A range of new vehicle safety features will be incorporated into vans lorries and buses sold in Europe from 2022.
The news has been confirmed provisionally by the European Union (EU) after an agreement was reached in Strasbourg.
These vehicle safety features have previously been described as “lifesaving” and will include a new direct vision standard for buses and lorries that will give road users a greater view of vulnerable road users.
Measures of this ilk were proposed way back in May 2018, but progress has been made and a raft of vehicle safety features have been confirmed as those that will be fitted as standard in vehicles that fleet operators will use.
Mandatory installation of driver assistance systems such as Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) with cyclist and pedestrian detection will be included.
Elsewhere, Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and Lane Keep Assistance (LKA) will also be installed, as part of the drive to eliminate collisions, which are wholly avoidable; the new range of safety measures will help in this battle.
Brake, the road safety charity, welcomed the news, describing the day of the announcement as a “landmark” one.
And Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, has reiterated a previous call for the UK government to adopt these measures, as they will save lives of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
He said: “This is a landmark day for road safety. These measures will provide the biggest leap forward for road safety this century, perhaps even since the introduction of the seat belt.
“These lifesaving measures come at a vital time, with road safety in a concerning period of stagnation with more than 70 people still being killed or seriously injured on British roads every day.
“The government must commit to adopting these lifesaving regulations, no matter what happens with Brexit, with a recent Brake and Direct Line report finding that nine in 10 UK drivers wanted car safety standards in the UK to remain at least as high as those in the EU, post-Brexit.”