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EU: Transport Council

Volume 687: debated on Friday 15 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Statement by Lord Davies of Oldham on 6 December (WS 126–28), what was reported to the second Transport Council about the Ministerial Conference On Road Safety held in Verona on 3 and 4 November. [HL675]

The Finnish and Italian Transport Ministers, who were co-chairs of the fourth Verona Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in November, reported to the Transport Council on the outcome of the conference. The conference was divided into four sessions: children's mobility and road safety awareness; safety of two-wheel vehicle users; road safety planning and policies; and innovations in road safety, including technology. The discussions have been summarised in conclusions, which can be found on the website www.mintc.fi/english. The conclusions include the following points: a need for a new programme, going beyond the European Road Safety Action Programme: Halving the number of road safety accident victims in the European Union by 2010—A shared responsibility; the European road safety charter as a tool to involve stakeholders in sharing responsibility for reaching the target; and the necessity for new innovations, including new technology.