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Parliamentary questions
7 December 2011
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Esther de Lange (PPE) and Corien Wortmann-Kool (PPE)

 Subject: Rear-end traffic collisions in the European Union

In 2009 there were more than 35 000 fatal traffic accidents on EU roads, and 1.5 million people were injured. The cost to society of road accidents is estimated at EUR 130 billion per annum. That is why it is important that strong action is taken to achieve the EU goal of halving the number of road deaths by 2020.

The most common form of car accidents in the Netherlands (51 % of cases) is the rear-end collision, in which the front of one car hits the back of another. New innovative technologies are available which can prevent this type of collision, such as the collision mitigation by braking system, which causes the car to brake automatically when it gets too close to an object.

At the moment, these technologies are sold only as an exclusive ‘extra’, if offered at all by the automobile manufacturer, which means that only a small percentage of drivers can make use of this technology.

How many rear-end collisions are there each year in the EU, and how many fatalities do these cause?
What steps is the Commission taking to reduce the number of rear-end collisions in the context of the aim to halve the number of road fatalities by 2020?
Does the Commission intend to encourage the use throughout the EU of innovative technologies, such as the collision mitigation by braking system?

Original language of question: NLOJ C 180 E, 21/06/2012
Last updated: 15 December 2011Legal notice