Portugal’s roads among the best

By Brendan de Beer, in News · 21-03-2019 09:40:00 · 21 Comments
Portugal’s roads among the best

Portugal is the European Union Member State with the second best roads of all 28 countries, according to a report released earlier this week by the European Commission.

The annual ‘Transport Scoreboard’ published in Brussels, shows that, in terms of road quality, Portugal ranks second among the 28 Member States, behind only the Netherlands and ahead of France, who is placed third.


The data in question used to compile the report, refers to a period up until 2017.


But despite having some of the best roads, Portugal remains among the worst for road fatalities.


In terms of road accidents, the report notes that “Portugal has seen a decrease in the number of road deaths since 2010 and is now close to the EU average”, but still only ranks 19th among the 28 Member States.


The study uses a rating system of 1 to 7 to assess the quality of a nation’s roads, with Portugal finishing with 6.05 points, while the Netherlands were handed the top score of 6.18 points.


The worst roads in Europe can meanwhile be found in Romania (2.96 points) and Malta (3.24 points). The overall EU average was set at 4.78 points.


In terms of road deaths, Portugal continues to lag behind its European partners, with 58 fatalities for every one million of its inhabitants.


The safest country for drivers and their passengers remains Sweden (25 deaths per million inhabitants), followed by the UK (28) and Denmark with 30.


Romania is once again at the bottom of the list, with 99 fatalities, followed by Bulgaria (96) and Croatia (80).


Upon the release of the report, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said it was going to launch awareness campaigns among drivers and pedestrians in order to reduce the high number of fatalities in towns and cities.


Minister Eduardo Cabrita said that more than 70 percent of all incidents occur in urban areas along with half of all fatalities, with a third of all these victims being pedestrians.


Last year, the European Union singled out Portugal in a report for failing to follow the example of other member states in cutting back road deaths.


A report by the EU revealed that the number of deaths on Portuguese roads rose 14 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, which it said was the second highest increase recorded in the EU, where the average actually fell by two percent.


In 2017, an average of 62 people per million died in Portugal (in the EU, this average was 49 per million), whereas in the previous year there were 54 deaths (EU 50) per million.


The Portuguese government has repeatedly said it will reflect on what intervention is necessary with regard to the three main issues, namely, people being run over, drink-driving, and accidents involving motorbikes.


With a rise in road deaths for the first time in decades, the ANSR National Road Safety Agency admitted that traffic fines issued had dropped by 20 percent in 2017.

Latest data by the ANSR has meanwhile also shown that the number of deaths onPortuguese roads fell from 98 to 96 during the first two and a half months of the year. Serious injuries were however up more than 20 percent, and some of these victims could still be counted as fatalities due to the nature of their injuries.

For the year ending on 15 March, road fatalities did drop from 522 to 510, with most regions reporting improvements.


The region that saw the biggest increase in road deaths was the Algarve, jumping 30 percent to 41 in the past 12 months. This total is only one fewer than the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, which has a population almost seven times greater than that of the Algarve.



Comments:

Must be April Fools day, you had me there, thought I read that Portugal had best roads in Europe. Seriously what are those buffoons at the EU smoking?

by Bob from Lisbon on 26-03-2019 10:38:00

Be Serious!
I agree that the Toll highways (mainly not much traffic) between the cities are well maintained but all secondairy roads are probably the worse from Europe.
The E125 (150 km long) among the coast line of the Algarve is so bad maintained and dangerous. There is an alternative and that is the A22 (definitely not in top condition) Toll highway parallel to the E125 but most of the Portuguese don't use it because they have to pay extra so they keep using the E125.
This report doesn't help the many fatal car accidents on the secondary roads. Please review and adjust report in order to push the Portuguese government to invest in better and more safe roads.

by Sebastian from Algarve on 24-03-2019 11:14:00

I'm wondering which standard the researchers used. Ridiculous conclusion. In the article also: "But despite having some of the best roads, Portugal remains among the worst for road fatalities."
Here is the proof that the research is flawed. There is a direct relationship between road safety and the quality of the roads. In particular the design and maintenance. There is still a lot to gain.

by Ton Egberink from Lisbon on 24-03-2019 10:46:00

The major roads are great - mainly because no one uses them due to high tolls - a believe a fact not mentioned in your report.
Good journalism means researching your subject and questioning people in power that are responsible for making decisions. You need to start putting people on the spot, ask awkward questions and not just cutting and pasting numbers from some report.

