The most recent accident figures published by the European Commission are alarming: For the first time since 2001, the number of traffic fatalities in the EU rose again last year. In the 28 EU member states, around 26,000 people were killed on the roads in 2015 – an increase of 1.2% on last year. In light of this, the EU’s strategic target of halving the number of traffic fatalities between 2010 and 2020 is in acute danger. ”All the more, therefore, all stakeholders are called upon to make every effort to reverse this trend and mirror the successes of previous years,” said Clemens Klinke – member of the DEKRA SE Management Board and head of the DEKRA Automotive business unit – at the release of the DEKRA Road Safety Report 2016 in Berlin.
This year’s report focuses on passenger transportation – in particular cars, which still account for by far the biggest proportion of individual mobility. The expert organization highlights the areas harboring the greatest potential for a sustained reduction in the number of road accident victims in the EU and describes the challenges this involves for people, technology and infrastructure.