A report published by insurance company Direct Line and Brake, the road safety charity, reveals drivers want to see vehicle safety in the UK remain as high as the standards set in the EU, despite Brexit.
According to the data in the report, more than nine in 10 want safety standards in the UK to be at least as high as those in the EU.
The vehicle safety report from Brake and Direct Line comes as the European Parliament is set to hold a vote on new safety regulations.
Held on 21 February, the vote will seek to mandate life-saving technology through the new regulations, with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and Lane Keep Assistance (LKA) all potentially set to be installed in new vehicles entering the European market.
Estimates suggest the advantages of this technology will have a profound effect on the potential to save lives; between 2022 and 2037, it is predicted that approximately 165,000 people will be prevented from suffering from serious injuries or death.
These technologies – key to ensuring vehicle safety – have been supported by the vast majority of UK drivers; the fact that more than half wouldn’t spend more money to buy a vehicle with these safety features as standard highlights the importance of regulatory action, which would deliver the technology for everybody.
Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns for Brake, has urged Members of the European Parliament to support these safety measures.
He said: “The EU is taking bold steps to transform road safety by seeking to mandate life-saving vehicle technology, taking the onus off drivers and placing it on manufacturers.
“Drivers want these technologies to be fit as standard so we urge our representatives in the European Parliament to listen and give tehse measures their full support.
“The UK has committed to be at the cutting edge of vehicle development with huge investment in connected and autonomous vehicles – technologies which have the potential to eliminate driver error and save countless lives.
“It would be a tragedy if the government allowed the safety of vehicles on our roads to lag behind those in Europe and so it is vital that these groundbreaking EU standards are maintained, or improved, in the UK, post-Brexit.”