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WELCOME FOR NEW DIRECTIVE TO REDUCE PEDESTRIAN CASUALTIES

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A new European Directive to make protection for pedestrians ...
A new European Directive to make protection for pedestrians

compulsory on all new cars was welcomed by road safety minister

David Jamieson.

The Directive will apply to new cars and car-derived vans under 2.5

tonnes. From 2005 all new models in these categories will need to

have approved pedestrian protection as will existing models from

2012. When fully implemented the new Directive could reduce

pedestrian casualties by up to 20%.

The new Directive will mean that new car models will be subjected to

a series of technical tests which would indicate how they would

interact with a pedestrian in an accident. There are also likely to

be some benefits to cyclists.

Transport minister David Jamieson said:

'The government is committed to continuing to improve road safety and

we attach great importance to reducing pedestrian casualties,

especially as so many children are involved in pedestrian accidents.

'The UK has sponsored research into this area over the last 25 years,

and we have made a major contribution to much of the technical

content of this Directive. I'm delighted that it will be coming into

force so soon.'

Notes

1. The Directive was adopted at the Competitiveness Council meeting

in Brussels.

2. The Directive will apply to new cars and car-derived vans under

2.5 tonnes and will be introduced in two Phases. Phase 1 will apply

to new vehicle types from 2005 and existing types from 2012. Phase 2

(final details of which will be subject to review) is to apply to new

types from 2010 and existing types from 2015.

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