by Raymond Lehky from Lisbon on 24-03-2019 09:34:00

LOL Yeah, they're not bad, but what do you expect from a country that has sucked so much of the EU money. Don't forget, we are talking about one of the most corrupt countries in the world!

by Phil Rosa-Leeke from Lisbon on 23-03-2019 03:41:00

Excessive laughing is bad for your walls of your arteries...

by Two.Sugars.in.my.Tea from Algarve on 23-03-2019 10:58:00

But they are taught to drive 2 inches from your bumper before overtaking

by Colin Hardy from UK on 23-03-2019 09:31:00

It's very obvious that these EU representatives are side tracked into a false reality by our corrupt government. Our roads have never been so bad the so called toll roads have had a disastrous impact on our daily lives. The EU is sleeping on the job, come and talk to us on the ground.

by Eddy silva from Porto on 23-03-2019 09:31:00

No wonder Portugal is #1 in Europe for run overs and motor cycle accidents. The reason is a complete lack of speed checks by the police and poor driving culture. Cars and motor bikes are zooming over speed everywhere.

by Jan Lindroos from Algarve on 22-03-2019 11:47:00

Os this a joke? This is the most ridiculous article. Portuguese roads are dangerous, hence the high mortality rate. No Portuguese person would say otherwise.

by Ana Lopes from Lisbon on 22-03-2019 11:29:00

Is this fake news? The committee has certainly skipped the Eastern Algarve. Come and see for yourself!

by W. Witvliet from Algarve on 22-03-2019 10:37:00

LOL Yeah, they're not bad, but what do you expect from a country that has sucked so much of the EU money. Don't forget, we are talking about one of the most corrupt countries in the world!

by Phil Rosa-Leeke from Lisbon on 22-03-2019 10:33:00

Be serious!!
Maybe the highways (toll roads between big cities) are in good condition (without much traffic) but most of the secundary roads in Portugal are very, very bad maintained and probably causes the most accidents.
The 125 in the Algarve is really a joke. Never seen a road in my life so bad maintained. After some rain holes appear in the road. The E22 is a highway (parallel to the 125) and definitely not in top condition but you have to pay extra for it. Most of the Portuguese avoid this highway and take the secundary 125 as there is no extra payment necassary. So this road is busy all the time of the year but a proper maintenance? Nope.
Again what a useless report.

by Sebastian from Algarve on 22-03-2019 10:28:00

LOL Yeah, they're not bad, but what do you expect from a country that has sucked so much of the EU money. Don't forget, we are talking about one of the most corrupt countries in the world!

by Phil Rosa-Leeke from Lisbon on 22-03-2019 10:24:00

Be serious!!
Maybe the highways (toll roads ) are in good condition (without much traffic) but most of the secundary roads in Portugal are very bad maintained and probably causes the most accidents.
The 125 in the Algarve is really a joke. Never seen a road in my life so bad maintained. After some rain holes appear in the road. The E22 is a highway (parallel to the 125) and definitely not in top condition but you have to pay extra for it. Most of the Portuguese avoid this highway and take the secundary 125 as there is no extra payment necassary. So this road is busy all the time of the year but a proper maintenance? Nope.
Again what useless report.

by Sebastian from Algarve on 22-03-2019 10:21:00

I agree! This must be a joke. The committee has certainly skipped the Eastern Algarve. Never seen such bad roads as here!

by W. Witvliet from Algarve on 22-03-2019 10:05:00

What exactly is the criteria for 'best' and 'worst' roads.

Roads are as good as the people who operate and build them. I mean its not exactly that Portugal is a good country to make roads, as is the case with wine or olive oil, for example, it is not exactly an environmental factor.

The roads maybe well built but if people can't operate them properly (ie.: without killing themselves or someone else) what good are those roads anyway?

I would rather prefer to drive in Sweden, where the likelihood of death is much less, than in Portugal.

This feels like the perfect Portuguese excuse to not address the problem. If you start with the best roads, what room is left for improvement?

by Pedro Rodrigues from Lisbon on 22-03-2019 07:06:00

This is far from the truth, must be fake news!

by Erik from Algarve on 22-03-2019 06:31:00

Total clickbait, there's no such thing as good roads in Portugal, not even the most recent ones are well built.

by Filipe from Lisbon on 22-03-2019 05:54:00

Nice roads, shame about all the drivers!

by Dubby McSaligner from Porto on 22-03-2019 03:02:00

this is the joke of the day but not really funny

the 125 and the motorway torwards spain is a mess and i’m not surprised seeing more roads like this.

by Fiddy Zollinger from Algarve on 22-03-2019 02:06:00
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