Joint Position: Recommendations for the amendment of the General Safety Regulation (EC) No 661/2009

In order to improve road safety and environmental protection in Europe, procedures for placing vehicles on the market must be effective, transparent and clearly defined, as well as uniform in application.
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The future technical development will play a key role, especially active protection systems such as car-to-car and car-to-X communication, environment sensors and pedestrian detection. Ultimately, however, only a networked approach to active and passive protection systems will ensure that Vision Zero becomes more than a vision.

VdTÜV e.V. and DEKRA e.V. welcome the initiative to revise the necessary safety regulations for placing new vehicles on the market (General Safety Regulation (EC) No. 661/2009). The potential of the regulation to improve road safety, and thus significantly reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries, will depend, however, on whether the safety regulations efficiently ensure that all vehicles placed on the market comply with the legal and normative requirements in all EU member states.

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