Antonio Pinto Reis: the new ANIECA’s President
Congrats to Antonio Pinto Reis! Mr. Reis became the President of the Board of ANIECA. The EFA Board congratulates the newly elected president and thanks the outgoing president Fernando Santos for the support he has given to the European association in recent decades.
Below is a brief statement from the newly elected president:
“As the newly elected Chairman of the Board and on behalf of all colleagues from the governing bodies, I must greet with friendship, complete availability and renewed conviction in the associative value, all the directors and affiliates of EFA.
The general assembly of members elected, on 30 July 2022, the governing bodies of ANIECA for the four-year period from 2022 to 2025, attributing to them 92.16% of the total of 2155 votes deposited in the ballot box. On July 31, the elected members were sworn in.
The expressive vote gives us an honorable mandate and the inherent responsibility and determination to pursue the statutory purposes of ANIECA, to defend the rights and fulfill the expectations of the associates and to strengthen the associative ties.
As in the past, we count on the collaboration of all the governing bodies and associates of the EFA, we are available for dialogue and determined to seek, with you, the best solutions for the development of the activity and sustainability of driving schools”. Parabens Antonio!
Piaggio MP3 Life Support
In Italy in August 2022 an important revision of the Highway Code was approved, with an amendment allowing motorcycles used for health emergencies to be equipped with flashing lights and sirens. These motor vehicles (such as the Piaggio MP3 LIFE SUPPORT) can therefore be used for rapid medical intervention including basic first aid, for the monitoring of patients and for the transport of medical equipment necessary for first aid. They can also be used to transport plasma, blood products and blood components.
Driving licence directive revision on the agenda for Czech EU presidency
ETSC has published a new briefing on the revision of the EU driving licence directive. The directive is currently under review with a proposal from the European Commission expected later this year under the Czech Presidency of the EU which runs from July to December ETSC is calling for the Commission to maintain existing age requirements for driving licences and not to lower them for any vehicle category. ETSC would also like to see additional minimum requirements for young drivers such as graduated driving licences, zero tolerance on alcohol, and training to account for new driver assistance systems.
ETSC’s Position Paper on the Revision of the Driving Licence Directive 2006/126/EC
The European Commission is currently preparing a major revision to the EU Driving Licence Directive (2006/126). A main objective of the legislation is to enhance road safety: contributing to ‘Vision Zero’ and the targets of reducing road deaths and serious injuries by 50% by 2030. The recent EC evaluation of the implementation of the last revision of the Driving Licence Directive in the EU indicated that the law had a positive effect on road safety, and that future changes could contribute to the new EU targets. This position paper presents ETSC’s recommendations for the upcoming revision prioritising the elements which will have the highest potential for saving lives and preventing serious injury.
AAMVA and EFA
The collaboration between EFA and AAMVA continues. The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. This month AAMVA published in its newsletter the BLS project of EFA and ERC, to learn the first Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) maneuvers.
Read the AAMVA newsletter with the latest road safety news in the United States: here.
SRF produced programme: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) for Motorcycles
The Safer Roads Foundation has completed the final edit of the programme to advocate the standard fitting during manufacture of ABS to powered two-wheelers (PTWs) targeting policymakers and legislators in South East Asian countries. As always, the medium of video gets the message over in a powerful way, and when used in conjunction with ‘Stop The Crash’ practical demonstrations, the ABS programme should be an incredibly persuasive formula to get legislators/policymakers to act.
NHTSA Releases Initial Data on Safety Performance of Advanced Vehicle Technologies
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published the initial round of data it has collected through its Standing General Order issued last year and initial accompanying reports ummarizing this data. The SAE Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems summary report and the SAE Levels 3-5 automated driving systems summary report. Going forward, NHTSA will release data updates monthly. Read more at NHTSA or download their reports here.
Broadening Transport Appraisal
The ITF’s report examines what ongoing shifts in the objectives of transport policy mean for transport project appraisal and planning processes. Many countries are rethinking their transport policy and planning objectives. Their focus is increasingly shifting from providing mobility to ensuring accessibility; giving greater priority to equitable access for all; recognising the urgency of decarbonising transport; and making urban environments healthier, safer and more liveable.