Black boxes could become mandatory for new vehicles, according to a report in Fleet News.
The Fleet News report says that the European Commission (EC) has asked the transport research consultancy TRL to undertake a study on the deployment of event data recorders (EDRs) in cars, light commercial vehicles, HGVs and buses and coaches. TRL’s report should be available to the EC by the end of August.
The report says says that the majority of new cars and some vans and other vehicles are already fitted with the technology but there is no mandatory requirement or functionality standardisation.
TRL’s Dr David Hynd told Fleet News: “There is a demonstrable reduction in crash rates if a driver is aware of, and is reminded that, their vehicle is fitted with a monitoring system.
“If fleet operators use recorders and feed back information to drivers, then they can expect a reduction in vehicle damage and insurance costs among other benefits.”
An EC spokesman said: “The purpose of the study is to assist the Commission in deciding whether the fitting of EDRs in all vehicles or certain categories of vehicles could result in an improvement in road safety or have other positive consequences that would justify the adoption of European Union legislative measures and to assess the costs and benefits of such measures.”
According to Fleet News, a legislative proposal could be made early next year, but would then take a further two to three years to be adopted with manufacturers being given a lead time to become compliant.