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Vehicle Safety

Public Consultation:
Saving Lives with Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
(Deadline for comments: 17 November 2006)

Over the past years, cars and trucks have become increasingly safer. Automotive manufacturers have worked to protect the passenger of cars and also third parties in case of an accident (so-called passive safety). The progress has been achieved through European Union type approval legislation, but also through market-based efforts of industry, such as the NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) initiatives, which provide a safety rating for new passenger cars, based on crash-tests.

Active safety devices are conceived to avoid an accident, using state of the art information technology within the car and also in communication with other cars or infrastructures. Much of these new technologies are developed, demonstrated and deployed within the European e-Safety initiative. Further advanced systems are being put in place to speed up rescue efforts after an accident, via the eCall project.

Since 9 May 2006, Directive 2003/20 requests everybody needs to fasten their seatbelts in vehicles where they are available (Read the press release).

A proposal for a Directive on the retrofitting of mirrors to heavy goods vehicles registered in the Community has been adopted by the Commission on 5 October 2006. The text of the adopted Directive proposal, the Impact Assessment with its Summary and the press release for the adoption are available:

Public consultation on blind spot mirrors

In April and May 2006, the services of the inland transport directorate of the Directorate General for Energy and Transport of the European Commission launched a public consultation ("Safer Trucks through Blind Spot Mirrors") on their approach to road infrastructure safety management, with a view to preparing a proposal for a Council and Parliament Directive on this matter.

The consultation process was concluded on 19 May 2006.

38 Comments were received from national governments, research institutes and experts in the field of road safety, health, transport and road safety organisations, users associations and road operators associations.

Individual contributions in alphabetical order:

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