MEPs want further measures from industry and Member States to ensure pedestrian safety

On 11 June, the Parliament’s Transport Committee adopted a first reading report on the Commission’s proposal for a new directive on pedestrian safety.

On 11 June, the Transport Committee, adopted a first-reading report by Herman Vermeer (ELDR, NL) on pedestrian safety. The MEPs said that the new directive should be one element of a broader package of measures by industry and the Member States, based on best practice, to deal with pre-crash, in-crash and post-crash safety of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

The Transport Committee is demanding that the Commission carry out an independent feasibility assessment by 1 July 2004 on different safety tests mainly affecting the bonnet and the bumper. The Commission was also asked to examine the feasibility of extending the scope of this directive to vehicles with a permissible mass of up to 3.5 tonnes.

In its opinion, the Environment Committee expresses its fears that the draft directive sows confusion. This Committee considers that the choice should not be left to car manufacturers to decide whether to comply with the JRC/ACEA tests (automobile manufacturers) or with the EEVC tests (European Enhanced Vehicle Safety Committee). It is in favour of adopting the strictest standard, i.e EEVC tests, as quickly as possible.

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