EUROPEAN UNION GETS TOUGH ON ACCIDENT SAFETY DESIGN RULES

BY KEITH NUTHALL

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) is pushing ahead with the approval of a new compulsory regulation that will insist cars and vans sold in Europe have new 'brake assist' systems and also meet detailed and tough requirements on frontal protection systems.
It is the latest initiative sponsored by EU institutions to force manufacturers into making their vehicles less deadly to pedestrians and cyclists. Voluntary guidelines were followed by 2003's directive 2003/102/EC on compulsory safety standards, but despite this being updated two years ...


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