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Vehicle safety systems become mandatory

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A number of safety measures have become mandatory in newly homologated cars in Europe from November 1, as the EU attempts to improve new vehicle safety.

Measures which become mandatory include safety belt reminders, safety requirements for electric vehicles, easier child seat anchorages (ISOFIX), better protection of passengers against the displacement of luggage in case of the accident and tyre pressure monitoring system.

In addition, cars will be also equipped with gear shift indicators to help drivers save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions.

European Commission vice-president Antonio Tajani, commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship, said: "We are working hard to improve the safety of European drivers, passengers and road users in general. These new measures will substantially increase the level of safety by reducing the likelihood and consequences of accidents.

"This will be a tangible achievement of the European Union. And let's not forget that General Safety Regulation also performed one of the most far-reaching simplifications of our legislation by repealing more than 50 Directives and replacing them with just one single regulation."

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