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New EU vehicle safety legislation takes step forward

As from May 2022, safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency-braking system could be installed in new vehicles as standard.

The news comes as the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement for safety regulations which it claims could help save more than 25,000 lives and avoid at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038.

The new rules will require almost 30 different features or systems to be introduced in new vehicles of different types. While the majority of technologies will become obligatory in May 2022 for new models (cars which haven’t been designed yet) it could come into play for existing models in May 2024.

Anti-speeding technology called intelligent speed assistance (ISA) could reduce fatalities on EU roads by 20 per cent, according to Parliament estimates. It will alert drivers if they’re breaking the speed limit to encourage them to slow down.

The other systems that may be introduced in new vehicles include: automated emergency breaking, advanced driver distraction warning, emergency lane keeping, reversing detection system, alcohol interlock installation facilitation and emergency stop signal.

All vehicles could also be equipped with Event Data Recorders, which will store critical crash-related data a few seconds before a crash. They will provide crucial information for accident analysis and for reducing accidents in the future.

When it comes to commercial vehicles, trucks and buses would also be required to come equipped, as standard, with advanced features such as pedestrian and cyclist collision warning and blind spot information system. This ‘direct vision’ technology could be applied as from November 2025, meaning it is exempt from the 2022 deadline.

These changes were proposed back in May 2018, with the provisional agreement still needing to be confirmed by member states’ ambassadors