On 12 October, the European Parliament’s Transport Committee approved an own-initiative report that called for life-saving vehicle technologies, including autonomous emergency breaking, to be made mandatory for new cars. With this report, MEPs have made a strong statement in support of road safety.
Additionally, MEPs called for specific training for drivers to properly learn how to use advanced safety technologies. The resolution also included a call for financial incentives to support the uptake of such technologies and for training purposes.
FIA Region I welcomes the resolution and urges the European Commission to take action on this report and legislate the mandatory fitting of life-saving technologies into new vehicles. Furthermore, ensuring that drivers understand and can use these technologies appropriately will ensure that the EU’s already high road safety standards will improve significantly.
FIA Region I Director General, Laurianne Krid, said: “MEPs showcased strong commitment to effective deployment of advanced vehicle safety systems. It is not just about making technologies like autonomous emergency breaking mandatory. Drivers need to understand how these features work for a positive outcome. FIA Region I now urges the European Commission to take swift action on this report and begin work on new legislation that would bring these life-saving technologies to Europe’s citizens.”
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About FIA Region I
The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 113 Mobility Clubs and their 37 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists. The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind, the FIA Region I work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring. www.fiaregion1.com
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