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28/10/2011

The European Parliament calls for alcolocks and harmonised alcohol blood limit

The European Parliament is aiming for halving the number of road deaths by 2020, and calls for more action from the European level. When it comes to alcohol and road safety, the report recommends compulsory fitting of alcolocks to all new types of commercial passenger and goods transport vehicles, and calls on the Commission to prepare by 2013 a proposal for a Directive for the fitting of alcolocks. Furthermore, the Parliament calls for an EU-wide harmonised blood alcohol limit, and recommends a 0 ‰ for newly qualified drivers in the first 2 years, and for professional drivers at all time.

The report also recommends the fitting of alcolocks to the vehicles of road users who already have more than one drink-driving conviction.

Alcohol is an important factor when it comes to road safety, and causes at least 10 000 deaths on European roads annually.It is estimated that 1 in 4 of all road traffic deaths involve alcohol. However, deaths are only the tip of the iceberg; for every person who dies an estimated 20 more people require hospital admission for serious injuries, 70 more people require hospital outpatient treatment and many are permanently disabled.

Traffic accidents due to drink driving directly cost the EU €45 bn in 2005.

Draft report from the European Parliament