report: CES2974/2018
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE629.598
  • Committee of the Regions: opinion: CDR3591/2018
  • Coreper letter confirming interinstitutional agreement: GEDA/A/(2019)002421
  • Commission response to text adopted in plenary: SP(2019)443
  • Draft final act: 00069/2019/LEX
  • Contribution: COM(2018)0274
  • Contribution: COM(2018)0274
  • Contribution: COM(2018)0274

Votes

A8-0008/2019 - Daniela Aiuto - Am 66

2019/04/04 Outcome: +: 534, -: 37, 0: 11
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AmendmentsDossier
151 2018/0129(COD)
2018/10/29 TRAN 151 amendments...
source: 629.598

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  • date: 2018-11-23T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2018)0274 title: COM(2018)0274 type: Contribution body: FR_ASSEMBLY
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  • date: 2018-05-17T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2018/0274/COM_COM(2018)0274_EN.pdf title: COM(2018)0274 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2018&nu_doc=0274 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries on EU road networks by improving the safety performance of road infrastructure. PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council. BACKGROUND: the EU’s strategic objective of the Union is to halve the number of road deaths by 2020 compared to 2010 and to move close to zero fatalities by 2050 (Vision Zero). However, progress towards achieving these objectives has stalled in recent years. The number of people killed on the roads has certainly been divided by more than two since 2001. However, in 2017, 25 300 people lost their lives on EU roads and 135 000 were seriously injured. Directive 2008/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on road infrastructure safety management aims to ensure that road safety considerations are at the forefront of all phases of road infrastructure planning, design and operation. However, there are considerable differences in the way in which the Directive is implemented by Member States; many high-performing countries going beyond the requirements of the Directive while others are lagging behind. This proposal forms part of the new EU road safety policy framework 2020-2030. It is part of the third mobility package and complements the process started with the 2016 low emission mobility strategy and the previous ‘Europe on the move’ packages published in May and November 2017. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the combination of options selected could save over 3 200 lives and avoid more than 20 700 serious injuries in 2020-2030 relative to the baseline (14 650 lives saved and 97 502 serious injuries avoided in 2020-2050). For 2030 alone, road infrastructure measures would result in 562 lives saved and 3 675 serious injuries avoided. CONTENT: the Commission proposes to amend Directive 2008/96/EC in order to (i) improve the follow-up on the findings of road infrastructure safety management procedures; (ii) encourage the sharing of knowledge between Member States on these procedures and requirements; (iii) protect vulnerable road users; (iv) improve the deployment of new technologies; and (v) work towards a uniformly high level of road safety in the Member States. Specifically, the amending proposal: extends the scope of the Directive beyond the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) to cover motorways and primary roads outside the network as well as all roads outside urban areas that are built using EU funds in whole or in part; obliges Member States to properly implement and follow-up of all the road infrastructure safety management procedures (RISM Directive); makes it mandatory to apply the procedures of Directive 2008/96/EC to any road infrastructure project outside urban areas which is completed using Union funding should ensure that Union funds are not used to build unsafe roads; introduces a network-wide road assessment, a systematic and proactive risk mapping procedure to assess the ‘in-built’, or inherent, safety of roads across the EU. This new procedure takes into account historic accident data and the existence of already identified high accident concentration sections; specifies Member States' reporting requirements with regard to the application and results of road infrastructure safety management procedures and requires Member States to rank their road networks according to the level of risk identified in network-wide road assessments; requires joint road safety inspections of the transition areas between the roads covered by this Directive and the road tunnels covered by Directive 2004/54/EC; setting general performance requirements for road markings and road signs to make it easier to roll out cooperative, connected and automated mobility systems; and making it mandatory to systematically take vulnerable road users into account in all road safety management procedures.
  • date: 2018-05-31T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2019-01-10T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2019-01-10T00:00:00 type: Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee body: EP
  • date: 2019-01-11T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2019-0008&language=EN title: A8-0008/2019 summary: The Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted the report by Daniela AIUTO (EFDD, IT) on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management. As a reminder, the proposal makes amendments to Directive 2008/96 / EC to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the road networks of the European Union by improving road safety performance. The committee recommended that the position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading in the framework of the ordinary legislative procedure amend the Commission proposal as follows. Members considered that the Directive should apply to roads which are part of the trans-European network, motorways and primary roads, including sections of road built on bridges and sections of road that pass through tunnels whether they are at the design stage, under construction or in operation. Member States should, in particular: - ensure that road users are informed of the existence of any section with a high concentration of accidents, and that adequate signage and marking are put in place to warn road users when road works are carried out on road sections and may therefore jeopardise their safety; - ensure that joint road safety inspections are sufficiently frequent to ensure adequate safety levels, but in any case carried out at least every three years; - ensure adequate levels of intervention and maintenance to guarantee the safety of the infrastructure on the whole road network and shall put in place procedures and plans to intervene immediately if the findings of the inspections and of the network-wide road assessment highlight a severe safety risk; - prepare and regularly update, but within a year at the latest after the entry into force of the Directive, a risk-based prioritised action plan to track the implementation of identified remedial action; - ensure that appropriate information is provided