EU wants compulsory safety features for cars
Cars in the whole European Union should be equipped with extra safety features that correct the driver when needed. Traffic experts from the EU parliament discus on Thursday a number of safety options that exist today mostly in premium cars, to become obligatory in all cars in the future. Aim is to bring back the number of 25.000 casualties a year and 135.000 heavy injured.
It’s up to the European Commission to formulate concrete proposals later. Then will be clear what these extra options will do to the price of the car. German MP Dieter-Lebrecht Koch (EVP) who took the initiative, says price shouldn’t be an issue. “Traffic safety can’t be a matter of money”.
He is in favour of installing standard systems like – among others – emergency braking in cities when somebody suddenly crosses the road. One out of two traffic victims are pedestrians or cyclists. He also thinks of lane keeping warning, systems that monitor whether the driver is falling asleep, speed limit warnings, rear seat belt warning or tire pressure monitoring.
In Koch’s plans an alcohol lock isn’t obligatory, unless the driver is convicted for driving under influence. The parliament is in favour of a zero permilage though for people having their driving licence for less than two years or all professional drivers.