Europe strengthens pedestrian-protection rule

  • 13-Feb-2009 08:03 EST

A new European Commission regulation on pedestrian protection, (EC) No. 78/2009, was published Feb. 4, according to InterRegs, an online resource for global vehicle safety and emissions regulations. It repeals and replaces the current EC directives on pedestrian protection (2003/102/EEC) and on frontal protection systems (2005/66/EC). In addition to requiring compliance with headform and legform impact tests, the regulation also requires the mandatory fitment of antilock braking systems and brake-assist systems. It applies to passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, and goods vehicles with a gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3500 kg. The rule will be phased in beginning on Nov. 24.

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