MEPs urged not to weaken new minimum vehicle safety standards

Lead by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), eight additional organisation signed the letter representing road safety experts, consumer groups, transport police, environmental campaigners, local/regional authorities, cyclists and road accident victims.

The letter was sent today to members of the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) to raise concerns over the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)'s attempts to weaken the European Commission’s proposals on new vehicle safety measures and to ask MEPs to pass the legislation as soon as possible, to maximise its life-saving potential.

Key messages:

The letter calls for the importance of passive safety measures in addition to active safety measures and specifically direct vision requirements for new trucks in the future, the benefits of Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and the importance of a package of measures:

"The strength of the Commission’s proposal is that it is a package of complementary measures that should not be cherry-picked", reads the letter.