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Firms urged to fit AEB to fleet cars as PACTS event highlights benefits

That’s the message from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) ahead of its Safer Vehicles 2016 conference on 14 June in Westminster.

The event will spotlight how AEB is the single most important vehicle safety feature that should be adopted as standard equipment on all new cars on sale in the UK.

“AEB is the key to progress in road safety on many fronts,” said David Davies, executive director of PACTS. “Already mandated for most new HGVs, the most advanced car systems can be effective in avoiding collisions with pedestrians and cyclists. Even the standard type of AEB will reduce the risk of low-speed car-to-car crashes by up to 40%.

“We would like AEB to be standard on all new cars on sale in the UK by 2022 – but vehicle manufacturers could voluntarily accelerate this by moving AEB from optional to standard fit, and fleet decision-makers and consumers can drive this demand by opting for safety as a priority.”

The event will also see a panel of national and international experts on vehicle safety speak, including: Richard Burden, shadow minister for strategic transport, David Ward, secretary general, Global NCAP and Dr Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general, EuroNCAP.

For booking and further information: http://www.pacts.org.uk/2016/03/pacts-announces-safer-vehicles-conference/

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.