EU’s new rules on vehicle safety to come into effect

New rules on general vehicle safety apply to all new motor vehicles sold in the European Commission from July 7 2024, the European Commission (EC) said on July 5.

The rules, which already apply to new types of vehicles since July 2022, improve road safety by introducing a range of advanced driver assistance systems for all new vehicles, the EC said.

All new motor vehicles, including cars, vans, trucks and buses, must now incorporate intelligent speed adaptation solutions, cameras or sensors for reversing detection, warnings to pay attention to driver drowsiness and emergency stop signals.

In addition, cars and vans will now have to be equipped with lane keeping and automated braking systems, as well as event data recorders.

To prevent collisions between buses and trucks and pedestrians or cyclists, these vehicles now need technologies to better recognise potential blind spots and to integrate warning systems, as well as specific tyre pressure monitoring systems.

Since 2022, when the General Safety Regulation started to apply to new types of vehicles, the new safety measures have helped to better protect passengers, pedestrians and cyclists across the EU, the EC said.

“They are expected to help save more than 25 000 lives and prevent at least 140 000 serious injuries by 2038,” it said.

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