EUROPEAN and Japanese carmakers have struck an agreement with the European Commission on the voluntary introduction of measures to protect pedestrians and cyclists.

All new vehicles sold in the EU from 2003 would carry daytime running lights and anti-lock brake systems. The industry also says it won't install rigid bull bars on new cars from 2002 and will progressively introduce other safety features including electronic sensors.

That's not the end of the story but rather the cue for a heated row between organisations like the ...

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