MEPs advance plans for new car safety tech to be mandatory
The European Parliament’s Transport Committee has called for new European Commission legislation to be implemented to make a range of life-saving technologies mandatory.
In a non-binding resolution responding to a report by the European Commission, ‘Saving Lives: Boosting Car Safety in the EU’, adopted today (12 October) in Brussels, the committee said that “more effective measures” are needed to reach a goal of “no fatalities” and called for new cars to be fitted as standard with a range of life-saving technologies including automated emergency braking, intelligent speed assistance and intelligent seatbelt reminders in all seats.
The resolution calls for the legislation to be proposed by the European Commission no later than the first quarter of 2018 and follows the publication last December of a report that details 19 technologies which the European Commission said could decrease the number of road victims and help prevent accidents.
Mandatory safety standards for new cars sold on the European market have not been updated since 2009 when automated emergency braking became mandatory for new lorries but not cars. In the US, carmakers have voluntarily agreed to fit automated emergency braking as standard by 2022.
Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “We continue to call on the UK government to ensure its voice is heard in Europe, supporting the introduction of all 19 safety measures listed in the EC’s December 2016 report, and ensuring these measures are retained and further developed after Brexit.
“Improved vehicle standards, along with better investigation of the causes of crashes and injuries, are crucial to deliver the ‘safe system’ approach adopted by Britain, driving towards the ultimate target of zero road deaths.”