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With new advances in technology, the EPP Group believes cars and trucks must be equipped with high-tech safety features to prevent accidents.

The new rules on type-approval requirement for vehicles will soon be put in place to save lives on EU roads. Members of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee today endorsed a Report by EPP Group Member Róża Thun that proposes a variety of safety measures in different types of vehicles sold on the EU market.

“Our focus is the safety of road users, especially unprotected ones. This Regulation deals in the most direct sense with life and death”, said Róża Thun MEP.

In the near future, cars must be equipped with more life-saving technology. “The new rules propose that every car will have important safety features such as tyre pressure monitoring systems, speed assistance, an emergency braking system and an emergency stop signal. This is all for the better protection of people in traffic”, stressed the Rapporteur.

For big vehicles like trucks and buses, that often cannot see a pedestrian or a cyclist because of a blind spot in front of the driver’s seat and on the side, the new rules foresee design changes to give the driver so-called direct vision.

“The EPP Group has always supported innovation and these new rules are definitely a step towards the future, as they pave the way for the development of fully automated cars”, concluded Thun.

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The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 217 Members from 28 Member States

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