19th July 2023: MOVING’s Survey results on cannabis in road traffic in Germany and its impact on the European legislation
In Germany the governing parties have agreed in the coalition agreement to legalize the controlled distribution of cannabis to adults. A Survey about cannabis in road traffic conducted by MOVING among driving instructors shows that: it seems that driving schools would be in favor of revising but not increasing the limit for cannabis of the THC in blood serum. Also, driving schools consider that current limit seems not to support the achievements of vision Zero goals. These are important outcomes that should be also taken into consideration in the New Proposals of the European Commission about Driving Licences (COM (2023) 0127) and driving disqualification (COM (2023) 0128). Zero tolerance rules on drinking driving should be also extended to the use of cannabis and drugs. This zero tolerance will contribute to improve road safety which is a prime objective of the Union Transport Policy and reaching the aim of reducing fatalities, injuries and material damage. It would be also necessary to prevent impunity among road traffic offenders and establish a new system allowing an EU wide cannabis consumption disqualification when a Member State decides to disqualify a driver because of the offence committed on its territory. You can find enclosed the results of the Survey.
28th June 2023: Poland wins international road safety award as deaths fall by half in ten years
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has awarded its 2023 Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Award to Poland for the first time. The country cut road deaths by 47% between 2012 and 2022, a rate only bettered by Lithuania, last year’s winner. The EU average reduction was 22%. Road mortality (the number of road deaths per inhabitant) stood at 50 per million in Poland last year, down from 93 per million in 2012. Mortality in 2022 was better than Italy (54 per million). Norway had the safest roads in Europe (21 per million) followed by Sweden (22 per million).
The announcement coincides with new analysis published by ETSC which shows road deaths in the EU rose by 4% last year, to 20,679. That number is still 9% lower than in 2019, the last year before the Covid-19 pandemic dramatically altered traffic volumes. However, ETSC is warning that a 17.2% decrease would have been needed since 2019 in order to stay on track to reach the EU and UN target of halving the number of road deaths by 2030.
The ETSC panel of experts cited several key elements in the decision to award this year’s prize to Poland in addition to the substantial reduction in road deaths:
- Poland’s comprehensive National Road Safety Programme 2021-2030 which sets targets to cut both deaths and serious injuries by 50%;
- A large-scale four-year Safe Road Infrastructure Programme;
- Expansion of the speed camera and time-over-distance camera network;
- An increase in drink-driving enforcement checks of 19% on average each year between 2010 and 2019;
- Introduction of the “emergency corridor” system of enabling emergency vehicles to access collision sites on motorways.
ETSC says speed limits and observed vehicle speeds in Poland are still too high. The 140 km/h maximum speed on motorways is the highest in the EU with the exception of Germany. ETSC has welcomed the decision to axe higher night-time speed limits in urban areas, which was replaced with a permanent 50 km/h limit in 2021. However, ETSC says Poland should also consider limiting speeds to 30 km/h on roads used by pedestrians and cyclists in urban areas.
4th May 2023: European Parliament – Dialogue between MEPs of the TRAN Committee and the European Commissioner for Transport, Ms. Adina Vălean, on current and future proposals in the field of transport
This Tuesday, April 25, 2023, the European Deputies who are members of the TRAN Committee had the opportunity to discuss with the European Commissioner for Transport, Ms Adina Vălean, about recent and future proposals in the field of transport. The Commissioner explained that the package on road safety was presented in March in addition to a proposal for a Directive on driving licenses to allow a better balance between road safety but alsofreedom of movement. The Directive on driving licenses will aim to contribute to solve the shortages of drivers by making the profession more attractive, in particular through special schemes for young people. Finally, Ms Vălean considered that a harmonization of driving licenses for drivers from third countries will be necessary to compensate for the lack of drivers.
Regarding future regulations, the Commissioner mentioned a new directive on combined transport which will see the introduction of a new instrument to measure emissions. In addition, measures on the technical inspection of vehicles will be taken, imposing technical inspections at regular intervals for new diesel vehicles. The Commissioner concluded her remarks by expressing the wish of the European Commission to make transport more sustainable and resilient.
