MEPs today voted to set minimum EU standards for the roadworthiness of vehicles through MoT safety tests and roadside inspections, following over a year and a half of negotiations. It is hoped that these new measures will contribute to reducing the number of road deaths by 50% over the period of 2010 – 2020.
Currently the UK has one of the best road safety records across the whole of the EU, with recent figures showing that road deaths dropped by 10% from 1,870 in 2012 to 1,680 in 2013. These proposed measures will raise the safety standards of vehicles from other EU countries using Britain’s roads.
Within the package there are also plans to make it easier for EU countries to swap information on vehicles, including their legal status, through the setting up of an online platform.
Liberal Democrat European Transport spokesperson Phil Bennion MEP commented:
“The UK has been leading the way when it comes to making our roads safer and today’s vote will ensure that these life-saving measures are extended across the EU.”
“Every year thousands of vehicles from the EU use our roads and so it’s vital that they are properly maintained and tested. That is exactly what this new package will deliver.”