By the end of January, the Commission is expected to present a new proposal for a framework directive on pedestrian protection.
The proposed framework directive will focus on passive safety measures, ie. pedestrian protection in the case of a collision. It will be fully in line with the provisions of the volontary agreements. The two crash tests developed by ACEA and the Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) will be introduced in 2005, and the four EEVC tests, widely acknowledged as “current best practice”, will set the standard for all new cars as of 2010.
According to ACEA’s safety officer Jacques Provensal, there will be a legislative package consisting of the volontary commitments and their slightly modified technical annexes on the one hand, and the framework directive to provide the legal basis for them on the other.
It is still open if the proposal will also impose a ban on rigid bull bars. Provisions on the use of daytime running lights, ABS and alternative technologies are being discussed.