The European Parliament votes new rules for road safety!
Because European road risk caused 25,300 deaths on EU roads in 2017, and 135,000 people injured,
The EU institutions have reached a provisional political agreement on the revised General Safety Regulation. As of 2022 new safety technologies will become mandatory in European vehicles to protect passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_19_1793).
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. In May 2018, the Commission proposed to make certain vehicle safety measures mandatory, including systems that reduce the dangerous blind spots on trucks and buses and technology that warns the driver in case of drowsiness or distraction. 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 new mandatory safety features include (see full list here): For cars, vans, trucks and buses: warning of driver drowsiness and distraction (e.g. smartphone use while driving), intelligent speed assistance, reversing safety with camera or sensors, and data recorder in case of an accident (‘black box’).
The TOUCANGO team commends this momentum given by the European Parliament in favour of the compulsory deployment on all vehicles of an alert and assistance system to prevent drowsiness