The European Commission should include vehicle safety standards in its upcoming mobility package of road-based legislation, FEVR is among a group of associations who signed a letter to Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska sent today.
Industry, NGOs and cities call for urgent action on vehicle safety standards
24 May 2017
Brussels – A coalition of industry, NGOs, consumer groups and cities are calling on the European Commission to urgently bring forward new minimum safety standards for new cars, vans and trucks, after years of delays. The European Commission is expected to announce a new package of transport legislation next week, the groups are calling for an announcement on updates to vehicle safety regulations to be included.
The Commission’s legislative proposals on safety were recently pushed back until 2018 pending a consultation. The associations said in their letter, that the delay is “totally unacceptable.”
“Ambitious safety standards benefit the automotive industry by helping European vehicle and technology producers maintain their global lead in safety technology,” the letter said. “This strengthens their competitive position in the European market but also increases export opportunities.”
Jeannot Mersch, FEVR president said: “especially vehicle safety standards that could save many lives and reduce serious injuries among vulnerable road users are urgently needed, since casualty reduction among these users has not progressed in many EU member countries”