Reducing Older People’s Deaths on European Roads

Organisation: European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)

Date of Publication: November 2023

Uploaded to Knowledge Centre: 14 November 2023

The European Union and national governments must adapt road safety policy to the needs of an ageing population, improving the safety of older pedestrians and cyclists with safe, well-protected infrastructure, while ensuring that older car drivers are not discriminated against purely on account of their age. 

These are the key conclusions of this report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) which sheds light on the vulnerabilities of older road users and calls for a comprehensive approach to ensure their safety while promoting active travel and independence.

The report highlights the heightened risk of trauma faced by people aged 65 and above in road collisions compared to younger age groups. Collisions that may result in milder consequences for younger people can have severe and sometimes fatal outcomes for older people due to their increased fatality risk associated with physical impacts.

Download the report from the ETSC website: