Brake has urged the UK Government to ensure that ‘life-saving regulations and standards’ are maintained and improved upon during the process of leaving the European Union (EU).
Brake says the vote to leave the EU ‘must not be seen as a move backwards’ when it comes to road safety and sustainability. The charity adds that the UK’s road safety expertise must be used ‘as widely as possible’ to save lives.
Brake says a number of EC regulations have a positive impact on road safety and sustainable transport in the UK, including vehicle crash protection standards, driver working hours and air pollution limits.
Brake points to three regulations in particular:
1. General Safety Regulation EC 661/2009 on vehicle standards: which sets out specifications to ensure the general safety of motor vehicles and trailers.
2. Pedestrian Safety Regulation EC 78/2009: which provides crash protection for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.
3. Regulation (EC) 561/2006 and Directive 2002/15/EC: which provides a common set of rules for maximum daily and fortnightly driving times, as well as daily and weekly minimum rest periods for all drivers of road haulage and passenger transport vehicles.
Brake also says the EU provides valuable opportunities for traffic enforcement and transport research agencies across the union to share best practice and knowledge.
Gary Rae, Brake’s director of communications and campaigns, said: “It’s vital that as we begin the process of separation from the EU, road safety and work on sustainable transport solutions is not compromised.
“Thousands of lives have been saved by improved transport regulations. Life outside the EU must not be seen as a move backwards when it comes to safety and sustainability. That will be down to the UK government to ensure that our own standards meet, and indeed, exceed, current European standards.”