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Headway's reaction to EU plans on new vehicle technology

Thu 04 Apr 2019

A raft of new safety measures designed to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic incidents have been proposed by the European Union.

New cars, vans, lorries and buses sold in Europe will be fitted as standard with a range of new vehicle safety features, starting in 2022, according to a provisional EU directive on the legislation.

The Department for Transport said the system would also apply in the UK, regardless of Brexit.

The measures include new crash testing requirements, mandatory installation of driver assistance systems including Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and Lane Keep Assistance (LKA), as well as a new direct vision standard for lorries and buses to enable drivers to have a better view of other road users around their vehicle.

Headway’s position

Every day we support people whose lives have been forever changed due to sustaining brain injuries in road traffic incidents, so we welcome any new initiatives that can improve the safety of our roads.

Technology can play a significant role in helping to achieve this, as demonstrated by the introduction of seatbelts, air bags and more effective braking systems.

These new technologies will hopefully save lives and reduce the number of people sustaining brain injuries on our roads each year, particularly if accompanied by appropriate educational campaigns aimed at all road users.


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