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Parliament backs compulsory seat belts

Publication date: 17 December 2003

The European Parliament adopted today three Resolutions backing legislative proposals to make seat belts compulsory in all motor vehicles (including minibuses, coaches, lorries and light commercial vehicles) from 2004 onwards. Until now, only private cars had to be fitted with seat belts. These proposals are a logical follow-up to the Directive 2003/20/EC on compulsory seat belts, which can obviously not be respected if the vehicles concerned are not fitted with seat belts. The proposed Directives are part of the European Road Safety Action Programme which aims to halve the number of road deaths in Europe by 2010.


The three Resolutions adopted today by the European Parliament relate to:
- COM (2003) 361 - COD (2003) 0128, a proposal for a Directive relating to motor vehicles with regards to the seats, their ancorages and head restraints, amending Directive 74/408/EEC
- COM (2003) 362 - COD (2003) 0136, the proposal for a Directive on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to anchorages for motor-vehicle safety belts, amending Directive 76/115/EEC.
- COM (2003) 363 - COD (2003) 0130, the proposal for a Directive on the approximation of the laws of the Memer States relating to safety belts and restraint systems of motor vehicles, amending Directive 77/541/EC

com2003_361_seats.pdf (47 KB)

com2003_362_seat_anchorages.pdf (159 KB)

com2003_363_safety_belts.pdf (67 KB)


Next step: awaiting Council common position

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