New EU vehicle safety standards could prevent 25,000 deaths within 15 years

Published Thu, 17/05/2018 - 06:47

  • European Commission announces major package of road safety measuresincluding new targets to cut road deaths and serious injuries in half by 2030;
  • World’s most advanced new car safety standards will make life-saving technologies such as Automated Emergency Braking and overridable Intelligent Speed Assistance a standard feature on all new vehicles; currently these features are only available as an option on some models;
  • Race on for proposals to be approved by 28 EU Member States and the European Parliament.

TISPOL warmly welcomes a package of measures announced by the European Commission to help reduce the 25,000 deaths that occur on EU roads annually.

In a long-awaited and very significant announcement today the European Commission set a new EU target to halve road deaths, and for the first time, serious injuries in the decade to 2030.  Importantly the Commission has also proposed a package of new vehicle safety standards that could, by themselves, prevent more than 2000 deaths every year by 2032, ten years after the measures come into force.

Ruth Purdie, General Secretary of TISPOL, said:

“This is a significasnt day for progress in road safety and we applaud the positive, bold action taken by the European Commission. Taken together, today’s announcements could represent the biggest step forward in road safety in Europe since the introduction of the seat belt.  Road traffic injury is still the number one killer of young people across the continent so these essential measures cannot come soon enough."   

Antonio Avenoso of the European Transport Safety Council, said: 

“Today's announcements alone will not make the difference; it is absolutely crucial that EU Member States and the European Parliament give their backing to the plans and that they do not give in to pressure from car manufacturers, who are already attempting to weaken parts of the vehicle safety proposal.”

The EU published four road safety measures today as part of its so-called third mobility package. They include an overall outline of the road safety strategy for the decade to 2030; new vehicle safety standards; updated rules on road infrastructure safety management and a strategy for automated driving.