ETSC – European Transport Safety Council

PIN – The road Safe​​ty Performance Index

​​Switzerland is PIN Award winner 2017 

​According to the 11th Road Safety Performance Index Report, 2016 was the third consecutive disappointing year in terms of road safety in Europe. 25,500 people lost their life in traffic accidents, which corresponds to a decrease of 2% as compared to 2015. An increase of 1% had been noted in 2015, and a stagnation in 2014. In order to achieve the EU's goal of halving the number of road deaths between 2010 and 2020, annual reductions of 11.3% are needed in the remaining four years.

This report was presented at the PIN conference of the 20th June 2017 in Brussels, together with two PIN Flash reports: "Tapping the potential for reducing work-related road safety" and "Reducing deaths in single vehicle collisions". At this conference, the country that has made outstanding progress on road safety receives the PIN Award. 

This year, it was given to Switzerland (see part III of the 11th Road Safety Performance Index Report).

The ETSC Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) is a policy tool to help the 28 EU Member States as well as Switzerland, Norway, the Republic of Serbia and Israel improve road safety. It serves to identify and promote best practice in Europe. 

Launched in June 2006, the index covers all relevant areas of road safety including road user behaviour, infrastructure and vehicles, as well as road safety policymaking more generally.

​List of reports ​​and publications



Antonio Avenoso, ETSC Executive Director
Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, European Commission
Karl Pihl, Director EU Public Affairs, Volvo Group
Jürg Röthlisberger, Director of the Swiss Federal Road Office
Siegrist Stefan, Deputy Director, bfu
Yvonne Achermann, Research associate, bfu​

Picture credit: @etsc.eu


In the non-occupational sector the bfu aims at reducing the accident risks through research, target-oriented measures and to mitigate the consequences of accidents, thus contributing to a better quality of life. The legal form of bfu is the one of a non-governmental, private foundation.

The bfu strives for interdisciplinary preventive measures, combining and integrating the areas of technology, psychology, education, law, medicine, social aspects and the media.

The bfu wants to achieve safe behaviour as well as a error-forgiving environment through education, training, information, campaigns, leg​islation and techni­cal measures.

The bfu employs a staff of more than 100, 12 of them in the research department.

The Research department covers the following activities in the working areas Road traffic, Sports and Home and Leisure:

  • Epidemiology: descriptive and partly analytical
  • Development of Interventions: Field tests, Surveys
  • Evaluation: Process-, Impact- and Outcome –Evaluation of safety measures
  • Cost-Benefit-Analysis


Research results

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Road safety strategy – Basics Via sicura

bfu-knowledge base, Auswirkungen der Via sicura-Massnahmen, final report, bfu, 2010 – only available in german
bfu-knowledge base, Auswirkungen der Via sicura-Massnahmen, final report, bfu, 2010 (measures) – only available in german
Federal Action Programme for Greather Road Safety, Federal Roads Authority FEDRO, 2005


Articles and publications

Catalogue of bfu-publications​​