ACEA reacts to new European safety ruling

Written by: Fuel Card Services, Last updated:14th February 2022

ACEA European Safety

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has given its reaction to a successful vote in bringing forward the new General Safety Regulation in vehicle standards.

Receiving positive affirmation from MEPs on Thursday (February 21st), the legislation has now moved a step closer to introduction. It sets out the mandatory inclusion of new safety technologies in vehicle design for all cars sold in Europe.

The main thrust of the new regulations will be the introduction, as standard, in all new vehicle designs of technologies to promote driver awareness and to create autonomous safety systems.

Automatic braking systems, driver monitoring tools to address issues of drowsiness or distraction, and automatic sign recognition are just some of the technologies now being developed.

ACEA secretary general Erik Jonnaert commented: “Despite a three-fold increase in traffic, road safety in Europe has improved significantly in the last 30 years.

“Maintaining this trend is important for an industry that prides itself on designing, producing and selling safe vehicles in probably one of the most demanding markets in the world.”

He added one note of caution in terms of industry expectations in regard to any new safety standard, highlighting the proviso that manufacturers be given sufficient lead-in time to develop new technologies before their application is required.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Ensuring the safety of all road users is vitally important and therefore the impending implementation of new European vehicle standards should be applauded.”

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