compulsory on all new cars was welcomed by road safety minister
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.'
1. The Directive was adopted at the Competitiveness Council meeting
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.