UK must play role in EC Road Safety Programme, says RoadSafe
Top of the European Commission's seven-point agenda is the use of active safety measures in vehicles.
RoadSafe director, Adrian Walsh, said: 'The vehicle industry has made huge strides in improving vehicle safety. Advanced seatbelt and airbag technology, for example, have made an enormous difference, contributing to a 12% reduction in road deaths in the last year alone.
'We are delighted that the Commission has formerly recognised the latest developments, including electronic stability control and emergency braking systems. There is no doubt that lives will be saved.'
RoadSafe also appeals to the UK Government to encourage the rapid introduction of smart vehicle and road technology, to accelerate the reduction in casualties.
The improved safety measures for vehicles in the European Commission's "Road Safety Programme" include:
• Mandatory electronic stability control (for cars, buses and trucks to reduce the risk of destabilising or rolling).
• Mandatory lane departure warning systems (for trucks and buses).
• Mandatory automatic emergency braking systems (for trucks and buses).
• Mandatory seat belt reminders (cars and trucks).
• Mandatory speed limiters for light commercial vehicles/vans (already in place for trucks).
• The Commission will examine the possibility of extending the implementation of advanced Driver Assistance Systems, such as anti-collision warnings, by retrofitting them to commercial and or private vehicles.
RoadSafe points out that these systems are already available in the market, but there is still a lack of understanding of their effectiveness. It adds that it believes that this is where dealers and those advising consumers can play an important role in making our roads safer, well ahead of the targets set by the Commission.