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May 20, 2008

BELGIUM: EU to decide on mandatory ESP this week

The European Commission will decide this week whether to propose to make electronic stability control (sometimes known as ESC or ESP) technology mandatory in all new vehicles sold.

The European Commission will decide this week whether to propose to make electronic stability control (sometimes known as ESC or ESP) technology mandatory in all new vehicles sold.

In normal driving conditions, stabilility control can reduce the number of accidents by around 20%, the Commission said, ahead of a decision on Friday.

Speaking to the German press agency, dpa, a representative of industry Commissioner G√ľnter Verheugen said a number of details contained in the Cars 21 programme are expected to be adopted.

Cars 21 is a long-term strategic plan for the development of the automotive industry in Europe, adopted by the European Commission in February 2007.

Other measures include the mandatory fitment of low resistance tyres. This has an impact on CO2 emissions, although legislation needs to be carefully framed as tests have shown that some low resistance tyres result in significantly longer braking distances.

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