European call for advanced safety package on all new cars

EU member states have given strong backing to a package of new minimum vehicle safety standards.  If this legislation is passed, it will prevent 25,000 people from dying over 16 years – a massive step forward for road safety.

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Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council said: “We strongly urge members of the European Parliament to guarantee this package is passed without being watered down. 

“Car manufacturers are relentlessly campaigning to weaken the proposals by removing key life-saving technologies such as Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), and by deprioritising others, such as standards that would require lorries to have larger windows to improve visibility of pedestrians and cyclists.  The cost of undermining the package in this way would be counted in lives lost or changed forever.”

The final proposals will now need to be agreed in negotiations between the EU institutions after formal votes in the European Parliament’s Internal Market (IMCO) and Transport (TRAN) committees, expected to take place early next year.

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