FIM Brussels - The latest on the GSR PSR revision: What impact for PTWs?
On 17th May, the European Commission presented a proposal for a revision of the General Safety Regulation (GSR) and the Pedestrian Safety Regulation (PSR) as part of the Third Mobility Package. The GSR/PSR detail vehicle type approval requirements regarding safety. The GSR focuses on motor vehicle safety, including in-car users and safety features, while the PSR concentrates on the protection of third parties to a vehicles or vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and PTW riders.
The European Commission proposal seeks to improve road safety for vulnerable road users both directly and indirectly. Indirectly, the proposal aims to make improvements to new passenger and commercial vehicles through the addition of intelligent driving assist systems. These include lane-keeping assistance and lane departure warnings, advanced emergency braking and advanced systems capable of detecting other road users outside of plain sight. Directly, it seeks to make some advanced safety features mandatory for all types of vehicles, including tyre pressure monitoring systems, intelligent speed assistance, driver drowsiness, attention and distraction monitoring, and alcohol interlock installation facilitation.
The file, which has not been revised since 2009, is presently in the early stages of the legislative process as the European Parliament and the Council seek to form their positions. In the Council, talks among Member States at expert level are ongoing. In the European Parliament, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee have been appointed lead committee and the centre-right European People’s Party have been elected as the lead group on the file.
The Council and the European Parliament have yet to give an indication of their views on the file. However, the European Parliament have already given a strong indication of their positioning through the adoption of a Resolution, ‘Saving Lives: Boosting Car Safety in Europe’, in December 2017, which shared much of the principal elements of the eventual European Commission proposal.
The time remaining for the file to be processed and agreed is limited as the European Parliament elections will take place on 23rd-26th May. However, the European Commission’s ambitious focus on improving road safety is shared by the co-legislators. The Austrian Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament have both clearly underlined that the file is a high political priority. Therefore, it is expected that the file will move quickly and likely be published in the Official Journal of the EU in Q1 2018, in which case it would apply as of Q1 2021.