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Club news: ADAC advocates for stricter braking regulations for HGVs

Publication date: 26 January 2017

In 2015, accidents involving heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) accounted for over 700 deaths and serious injuries in Germany. The Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC) calls for stricter regulations regarding braking system in HGVs due to the fact that rear-end collisions involving HGVs result in some of the most severe road accident scenarios.


Dr. Reinhard Kolke, Director Test & Technical Services at ADAC, said: “Today, the new emergency braking assistants already exceed the legal requirements. Therefore, these requirements should be tightened accordingly to allow faster implementation of the best solutions. The aim must be the mandatory fitting of effective emergency braking assistance systems in HGVs throughout Europe.”


Currently, the speed reduction prescription for braking assistance systems in newly registered HGVs weighing over 8t, is 10kph. As of November 2018, the systems must reduce vehicle speed by 20kph in an emergency. ADAC is calling, not only for greater speed reductions, but also for a re-design of braking assistant system in order to prevent manual or automatic deactivation


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