New cars purchased in 2009 equipped with active safety system

Within the first six months of 2009, nearly 60% of newly registered passenger cars in the UK featured the Electronic Safety Program (ESP) active safety system. ESP offers benefits to driving in hazardous conditions, when roads can be wet, snowy or icy. It can reduce the number or severity of crashes which lead to skidding or overturning. The program compares the driver’s steering input to the actual direction in which the vehicle is moving. If the vehicle understeers or oversteers, ESP reacts immediately by directing specific braking pressure at individual wheels allowing the car to steer as the driver intends.Europe regards ESP as an important safety feature. An EU regulation passed in 2009, and taking effect from November 2011, stipulates that all new passenger car and commercial vehicle models must be equipped with this active safety system. In February 2009, Euro NCAP launched its latest car safety rating scheme, the first update to the rating system since 1997. The new rating scheme has one overall star rating per vehicle tested and includes an extra element focusing on safety assistance. A vehicle cannot reach a top rating unless it is equipped with ESP.The UK motor industry is aware of vehicle and road safety concerns and each manufacturer is developing advanced safety systems to protect drivers in the event of an accident. Further research and technological progress by industry is expected to refine safety tools such as the new generation of airbag restraint systems, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and electronic stability control. Vehicles today are safer than ever before and these new improvements will make for an even safer future. To learn more about UK road safety, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Quinn backs Labour on whistleblowers… after Kenny tells ministers to air concerns

first_imgThe Garda commissioner has clarified his comments and the context in which he made those.I acknowledge that he’s cooperating with Government in implementing the changes that are there.I acknowledge that these issues came to light through the work of whistleblowers — and because of that, there are now serious and fundamental changes now being made which will bring about a fair, transparent accountable and effective system. A garda spokesperson has already said Callinan will not be withdrawing the remarks and has drawn attention to a statement issued last week in which the commissioner clarified what he meant and said the “disgusting” comment was “not in reference to the character” of Wilson or McCabe.Quinn statement Gilmore, Burton and Rabbitte have publicly backed Varadkar’s stance on the issue, since the Fine Gael Minister’s comments yesterday refocused attention the Commissioner’s remark last January.Burton told The Irish Times that Callinan should withdraw the “disgusting” remark . A Labour spokesperson said that the position of the party had been articulated by Burton, and this view was shared by the party leader. On RTÉ, Rabbitte echoed this view.In a statement issued just hours after Kenny told ministers not to air their concerns in public, Quinn said: “I wish to join with my colleagues in encouraging the Garda Commissioner to bring an end to the controversy surrounding the Garda whistleblowers following the report of the Garda Inspectorate.“Anyone in public office can, on occasion, find themselves in a position where their choice of words has been unfortunate. In light of subsequent developments, I believe it would be helpful if the commissioner could move to end the controversy.“It is important that the debate now move on to the substantive issues of how to ensure that there are adequate processes in place to deal with allegations of wrong-doing within the Garda. I have long supported the concept of a Garda Authority to enhance accountability and civilian oversight of An Garda Siochana. This is in the best interests of the Irish people, and the thousands of members of the Garda Siochana, who provide outstanding service to the Irish people.” Additional reporting by Órla Ryan & Daragh Brophy.First published 22.10pmEarlier: Varadkar says Callinan should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remarks – but gardaí say he won’tAlso: Garda whistleblowers’ use of PULSE system criticised by Data CommissionerRelated: The Tánaiste thinks the Garda Commissioner should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remark Updated 10.58pm RUAIRÍ QUINN HAS backed his Labour colleagues in calling for the Garda Commissioner to withdraw remarks about two whistleblowers just hours after the Taoiseach said that any minister who wants to discuss issues should raise them at Cabinet “rather than have them aired in public”.Enda Kenny’s comments came after Transport Minister Leo Varadkar yesterday called for Martin Callinan to withdraw comments he made in January that the actions of John Wilson and Maurice McCabe, in highlighting problems with the penalty points system, were “disgusting”.Varadkar’s comments have been publicly supported by four of the five Labour Cabinet ministers including the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, ministers Joan Burton, Pat Rabbitte and, this evening, Quinn.In a statement issued tonight, after Kenny’s comments, the Education Minister urged the Garda Commissioner to “bring an end to the controversy”.Earlier, Kenny told reporters in Brussels: “I’d certainly have a preference that if any minister who has an issue to raise that they raise it at the Cabinet or raise it where we could have discussions and deal with them, rather than have them aired in public.”“I’m not saying that people have to be restricted in their views on anything but there is a process by which these things should be dealt with,” Kenny said.‘Clarified’ It’s the second time in less than 24 hours the Taoiseach has had to face media questions on the issue. Speaking yesterday, he declined to say whether Martin Callinan should apologise to two garda whistleblowers.Speaking today, he reiterated:last_img read more