Belgian road safety below EU average
20 September 2006, BRUSSELS — There were 112 traffic fatalities per 1 million residents in Belgium in 2004, earning the nation an equal 10th ranking with Slovakia in the 25-member EU.
20 September 2006
BRUSSELS — There were 112 traffic fatalities per 1 million residents in Belgium in 2004, earning the nation an equal 10th ranking with Slovakia in the 25-member EU.
This compared to high-ranking nations the Netherlands and Sweden, where 43 and 53 deaths per 1 million residents were recorded respectively.
Belgium is therefore a dangerous country when it comes to road safety. The number of deaths is higher than the EU average of 95 per 1 million residents.
In connection with the European 'car-free day' on Sunday, the EU statistics bureau Eurostat released its latest figures on Tuesday.
In 2004, there were 216 million cars in the EU, an increase of 38 percent compared with 1990.
The biggest increase was noted in Lithuania (a rise of 167 percent), followed by Latvia (142 percent) and Portugal (135).
Sweden recorded the smallest increase, with just 14 percent, followed by Denmark (20 percent) and Finland (21 percent).
Of all EU member states, Luxembourg has the most cars per 1,000 residents: 659. That is much more than second-placed Italy and Portugal with 572.
Belgium has 467 cars per 1,000 residents, giving it a ranking of eighth.
The EU average is 472 cars per 1,000 residents, compared with 759 in the US.
Despite the strong rise in the number of cars, the number of traffic fatalities has clearly declined.
In 2004, the EU averaged 95 deaths per 1 million residents compared with 162 in 1991.
Malta — with 33 deaths per 1 million residents — scored the best, followed by the Netherlands (49), Sweden (53) and the UK (56).
Latvia (222), Lithuania (218), Cyprus (160) and Poland (150) were by far the most dangerous nations in terms of road safety.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news