News from Brake
Thursday 29 November
EU member states, through the European Council, have today given their backing to a new package of mandatory minimum vehicle standards, as proposed by the European Commission .
If the package is agreed with the European Parliament, the measures will see the mandatory fitment of advanced driver assistance systems including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA), in all new cars, as well as the introduction of further safety measures including safer car and lorry fronts .
Introduced in full, it has been evaluated that this package of measures could save 25,000 lives across the EU over the next 16 years .
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said:
“This is a momentous day for road safety in Europe with support given to measures which could prevent 25,000 lives being lost on the road over the next 16 years. Member states have played their part, backing the mandatory fitting of vehicle technologies which will make roads safer for everyone for generations to come. Now its the European Parliament’s turn to step up and make this vision a reality.
“Road safety has stagnated in the UK in recent years, but the rollout of lifesaving vehicle technologies, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking and Intelligent Speed Assistance, can deliver the next-step change in safety improvement. The UK government must seize this opportunity and continue its support of these vital measures, regardless of the Brexit outcome.
"There is huge public backing for action to improve the safety of vehicles, with 9 in 10 drivers in a Brake and Direct Line survey agreeing that all new cars should be fitted with the latest lifesaving safety features as standard. With the potential for 25,000 lives to be saved over the next 16 years, it is imperative that both the EU and UK government support these measures and help make our roads safer for all.”
Notes to editors:
 European Council press release - https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/11/29/safer-cars-for-safer-roads-council-agrees-to-tougher-rules-on-vehicle-safety/
The draft regulation updates existing rules on car safety contained in the General Safety Regulation (EC) 661/2009, the Pedestrian Safety Regulation (EC) 78/2009 and the Hydrogen Safety Regulation (EC) 79/2009.
 European Transport Safety Council briefing on the Third Mobility Package - https://etsc.eu/briefing-eu-mobility-package-iii-including-new-vehicle-safety-standards/
 TRL report which identifies that the proposed vehicle safety measures could prevent 24,794 deaths across all vehicle categories between 2022 and 2037. https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/ed4aff17-49c5-11e8-be1d-01aa75ed71a1/language-en
 The final proposals will now need to be agreed in negotiations between the EU institutions after formal votes in the European Parliament’s Internal Market (IMCO) and Transport (TRAN) committees, expected to take place early next year.
 Brake and Direct Line survey release, Thursday 17 March, 2018 - http://www.brake.org.uk/media-centre/1824-drivers-support-eu-move-to-fit-lifesaving-vehicle-technologies-as-standard
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.