The Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association, (JAMA), has reached agreement with the European Commission that all new vehicles sold in the EU from 2003 will carry daytime running lights and anti-lock brake systems, as part of a voluntary package to improve pedestrian safety.

The measures also pledge car makers not to install rigid bull bars or market them as spares from 2002 and to progressively introduce other safety features including electronic sensors.

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association has already accepted the deal.

Approval is still required by the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers, which could insist that the agreement is made compulsory.

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