4th April 2023: Driving without a licence poses a major risk to road safety – in all age groups. The Moving International Road Safety Association e. V. warns. Driving without driving licences.
30th March 2023: Road Safety Package: Exchange of views with the European Commission
On 21 st March, Mad. Depré, Head of Unit of Road Safety in the European Commission was invited by the TRAN Committee of the European Parliament to present the Road Safety Package which includes the new Proposal of the Directive on driving licences. MOVING participated in this TRAN Committee Session. Ms. Depré gave a short introduction about the state of the art in road safety figures in the different Member States. Overall, there were more than 20.000 people killed last year in the European roads. Few countries, like: Lithuania, Denmark and Poland have decreased the number of fatal accidents.
Concerning the Proposal of Directive on Driving Licences, Ms. Depré highlighted that the main objectives of the Proposal are: to improve road safety and the free movement of people. Ms. Depré stressed several changes, being relevant the following modifications concerning training and testing:
- A new European scheme for novice drivers with the inclusion of the accompanied driver`s modality.
- The inclusion of hazard perception and risk factors and ADAS to be tested.
- Probation period of two years after having successfully passed the driving test with 0 tolerance for alcohol.
- Inspiration of Green Deal in the new shift to automatic transmission.
- More permitted mass for category B ( increased to 4,25T) taking into account batteries’ weight.
- The age for professional drivers has not been lowered. However, they will have a quicker access at 17 years old.
- The European Commission wants to contribute to drivers shortage analyzing best practices for professional drivers in some countries as it is the case of Netherlands where the authorities are implementing very effective measures to attract young drivers to the profession.
3rd March 2023: Road safety: Commission proposes updated requirements for driving licences and better cross-border enforcement of road traffic rules.
The new rules will improve safety for all road users, and will help the EU achieve its Vision Zero – having no deaths on EU roads by 2050.They will prepare drivers better for zero-emission vehicles and for driving on city roads, alongside more bicycles and two-wheelers, and with many pedestrians around. They will also allow young drivers to gain experience through an accompanied driving scheme – from the age of 17, young people will be able to learn to drive and obtain a licence. Those who pass at 17 will be able to drive alone from their 18th birthday, and to work as a professional driver as soon as a specific job allows. This will help address the current driver shortage. More information.
4th February 2023: Another article “No false promises” worth reading about simulators and the mistakes that Fahrschule magazine published in the January print edition. Thank you for the permission to share it.
Simulators and the offer to take practice lessons on a simulator are now a permanent feature in the driving school world. However, those who want to advertise the advantages of the digital helpers must be careful to avoid some serious mistakes. More information you can find here.
2nd February 2023: An article from the magazine Fahrschule “Training in the sanctuary”: As digital aids, driving simulators can support the work of driving instructors and facilitate the first steps in learning to drive. What new products are there from the manufacturers? An overview.
20th January 2023: MOVING organized, the workshop about “The use of simulators in driver training” in collaboration with CIECA, the International Organization for Driver Testing. The workshop took place on the 24th of November 2022 in the headquarters of Springer Fachmedien München GmbH in Munich. Summary you can find here.
4th January 2023: We take this opportunity to inform you that the codified version of CPC Directive 2003/59/EC has been published in the Official Journal of the EU: It is Directive (EU) 2022/2561, which will enter into force on 12 January 2023 (replacing Directive 2003/59/EC).
It is important to highlight that in order to enhance the contribution of the Directive to road safety and the relevance of training for drivers, subjects relating to road safety should be dealt with in the training courses, such as hazard perception, the protection of vulnerable road users, in particular pedestrians, cyclists and persons with limited mobility, fuel-efficient driving, driving in extreme weather conditions and carrying abnormal loads.
The courses should also relate to intelligent transport systems and should evolve in order to keep pace with technological developments. Member States should be provided with a clear option to improve and modernise training practices with the use of information and communication technology (ICT) tools, such as e-learning and blended learning, for part of the training, while ensuring the quality of the training.
