New Rules on Cleaner and Safer Cars
The new EU Regulation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles starts to apply since 1 of September 2020.
The objective is to allow all Europeans to benefit from safer traffic, less polluting vehicles and more advanced technological solutions, while supporting the competitiveness of the EU industry. Meaning that EU is becoming a world leader raising the bar for safety and sustainable vehicles. This reform is part of Commission Communication 'Europe on the Move' that include an integrated policy for:
- the future of road safety with measures for vehicles and infrastructure safety. While 25.300 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2017 and another 135.000 were seriously injured, this measures could save up to 10.500 lives and avoid close to 60.000 injuries over 2020-2030 contributing to the EU's long-term goal of moving close to zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2050 ("Vision Zero");
- the first ever CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles. In 2025, average CO2 emissions from new trucks will have to be 15% lower than in 2019 and an indicative reduction target for 2030 of at least 30% compared to 2019 is proposed;
- a strategic Action Plan for the development and manufacturing of batteries in Europe. The Commission is putting forward a comprehensive action plan for batteries that will help create a competitive and sustainable battery "ecosystem" in Europe;
- a forward-looking strategy on connected and automated mobility aiming to make Europe a world leader for fully automated and connected mobility systems.
With this new legal framework, the Commission aims to ensure a transition towards a new mobility system that fits with the principles of the Green Deal at the same time that allows EU companies to manufacture the best, cleanest and most competitive products.
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