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Government urged to adopt 'lifesaving' road safety regulations

Government urged to adopt ‘lifesaving’ road safety regulations

Brake has praised ‘landmark’ road safety measures that have been voted for European Union countries, and urged the government to adopt these “lifesaving regulations.”

The road safety charity was responding after a committee of European MEPs voted for the implementation of a number of mandatory vehicle safety standards which, if put in place correctly, could apply to new vehicles in the next three years.

The raft of road safety measures have been agreed by the Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), with measures voted through including new crash testing requirements, mandatory installation of driver assistance systems such as Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection; overrideable Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA); and a new direct vision standard for both lorries and buses so that drivers have a better view of other road users around their vehicle.

The latter measure fits neatly in with Vision Zero commitments seen in London, to eliminate road collisions.

These measures were initially proposed last May, but now, significant progress is set to be made.

Brake is pleased to see approval of these safety initiatives, but Josh Harris, Director of Campaigns for the charity, believes the government must now put these regulations in place to end the road death “epidemic.”

He said: “This is a landmark day for road safety. The European Parliament has voted through life-saving safety standards for all new vehicles, which could save 25,000 lives in 15 years.

“We now urge the final negotiations to take place as soon as possible so we can make this step-change for road safety a reality.

“With 29 March edging ever closer, UK drivers have made their views perfectly clear – they want car safety standards in the UK to remain at least as high as those in the EU, post-Brexit.

“The government must commit to adopting these new lifesaving regulations into UK law as a matter of priority and help put an end to the epidemic of road death.”

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