Road safety targets - Monitoring report June 2022

Reporting period 2010-2021
Decae, R.; Goldenbeld, C.

The EU target of reducing road fatalities by 50% during the 2010-2020 period was not met. Norway and Greece achieved this target and several other countries reduced their number by at least 30/35%. The new overall target is to halve the number of deaths by 2030 with 2019 as the baseline year. The exceptional circumstances in 2020 and 2021 have led to a substantial decrease of road fatalities in many countries but this effect is likely to be temporary. However, the underlying trend remains downward. Based on preliminary figures, nine Member States (Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Cyprus, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Sweden) registered their lowest ever number of road fatalities in 2021. EU-wide, the fatality rate was 44 fatalities per million inhabitants in 2021. This was much lower than in 2019 when there were 51 fatalities per million inhabitants. But many of the countries performed even better than the EU average. The safest roads were in Malta (17 deaths/million inhabitants) and Sweden (18 deaths/million inhabitants) while Romania (93 deaths/million inhabitants), Bulgaria (81 deaths/million inhabitants) and Latvia (78 deaths/million inhabitants) reported the highest fatality rates in 2021. The change in year-on-year fatalities at EU level was modest at 5%, but varied widely between countries. Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia saw a substantial increase of more than 20%, while Denmark and Lithuania experienced a decrease of 17% during the last recorded year (2021).

20230056 ST [electronic version only]
Gepubliceerd door
European Road Safety Observatory ERSO, European Commission EC, Brussels


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