The European Commission says reaching the EU goal of halving road fatalities between 2010 and 2020 will now be ‘very challenging’, despite a year-on-year fall of 2% in 2017.
The most recent figures published show that 25,300 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2017, 300 fewer than in 2016. However, the figure is only 6,200 (20%) fewer than 2010. Details include:
- In the UK, there were 27 road deaths per million inhabitants in 2017, a 5% year-on-year fall. With 25 road deaths per million inhabitants, only Sweden had a better record.
- The biggest decline in the number road deaths per million inhabitants came in Estonia – down 32% to 36; while the greatest rise came in Cyprus – up 15% to 62.
- The EC estimates that 135,000 people were seriously injured on Europe’s roads in 2017, contributing to an overall socio-economic cost of €120bn (£105bn).
Violeta Bulc, the EC’s commissioner for transport, said: “Road safety is of course a responsibility shared with the member states, but I believe that the EU can do more to better protect Europeans.
“The Commission is currently working on a series of concrete measures that we plan to announce in the coming weeks. The ambition is clear: saving more lives on our roads.”