Road safety: Commission calls for mandatory standards applicable to road infrastructure elements

On 8 April 2015, the European Commission (DG Transport) published an ex-post study on the effectiveness and improvements of the EU legislative framework on road infrastructure safety management.

The aim of this study is twofold: to assist the Commission with the evaluation of Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management and to investigate possible changes in the light of new technological developments. In terms of recommendations, the authors (Transport & Mobility Leuven) indicate that extending the Directive to all motorways could improve traffic safety.  In addition, they suggest establishing standards for certain road infrastructure elements or making their use mandatory as the authors believe this could help improve road safety and thus deserves more research. Here, the report notes that, in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation, different norms apply to road equipment and materials.  Although these norms provide great improvements in terms of harmonising European practices in terms of test methods, each Member State remains free to specify the requirement level - these differences have an important impact on the potential outcome in the event of a road traffic accident.  Therefore, the authors conclude that “establishing standards for certain road infrastructure elements or making their use mandatory could help improve road safety and deserves more research”.

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