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Eliminating ‘blind spots’ on motor vehicles


Brussels – Road users will welcome the newly adopted directive on rear-view mirrors and supplementary indirect vision systems for motor vehicles. The directive’s measures tackle the notorious problem of ‘blind spots’, where vehicle drivers are often unaware of other road users very close to their vehicles. Blind spots are blamed for many serious road accidents at crossings, junctions and roundabouts, especially those involving pedestrians, cyclists and drivers of smaller motorcycles. “As drivers, we are all responsible for improving road safety,” said Erkki Liikanen, Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner. “However legislation can also help save lives. While local and national governments play an important role, only a Europe-wide solution can complement these efforts by mandating common EU standards in car design.” The new directive is based on studies and research that the Commission has discussed with Member States, industry and other interested parties. It will enhance road-user safety by improving rear-view mirrors and accelerating the introduction of new technologies, such as camera/monitor systems, that increase the field of indirect vision for drivers of passenger cars, buses and lorries. /Source: Press release

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