at the starting point of each section of the road network in order to inform the road users on the current category of the section; - publish and make accessible to the public all the relevant documents, affecting the safety of the infrastructure, of concession provisions within the framework of public procurements; - establish a national system for the purpose of voluntary reporting accessible on-line to all road users, to facilitate the collection of details of occurrences transmitted by road users and vehicles, and of any other safety-related information which is perceived by the reporter as an actual or potential hazard to road infrastructure safety. The Commission, on its part, should: - set up guidelines for the provision and maintenance of “forgiving roadsides” and “self-explaining and self-enforcing roads” in the initial audit of the design phase, building on the experience of all Member States; - publish guidelines to define a methodology to carry out systematic network-wide road assessments and inspections of high risk sections; - develop minimum performance requirements to facilitate the recognition of road markings and road signs and to improve their connectivity and their interoperability with C-ITS devices installed on connected and automated vehicles; - by 2020, establish common European standards to harmonise road markings and road signs, in line with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals of 1968’ - establish a central European register for all road signs and additional symbols used in the EU; - consider revising the Directive 2004/54/EC on minimum safety requirements for tunnels by 2021 and should consider adopting a new legislative proposal on minimum safety requirements for bridges. Members also stressed the need to develop quality requirements for infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists and to identify, at EU level, level crossings that pose a high risk to safety in order to invest in improving them.
  • date: 2019-04-03T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20190403&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2019-04-04T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2019-0346 title: T8-0346/2019 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 534 votes to 37 with 11 abstentions, legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management. As a reminder, the proposal makes amendments to Directive 2008/96 / EC to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the road networks of the European Union by improving road safety performance. Parliament’s position adopted at first reading in the framework of the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows: Scope The amended text states that the directive should apply to roads which are part of the trans-European network, motorways and primary roads, including sections of road built on bridges and sections of road that pass through tunnels, with the exception of tunnels covered by Directive 2004/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on minimum safety requirements for tunnels in the Trans-European Road Network. The directive also covers entries and exits to parking areas along the network, in particular motorways and primary roads. Member States may exempt from the scope of the Directive primary roads that have a low risk for safety, based on duly justified grounds connected to traffic volumes and accident statistics. They shall notify to the Commission the list of motorways and primary roads on its territory and, thereafter, any subsequent changes to that list. Road safety audits The Commission shall provide guidance for the design of “forgiving roadsides” and “self-explaining and self-enforcing roads” in the initial audit of the design phase as well as on quality requirements regarding vulnerable road users. That guidance shall be developed in close cooperation with Member State experts. Network-wide road safety assessment Member States shall ensure that a network-wide road safety assessment is carried out on the entire road network in operation covered by the Directive, evaluating accident and impact severity risk, based on: - primarily, a visual examination, either on site or by electronic means, of the design characteristics of the road (in-built safety); and - an analysis of sections of the road network which have been in operation for more than three years and upon which a large number of serious accidents in proportion to the traffic flow have occurred. The first network-wide road safety assessment shall be carried out by 2024 at the latest and subsequent network-wide road safety assessments shall be carried out at least every five years. The Commission shall provide guidance on the methodology for carrying out systematic network-wide road safety assessments and safety ratings. Periodic road safety inspections Periodic road safety inspections must be undertaken with sufficient frequency to safeguard adequate safety levels for the road infrastructure in question. The joint road safety inspections shall be sufficiently frequent to safeguard adequate safety levels, but in any case shall be carried out at least every six years. Targeted road safety inspections shall be carried out by expert teams. Road markings and road signs Existing and future procedures for road markings and road signs must pay special attention to readability and detectability for human drivers and automated driver assistance systems. A group of experts established by the Commission shall, at the latest by June 2021, assess the opportunity to establish common specifications in this regard. The assessment shall take into consideration in particular the following elements: - the interaction between various driver assistance technologies and infrastructure; - the effect of the weather and atmospheric phenomena as well as traffic on road markings and road signs present on the Union territory; - the type and frequency of maintenance efforts necessary for various technologies, including an estimate of costs. Information and transparency The Commission shall publish a European map of the road network within the scope of the directive, accessible online, highlighting different categories according to their level of safety. Member States shall endeavour to establish a national system for the purpose of voluntary reporting, accessible online to all road users, to facilitate the collection of details of occurrences transmitted by road users and vehicles, and of any other safety-related information which is perceived by the reporter as an actual or potential hazard to road infrastructure safety. Reports Member States shall provide a report to the Commission by 31 October 2025 on the safety classification of the entire network assessed in accordance with the directive. The report shall also cover the improvements in terms of technological progress and of protection of vulnerable road users. From 31 October 2025, such reports shall be provided every five years.
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  • PURPOSE: to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries on EU road networks by improving the safety performance of road infrastructure.

    PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

    BACKGROUND: the EU’s strategic objective of the Union is to halve the number of road deaths by 2020 compared to 2010 and to move close to zero fatalities by 2050 (Vision Zero). However, progress towards achieving these objectives has stalled in recent years. The number of people killed on the roads has certainly been divided by more than two since 2001. However, in 2017, 25 300 people lost their lives on EU roads and 135 000 were seriously injured.

    Directive 2008/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on road infrastructure safety management aims to ensure that road safety considerations are at the forefront of all phases of road infrastructure planning, design and operation. However, there are considerable differences in the way in which the Directive is implemented by Member States; many high-performing countries going beyond the requirements of the Directive while others are lagging behind.

    This proposal forms part of the new EU road safety policy framework 2020-2030. It is part of the third mobility package and complements the process started with the 2016 low emission mobility strategy and the previous ‘Europe on the move’ packages published in May and November 2017.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the combination of options selected could save over 3 200 lives and avoid more than 20 700 serious injuries in 2020-2030 relative to the baseline (14 650 lives saved and 97 502 serious injuries avoided in 2020-2050). For 2030 alone, road infrastructure measures would result in 562 lives saved and 3 675 serious injuries avoided.

    CONTENT: the Commission proposes to amend Directive 2008/96/EC in order to (i) improve the follow-up on the findings of road infrastructure safety management procedures; (ii) encourage the sharing of knowledge between Member States on these procedures and requirements; (iii) protect vulnerable road users; (iv) improve the deployment of new technologies; and (v) work towards a uniformly high level of road safety in the Member States.

    Specifically, the amending proposal:

    • extends the scope of the Directive beyond the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) to cover motorways and primary roads outside the network as well as all roads outside urban areas that are built using EU funds in whole or in part;
    • obliges Member States to properly implement and follow-up of all the road infrastructure safety management procedures (RISM Directive);
    • makes it mandatory to apply the procedures of Directive 2008/96/EC to any road infrastructure project outside urban areas which is completed using Union funding should ensure that Union funds are not used to build unsafe roads;
    • introduces a network-wide road assessment, a systematic and proactive risk mapping procedure to assess the ‘in-built’, or inherent, safety of roads across the EU. This new procedure takes into account historic accident data and the existence of already identified high accident concentration sections;
    • specifies Member States' reporting requirements with regard to the application and results of road infrastructure safety management procedures and requires Member States to rank their road networks according to the level of risk identified in network-wide road assessments;
    • requires joint road safety inspections of the transition areas between the roads covered by this Directive and the road tunnels covered by Directive 2004/54/EC;
    • setting general performance requirements for road markings and road signs to make it easier to roll out cooperative, connected and automated mobility systems; and
    • making it mandatory to systematically take vulnerable road users into account in all road safety management procedures.
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  • group: EPP name: SCHMIDT Claudia
  • group: S&D name: GRASWANDER-HAINZ Karoline
  • group: ECR name: DEMESMAEKER Mark
  • group: ALDE name: VAN MILTENBURG Matthijs
  • group: GUE/NGL name: KONEČNÁ Kateřina
  • group: Verts/ALE name: CRAMER Michael
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  • date: 2018-05-17T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2018/0274/COM_COM(2018)0274_EN.pdf celexid: CELEX:52018PC0274:EN type: Legislative proposal published title: COM(2018)0274 body: EC commission: type: Legislative proposal published
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  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Industry, Research and Energy committee: ITRE
  • body: EP responsible: True committee_full: Transport and Tourism committee: TRAN
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    3.20.06 Transport regulations, road safety, roadworthiness tests, driving licence