To ensure consistency between the different forms of training required under Union law, Member States should have the possibility of combining different types of relevant training: for example, it should be possible for them to combine training on the transport of dangerous goods, on disability awareness or on animal transport, with the training provided for in the Directive.
7th December 2022: ETSC: Reducing the minimum age for driving an HGV, Bus or Coach in the EU would increase safety risks
The European Commission is currently preparing a revision of the EU Driving Licence Directive 2006/126. A stated objective of the legislation is to enhance road safety: contributing to ‘Vision Zero’ and the targets of reducing road deaths and serious injuries by 50% by 2030. Despite the road safety aim of the legislation, the road transport industry has embarked on a lobbying campaign to reduce the minimum age in the EU for lorry driving to 18, with training starting at 17. ETSC argues that shortages of professional coach and truck drivers should be managed by increasing attractiveness of the sector, by improving working conditions and wages to retain current workers and attract new transport workers, not by reducing the minimum age requirements, which would increase risks to all road users. More information you can find below: Briefing – Reducing the minimum age for driving an HGV, Bus or Coach in the EU would increase safety risks – ETSC
21st October 2022: European Excellence in Road Safety award winners
A German collision hotspot map system and a Slovenian grassroots campaign to raise awareness of safety lanes on motorways were among the winners of this year’s Excellence in Road Safety Awards. The awards recognise the contributions of the European Road Safety Charter’s community of members towards the common goal of improved road safety across Europe. The four winning initiatives are examples of where organisations have delivered specific and measurable road safety actions to the benefit of their communities. The winners in the four categories – young people, technology, component of a safe system approach and professional drivers were:
- Preventiedienst stad Leuven (Belgium) for its VRKeer virtual reality initiative targeting young people.
- Initiative für sichere Straßen GmbH (Germany) for its EDDA+ Hazard Score Map project using multiple data sources to implement change and create safer roads.
- Zavod Reševalni pas (Slovenia) for its rescue belt campaign to raise awareness and change driver behaviour.
- Acciona Energía (Spain) for their Drive Safe Programme for their employees across multiple locations.
Initiative für sichere Straßen GmbH (Germany) was chosen by the audience at the awards ceremony this evening (17 October) to also receive the Jacques Barrot award. This special public choice prize has been awarded every year since 2016 to one of the winners and is dedicated to Jacques Barrot, a former European Commissioner for Transport.
13th October 2022: Symposium for driving school and professional drivers in Dortmund.
VerkehrsRundschau editor-in-chief Gerhard Grünig has organized the symposium “Driving School & Professional Driver – Challenges. Solutions. Future.” in Dortmund on 12.10.2022 opened. Around 290 guests came to Dortmund to find out about the innovations offered by the profession. MOVING is also there!
1st October 2022: MOVING surveys among driving schools and learner drivers on the topic of online theory instruction in driving schools, among other things. More information can be found in the EFA Newsletter of September 2022.
29th September 2022: Driver Shortage Report 2022
In Europe, driver shortage is steadily increasing, but is still expected to remain far from pre-pandemic levels in 2022. The driver shortage increased from 5% to 7% in 2021, and is expected to reach 8% in 2022 . This is the result of the increased demand expected for 2022 as mobility restrictions ease, and the decrease of existing drivers due to:
• Bus and coach drivers changing profession as the activity lost in the pandemic will not return
• Less young drivers being trained and accessing the profession, because of low activity, restrictions limiting training capacity, and the already low attractiveness of the profession
• Retiring old drivers who are not completely replaced with new entrants
There was a 7% unemployment rate in Europe in 2020, representing more than 15 million people, and 7 million in the scope of countries studied. This available workforce could largely cover the existing driver gap.
19th August 2022: The original Sustainable Development Goal target 3.6 aimed to halve road fatalities in the decade to 2020, but this was not met by any region (and very few countries). With the new Decade of Action on Road Safety (2021-2030) enshrining the resolve of the international community to halve road deaths by 2030, where do countries in the UNECE region stand? UNECE collects detailed road safety statistics for all its 56 member States, which can directly measure progress towards this target. Here, we will explore the different trends between countries and road users, as well as UNECE trends compared to other regions and the solutions available. Let’s dive in!
