Black Box Recorders To Be Compulsory On All New Cars

Mon 25th Feb 2019

A new safer era of motoring could be heralded after the European Parliament voted in a range of mandatory vehicle safety standards.

The new rules were voted in by members of the EU’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), the measures will include tougher crash testing and the fitting of speed limiters to all new cars.

Black box data recorders and automated braking systems are also set to be made compulsory, a range of laws which whilst taking some of the fun out of driving, will also make roads safer for all. Two thirds of fatal or serious crashes take place on roads with a speed limit of 30mph and figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents show that a pedestrian is 5.5 times more likely to be killed by a car travelling above 30mph than below it.

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) systems can control the speed of the car automatically, with the driver only being able to override the system by applying the accelerator.

This legislation represents a major step forward for road safety in Europe, and could save 25,000 lives within fifteen years of coming into force,” said Antonio Avenoso, executive director of the European Transport Safety Council.

"Final negotiations between the Parliament, Member States and the European Commission should now begin as soon as possible. Minimum vehicle safety standards in the EU were last updated in 2009, so there is no time to lose."