In 2022, more than 20,000 people were killed in road accidents in the EU, a 3% increase on 2021 as traffic levels recovered after the pandemic. Reason enough for auditors from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) to launch an audit on road safety to check whether the EU seems able to achieve its objectives.
The EU and UN target is to halve the number of road deaths by 2030, keeping the number of road deaths in the below 11400 per year. Ultimately, the EU is working towards the Vision Zero target of close to zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2050. In order to achieve these goals, the Commission established a common framework for road safety over the 2021-2030 period based on the safe system approach. This includes measures such as safe roads and roadsides, safe vehicles, more financial support and safe user behaviour.
Please find more information on the news post of ECA here.