TISPOL is committed to reducing death, serious injury and crime on Europe's roads. Its activities are guided by research, intelligence, information and experience, to produce measurable results that contribute to reducing casualties and making roads safer.


Belgian truck control finds many drivers using mobile phones


A total of 19 truck drivers received penalty tickets for using a mobile phone behind the wheel during a national Belgian control action on heavy transport last week. The Belgian Highway Police conducted this action on all Belgian Highways.

Attention was paid to respecting all regulations specific to heavy transport such as driving and resting time, cargo securing, maximum authorized weights and dimensions, business transport rules, vehicle documents and driving under the influence. Also, officers checked the use of phones behind the wheel.

Nine dead after Tokyo motorway tunnel collapses

A tunnel in central Japan collapsed on Sunday, sending debris crashing down on cars and triggering a fire. The collapse left at least nine people dead, according to official media reports.

Network television footage showed black smoke billowing from the 4.7 km tunnel in Yamanashi, about 80 km west of Tokyo on the main road connecting the capital to western Japan. Seven people were believed to be missing and two were injured, the fire service said. At least two cars were thought to be trapped.

Germany's goalkeeper presses home seatbelt message

A German goalkeeper is helping to press home the message for all car occupants to wear seatbelts, according to police in North Rhine-Westphalia.  Manuel Neuer, who is goalkeeper of Schalke, supported the successful...

Seatbelt arrests demonstrate how road safety and and security work in perfect harmony

PC Julian WealPC Julian WealTHE RECENT seatbelt operation (12-18 March) has given the opportunity for officers to demonstrate how road safety and security can work so well together. PC Julian Weal from the UK's Thames Valley Police, told TISPOL how a seatbelt check near his base at Three Mile Cross, near Reading, had brought two arrests and one truck prohibition after only 25 minutes.

German checks find one in three buses to be breaking the law

A recent week of safety checks on buses and coaches in Germany saw offences of some sort on one in three vehicles. The seven-day operation was part of TISPOL's Europe-wide initiative to enforce safety and speed regulations for buses and coaches.

French Gendarmes confront motorway hitchhikers

GENDARMES WORKING on the A36 autoroute in France were required to deal with a group of student motorway pedestrians at the...

Home and Away TV star joins TISPOL President to call for a safe Christmas

Home and Away actor Andrew Morley dropped in to the traffic corps in Dublin Castle a couple of days ago to say helloand to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas. Andrew plays the character of Spencer Harrington in the Australian TV drama.

TISPOL representatives join other stakeholders for truck safe parking conference

A Conference on Truck Parking Behaviour took place earlier this month in Brussels. Experts of Belgium's National Road Authority and the Police came together to discuss the topic of unsafe parking along highways in north-west Europe.

North Rhine-Westphalia police warn drivers not to take risks with alcohol in the pre-Lent carnival period

As Carnival celebrations continue before the beginning of Lent on Wednesday, the NRW police have been reinforcing alcohol breath testing for drivers. North Rhine Westphalia Minister of Interior Ralf Jäger warned all motorists before getting behind the wheel: "After a few drinks celebrating,  everyone should leave the car or motorcycle and go home by bus, train or taxi. Even a small amount of alcohol in the blood increases the risk of an accident."

Results of TISPOL's recent European alcohol and drug controls

A SERIES OF RECENT controls to enforce drink-driving regulations across Europe saw police conduct more than 420,000 breath tests in a seven-day period, of which more than 7,500 were positive. Motorists were also checked for...