17th June 2022: Driver shortages surge, expected to jump up to 40% in 2022: new IRU survey
- Tight labour markets and high post-pandemic demand continue to feed shortages
- Higher wages in 2021 have not solved the problem
- Demographic crisis brewing with widening gap between young and old drivers
15th June 2022: Lithuania awarded road safety prize after deaths fall more than 50% in a decade
Lithuania is the winner of this year’s European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Award, in recognition of major improvements in road safety over the last decade. Out of the European countries tracked by ETSC, Lithuania was the only EU country to halve road deaths between 2011 and 2021. Among non-EU European countries, only Norway did better with a reduction of 52%.
31st May 2022: Pricing instruments on transport emissions
The TRAN Committee of the European Parliament has published a study which provides a general overview of the current and proposed pricing instruments on road transport emissions in the EU.
Support for the 2035 zero-emission road mobility objective
Call for a methodology for assessing the full life-cycle of CO2 emissions
Mitigate negative economic impact of the transition with targeted funding
Environment Committee MEPs are in favour of a pathway towards zero-emission road mobility in 2035 for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Wednesday, with 46 votes in favour, 40 against and two abstentions, its position on proposed rules to revise the CO2 emission performance standards for new cars and vans in line with the EU’s increased climate ambition. In the report, MEPs expressed their support for the Commission proposal to reach zero-emission road mobility by 2035.
4th May 2022: Entries for European Road Safety Charter 2022 awards are now OPEN!
European Road Safety Charter writes: “We are thrilled to announce that our Excellence in Road Safety Awards will take place on Monday 17 October 2022 in Brussels, Belgium and online. Our annual awards are the perfect opportunity to recognise the incredible achievements of our members towards the common goal of improved road safety across Europe. The projects we showcase during our ceremony will help to share knowledge and inspire the next set of road safety initiatives, allowing us to build greater momentum towards our Vision Zero goal – reducing road deaths to almost zero by 2050. The deadline for the submissions is 6 June 2022. The Charter team and the National Relays will be able to support your submission.”
8th February 2022: Neurophysiological study „The learning brain: in-presence vs remote teaching at driving school“ by Prof. Babiloni proves: Attention decreases faster in distance learning. Prof. Fabio Babiloni is a professor of industrial neuroscience and neuromarketing at the University of Rome “Sapienza” and the scientific director of BrainSigns, a spin-off company of the University “Sapienza”. BrainSigns has also been working in the field of road safety for several years and has recently completed a study on cognitive attention, assessing the level of attention and comprehension of learner drivers during a theory lesson, comparing face-to-face and remote (online) mode. It proves that didactics are experienced differently in the classroom and in distance learning. It turned out that the subjects’ engagement was initially similar in both situations, but the attention of the participants in distance learning decreased after 20 minutes. In addition, the distance learners made more mistakes when answering questions about the topics they had learned at a distance. You can read the full interview with Prof. Babiloni here.
7th February 2022: The ITF Road Safety Annual Report 2021 examines the development of road safety in the year 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. It assesses how the pandemic has affected mobility patterns and impacted the number of road fatalities. The analysis draws on data on road deaths from 34 member countries of the IRTAD Group. These are complemented by the more detailed crash and mobility data gathered via a survey of 24 countries, mobility data from Apple Inc. and data from the Oxford Covid-19 Governmental Response Tracker. Detailed country profiles are available for download (PDF format) too. Road Safety Annual Report 2021: The Impact of Covid-19 | ITF (itf-oecd.org)
15th November 2021: The 8th Driving Instructors Congress took place on 11 and 12 November 2021 in Berlin. MOVING e.V. was also represented. Together with Mr Brendel and Mr Arndt (AMS Brendel GmbH), Mr Satz (MOVING International Road Safety Association e.V.) gave the participants of the driving instructors’ congress insights into how you should organise your company and keep an eye on long-term goals and developments and which figures and developments are important.
16th September 2021: As this interactive map shows, the market uptake of electrically-chargeable cars is directly correlated to a country’s national income (GDP per capita), showing that affordability remains a major barrier to consumers in the European Union.
