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New cars in EU will need advanced safety systems from 2022

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New cars in EU will need advanced safety systems from 2022

Photo John Karakatsanis from Athens

(BRUSSELS) - New cars placed on the EU market from mid-2022 will have to be equipped with advanced safety systems, following adoption by the EU Council of a regulation on the general safety of motor vehicles.

"These new rules will help us to reduce significantly the number of fatalities and severe injuries on EU roads," said Finland's Employment Minister Timo Harakka, for the EU presidency: "They also enhance the European car manufacturers' competitiveness in the global market."

Ten years after the adoption of its predecessor, the new general safety regulation gives renewed impetus to EU action on road safety. It also, for the first time, addresses specific concerns of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Under the new rules, all motor vehicles (including trucks, buses, vans and sport utility vehicles) will have to be equipped with the following safety features :

  • intelligent speed assistance,
  • alcohol interlock installation facilitation,
  • driver drowsiness and attention warning systems,
  • advanced driver distraction warning systems,
  • emergency stop signals,
  • reversing detection systems,
  • event data recorders,
  • accurate tyre pressure monitoring,

Supplementary advanced safety measures will be required for cars and vans. These include :

  • advanced emergency braking systems,
  • emergency lane-keeping systems,
  • enlarged head impact protection zones capable of mitigating injuries in collisions with vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists.

In addition to the general requirements and existing systems (such as lane departure warning and advanced emergency braking), trucks and buses will have to be designed and manufactured in such a way that the blind spots around the vehicle are significantly reduced. They will also have to be equipped with advanced systems capable of detecting pedestrians and cyclists located in close proximity to the vehicle.

Furthermore, the regulation enables the Commission to enact specific rules for the safety of hydrogen-powered vehicles and of automated vehicles. More generally, it provides for Commission to update the new specifications to take account of future technical developments.

The regulation updates existing rules on car safety contained in the general safety regulation (EC) 661/2009 and the pedestrian safety regulation (EC) 78/2009.

Full text of the regulation

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