Written Question: Road safety

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 6 April 2021

Question for written answer E-001829/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Pascal Arimont (PPE)

Subject: Road safety

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) is a key technology which helps drivers observe speed limits on the road network. If made to work properly, it could reduce road fatalities by 20% in Europe.

Article 6 of Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 specifies that an ISA system should inform the driver when the speed limit in force has been exceeded, either through the accelerator control or ‘through dedicated, appropriate and effective feedback’.

In its draft delegated act on ISA systems, the Commission proposes the introduction of a cascaded acoustic warning device, despite the fact that no scientific research has been carried out to prove its effectiveness.

The Commission also puts a ceiling on the reliable determination of the road speed limit of 90% of sign passing events, thereby restricting the effectiveness of ISA, even though a 99% rate is technically achievable today.

These two requirements could be regarded as both uncomfortable and unpleasant for drivers, making them more likely to switch off an ISA system.

In order to remedy these two shortcomings in the draft delegated act, will the Commission agree to a provision phasing-out the cascaded acoustic warning system and phasing-in enhanced detection requirements in 2024 for new types of vehicles and in 2026 for all new vehicles?

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