15th August 2021: The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) publishes this statistical Progress Report – now in its fourth edition – on an annual basis in order to monitor the availability of charging and refuelling infrastructure as well as the affordability of zero-emission vehicles. The aim is to track progress on these key enabling factors over time. This report an another information you will find below: 2021 Progress Report – Making the transition to zero-emission mobility – ACEA – European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association
13rd July 2021: About the death counter: The figures shown in the death countdown visualization and the associated day, month and year counters are global estimates based on the annual totals for 2016, or the last year for which data is available. WHO | Death on the roads
6th July 2021: Clean transport, Urban transport/New Urban Mobility Initiative: Five consultation workshops for stakeholders in June
In line with the priorities of the European Green Deal and the Sustainable and Smart Transport Strategy, transport – including urban mobility – should become drastically less polluting and undergo twin green and digital transitions, to build a resilient and sustainable transport system for generations to come. Additional information is available in the published roadmap. The European Commission’s new urban mobility initiative, currently under preparation, will operationalise these goals by proposing actions needed to address common urban mobility challenges like pollution, congestion, accessibility and urban road safety, thus improving people’s quality of life.
2nd June 2021: CIECA Annual Report 2020-2021 is available. The CIECA 2020 – 2021 Annual Report which provides information on all the activities that CIECA organized from September 2020 to May 2021 is available online CIECA 2020-2021 Annual Report
26th May 2021: IRU is calling on the World Health Organization and national governments to introduce urgently a global mutually recognised digital vaccination certificate for commercial truck and coach drivers. More information: IRU sends distress call to WHO and governments on COVID-19 driver vaccinations | IRU
4th May 2021: The EU Road Safety Results Conference was an opportunity to share progress on the implementation of the Safe System approach with EU Member State authorities and all stakeholders. In particular, participants could learn how work is progressing on the Key Performance Indicators set out in the policy framework Next Steps Towards Vision Zero. A forum for analysis and exchange between senior EU policy makers and the wider European road safety community was also provided. Under the link you will find the presentations: EU Road Safety – Results conference | Mobility and transport (europa.eu)
3rd May 2021: EC Consultation. Inception Impact Assessment Driving licences: The EC is launching this consultation in the context the inception Impact Assessment of the Driving Licence Directive (Directive (EU) 2006/126/EC). The results of the evaluation will be taken into consideration when preparing the impact assessment and looks at the ‘context’, ‘problem definition’ and there is also a ‘subsidiarity check’. It sets out the objectives and policy options of the revision the social, economic and other impacts. The last part looks at the evidence base. Here is the link to the consultation: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12978-Revision-of-the-Directive-on-Driving-Licences
26th April 2021: On 21.04.2021 we were invited to give a presentation on the topic of driving without a licence as part of a CIECA webinar. Enjoy reading!
23th April 2021: Matthew Baldwin: “I am delighted to welcome you to the first edition of the newsletter of the new and relaunched European Road Safety Charter.() With the relaunched European Road Safety Charter, we want to build a stronger presence at national level and increase awareness among different types of organisations and entities (such as the motor industry, research institutes, the education sector and non-governmental organisations). I encourage you to act now – reach out to organisations that you think could get involved, and form alliances at home and abroad with those with shared interests. Your actions, your monitoring of progress and your voluntary commitments to boost road safety are fundamental to achieving Vision Zero in Europe.”
20th April 2021: Road safety: 4,000 fewer people lost their lives on EU roads in 2020 as death rate falls to all-time low. Today the European Commission published preliminary figures on road fatalities for 2020. An estimated 18,800 people were killed in a road crash last year, an unprecedented annual fall of 17% on 2019. This means almost 4,000 fewer people lost their lives on EU roads in 2020 compared to 2019. Lower traffic volumes, as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, had a clear, though unmeasurable, impact on the number of road fatalities.
19th April 2021: The future is in your hands: This platform is the hub of the Conference on the Future of Europe. This is your opportunity to speak up, to say what kind of Europe you want to live in, to help shape our future.
