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European Commission welcomes European Parliament vote on vehicle safety features

European Commission welcomes European Parliament vote on vehicle safety features
Published on: 16/04/2019
The European Commission welcomes the positive vote in the European Parliament on the revised General Safety Regulation proposed by the Commission in May 2018.

As of 2022, new safety technologies (see full list) will become mandatory in European vehicles to protect passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. New technologies on the market can help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our roads, 90% of which are due to human error. This will contribute to the EU's long-term goal of moving close to zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2050 ('vision zero'). The vehicle safety measures include for example systems that reduce the dangerous blind spots on trucks and buses or technology that warns the driver in case of drowsiness or distraction. The advanced safety features will reduce the number of accidents, pave the way towards increasingly connected and automated mobility, and boost the global innovation and competitiveness edge of the European car industry. The European Parliament and the Council of the EU had reached a political agreement on this proposal in March (see press release). After today’s formal endorsement by the European Parliament, the Council of the EU now needs to formally adopt the Regulation before it can be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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Press release on safe, clean and connected mobility