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Transport: Safety Measures

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the use of electronic stability control anti-skid systems; and what plans she has to encourage their more widespread use. (212340)

The Department for Transport sponsored a study in 2007 to consider the effectiveness of passenger car Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems in Great Britain. The research indicated that ESC-equipped passenger cars are involved in 25 per cent. fewer fatal road accidents and are 11 per cent. less likely to be involved in a serious accident.

Officials have been active in agreeing international technical requirements for ESC systems. We anticipate that the European Commission will bring forward proposals for mandating ESC systems to the majority of new types of cars, heavy commercial vehicles and their trailers from October 2012.

We welcome the introduction of ESC systems as a positive step to improving the safety of all road vehicles and have encouraged motorists to purchase ESC equipped vehicles.