By Denna Bowman
The European Parliament has moved a step closer to passing a regulation to make low-rolling resistance tyres and tyre pressure monitoring systems compulsory on all new vehicles.
The new rules relating to tyres are set to come into force November 2012 as part of a comprehensive EU package of measures intended to increase road safety and reduce fuel consumption.
The regulation, which also makes ESP mandatory for all new vehicles from November 2011, has still to be finally adopted by the Council of Ministers.
According to the regulation, initially all new passenger-car and commercial-vehicles models registered in the European Union will have to be equipped with the ESP active safety system, however, from November 2014 this rule will then apply to all new vehicles.
Accident research shows that skidding is the main cause of fatal accidents. However, Dr Werner Struth, president of the Chassis Systems Control division of Bosch, commented recently: ‘ESP can prevent up to 80 per cent of all skid-related accidents.
‘After the seat belt, the system is therefore the most important safety technogolgy in the car.’
According to Bosch analysis, 53 per cent of all new registrations in Europe in the first six months of 2008 were already equipped with ESP.