Brussels, Belgium – The European Parliament has regulated that electronic stability programs (ESP) will be mandatory on all new vehicles, beginning November 2011. All new passenger cars and commercial-vehicle models registered in the European Union will have to be equipped with the safety system, and from November 2014, it will apply to all new vehicles.

The system will also be mandatory on vehicles in the U.S. beginning with the 2012 model year.

“ESP can prevent up to 80 per cent of all skid-related accidents,” said Dr. Werner Struth, president of Chassis Systems Control at Bosch. “After the seatbelt, the system is therefore the most important safety technology in the car.”

According to Bosch, 53 per cent of all new registrations in Europe were already equipped with ESP in the first six months of 2008.

The mandatory installation of ESP is part of a comprehensive package of mandates that the European Union intends to implement in order to increase road safety and reduce fuel consumption. Predictive emergency braking and lane departure warning systems will be mandatory for commercial vehicles with a gross weight of more than 3.5 tons, and for minivans and buses with more than eight seats from November 2013 for new models, and November 2015 for new registrations. Compulsory low rolling resistance tires and tire pressure monitoring systems will be required starting in November 2015.

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