A coalition of transport and road safety organisations is calling on the UK Government to pledge its support for European Commission plans to improve new vehicle safety standards.
In a joint letter and briefing to roads minister Jesse Norman MP, the partners say improved minimum vehicle safety standards are needed to reduce road deaths and serious injuries.
The group comprises Brake, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), Living Streets, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), RoadPeace and Association of Car Fleet Operators.
Last year the European Commission published a list of 19 safety technologies which it is considering making mandatory. In the letter, the group urges Jesse Norman to support these measures and champion continued improvements under UK legislation following Brexit.
The technologies being championed for new cars include Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) and Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) – an overridable system for helping drivers stick to speed limits.
The EC is also considering measures specifically for HGVs, to protect pedestrians and cyclists, including improvements to lorry drivers’ direct vision.
Vehicle standards were last updated in 2009 and the partners says that significant advances in vehicle technology, which have taken place since then, make it “prudent to raise the bar and implement further cost effective life-saving safety measures as standard”.
The coalition concludes that improved vehicle safety standards are “crucial to ensure the effective delivery of the ‘safe system’ approach adopted by Britain, driving towards the ultimate target of zero road deaths and serious injuries”.
Category: Vehicles & technology.