10th March 2021: We noticed the discrepancy in the main menu when switshing languages. We are working to figure out the problem. Please stay put.
9th March 2021: Today the Commission presents a vision, targets and avenues for a successful digital transformation of Europe by 2030. This is also critical to achieve the transition towards a climate neutral, circular and resilient economy. The EU’s ambition is to be digitally sovereign in an open and interconnected world, and to pursue digital policies that empower people and businesses to seize a human centred, sustainable and more prosperous digital future. This includes addressing vulnerabilities and dependencies as well as accelerating investment.
08th March 2021: According to 2019 traffic accident data, Road Safety shows that women are less dangerous behind the wheel than men. On the occasion of the International Women’s Rights Day this March 8, 2021, the Road Safety reminds once again that women drivers are less involved in road accidents, figures to support. Read the full frensh article here.
2nd March 2021: The Journal of Safety Research has published an article “Analyzing the safety impact of longer and heavier vehicles circulatin in the European market“. The authors conclude, “The results show that countries that currently allow megatrucks to circulate have, on average, a lower number of traffic accidents and fatalities. Conclusions: Traffic of this type of vehicle is only advisable in countries where there is a certain level of maturity and proven success in the field of road safety. Practical applications: European countries that have allowed the traffic of mega trucks achieve better results in terms of road safety, although the accident fatality rate seems to be higher. Consequently, the introduction of mega-truck traffic requires prior proper preparation and testing.”
12th June 2019: MOVING raises awareness for the general problem of driving without a valid license. This issue does not only but all around the world. We want to encourage non-governmental and governmental road safety institutions to gather data on the topic and evolve ideas to tackle the problem. Read more in our recent press release and the Chart of the Month.
16th August 2018: MOVING is glad to present you to new and interesting insights in our daily work in English today. Form now on you can find two new documents in the facts & figures section on this page.
First, we did put together a little introduction of our organization and Goals in the MOVING Image Brochure.
Also, we want to put your attention on the first English version of our MOVING Driving School Report 2018, offering a detailed overview on the German driving school industry.
24th October 2016: The 5th October 2016, DEKRA-Spain with the collaboration of MOVING and the national Spanish Member ETRASA, celebrated in Madrid the presentation of the DEKRA European Road Safety Report 2016. It has been the first time that this Report has been presented in Spain. Read more.
24. October 2016: Since MOVING is very interested in new methods of teaching for young drivers and ways to integrate new technology in their education, we commissioned a study on the subject of the use of driving simulators in driving schools. The study was carried out by the Institut für Automobilwirtschaft (Institute for Automotive Industry) and presented at the CIECA Congress in Madrid in summer. Read more.
12th January 2015: Jörg-Michael Satz is new president of MOVING. Since March 2014 Jörg-Michael Satz was vice president.
1 July 2014:
Recommendations handed over to Ministry
Since several years now, the periodic training for all professional drivers in Europe is mandatory. Since 2006, the Professional Driver Qualification Act (Berufskraftfahrer-Qualifikations-Gesetz) regulates the mandatory training of professional drivers in Germany. Professional drivers have to provide a proof of having participated in a 35-hour periodic training every 5 years. In practice, however, there appeared significant implementation problems from the beginning. Uniform controls, content liability, tamper-proof certificates – all not existing.
Recommendations for a revision of the legislation have now been handed over to the Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Dorothee Bär, in the margins of the award ceremony of the young drivers’ initiative “Hallo, Zukunft” presented in Berlin. Read more (in German)
29 April 2014:
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has published the latest PIN Flash Report No. 27 today. Around 240,000 car occupants were killed in road collisions in the EU in the years 2001-2012. There was a reduction of 55% from 2001 (27,700 in 2001) to 2012 (12,345 deaths in 2012). The report shows the EU member states with the highest reduction rate in killed car occupants. Finally, the report gives recommendations to member states and EU institutions how to go on with this trend. One of the key recommendations is “Improve learning and qualification systems for novice drivers” – a recommendation MOVING strongly supports, because novice drivers still remain the road user group with the highest risk of being killed or injured.
You can download the report on ETSC website: