Road safety is a major concern in Europe, as 35,000 people are annually killed in road traffic accidents. The figure is alarming since it counts for approximately 97% of all transport deaths in the EU.
Road safety supports the process of developing measures reducing the risks of persons who use roads to be injured or killed.
Road safety measures are generally associated with seat-belts, air-bags and similar, but they cover much wider spectrum of matters which can be divided into three sub-categories: safety of operation (behavior), safety of infrastructure and safety of vehicles. Vehicle safety is one of the key strategies for improving road safety because it equally addresses the safety of all road users. Up to date the European Union has adopted more than 100 Directives relating to vehicle construction and vehicle inspection.
In order to improve road safety, CORTE together with CITA (The International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee) launched a Working Group on Road Worthiness in September 2015.