Just three EU member states are on target to hit the target of halving road deaths by 2010 - and the UK is not one of them.
Only Luxembourg, France and Portugal have been able to reduce road deaths by over 8% yearly, with Belgium close behind.
In fact, the UK is the only large western country in the bottom third of an EU league table for the reduction of road deaths, according to the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).
An annual reduction of at least 7.4% is needed to cut road deaths between 2001 and 2010, but the average reduction until 2006 was only 4.9%.
If the target had been met, the 39,000 road deaths in 2006 would have been reduced by 5000.
At the current rate, the target of reducing deaths to 25,000 will only be reached in 2015 and not 2010 as originally hoped.
The UK has managed only an 8% reduction in road deaths between 2001 and 2006, compared with a 48% reduction in Luxembourg and a 42% drop in France and Portugal.
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