Road safety minister to hear details of life-saving pedestrian protection measures

24 July 2001 #SMMT News

Road safety minister to hear details of life-saving pedestrian protection


Design measures that will improve pedestrian safety and cut

down on road deaths will be presented by the motor industry to a meeting of

the Government’s Road Safety Advisory Panel today.

Chaired by Minister for Roads and Road Safety, David Jamieson

MP, the Panel will hear how 80 per cent of the benefits of a Directive can be

achieved up to three years early, if MEPs opt to support a voluntary agreement.

Car makers will also take the opportunity to re-affirm their commitment to deliver

the full benefits of a Directive on time, through a programme of joint research

and constructive dialogue.

Today’s meeting comes soon after the European Commission backed

the industry’s proposals. Commissioner Erkki Liikanen recently described design

targets as ambitious and an important step towards reducing death and injuries

among pedestrians and other road users.

The industry’s proposals include changes which promise to limit

the effect of a pedestrian impact and prevent accidents happening in the first

place. As part of the measures, car makers will propose that rigid bull bars

are no longer installed on new vehicles or marketed as spare parts from 2002.

All new vehicles will also be fitted with daytime running lamps by 2002 and

anti-lock braking systems as standard by 2003.

Commenting on today’s meeting, SMMT chief executive Christopher

Macgowan said, ‘The industry is committed to delivering the targets it has set

for improving vehicle design and we welcome the opportunity to present our views

to the Road Safety Advisory Panel today. We will continue to work with all stakeholders

to make sure that the real benefits of a negotiated agreement are achieved sooner

rather than later.’

Notes to editors:

  1. The Road Safety Advisory Panel was established following

    the launch of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy, Tomorrow’s Roads – Safer

    for Everyone. Its objectives are to ensure that Government keeps up to date

    with initiatives on road safety issues and, in particular, to monitor the

    progress of the strategy and the achievement of targets to reduce road casualties.

  2. The RSAP includes representatives from the main stakeholders

    with an interest in improving road safety. These include local government,

    government agencies, the police, safety groups, motoring clubs, the motor

    industry and road safety officers.

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