Programme Director, European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)
ETSC is a Brussels-based independent non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing the numbers of deaths and injuries in transport in Europe. Founded in 1993, ETSC provides an impartial source of expert advice on transport safety matters to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and Member States. It maintains its independence through funding from a variety of sources including membership subscriptions, the European Commission, and public and private sector support. www.etsc.eu
Graziella Jost is Programme Director at ETSC. Graziella joined ETSC in 2005 and is responsible for overseeing all the ETSC’s projects. She also manages the iSAFER project focused on Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA). ISA is an overridable system that communicates the current speed limit to the driver using digital maps and speed sign recognition, and helps them to keep within the limit. Excessive speed is the single biggest contributory factor in fatal road crashes, and ISA is expected to reduce collisions by 30% and deaths by 20%. ISA would also help to avoid speeding tickets and reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.
ISA is already available as standard on vehicles including the Ford S-Max and Volvo XC 90, and London will start requiring ISA on all new buses from 2018. From local to global, companies and public authorities can play a major role in delivering road safety objectives by buying or requiring safer vehicles in their public and private fleet. http://etsc.eu/projects/isafer/