5 point Action Plan to Reduce & Prevent On-Road Accidents with Agricultural Vehicles in the EU
5 – Point Action Plan to Reduce & Prevent
On-Road Accidents with Agricultural Vehicles in the EU
The number of on-road accidents with agricultural vehicles in the EU is low – when compared to accidents with other vehicles. The risk of being involved in an on-road accident is considerably lower (-82%) per hour worked for new tractors (<13 yrs. old) than for old ones – proof of the substantial advances in active & passive road safety made in the past years. However, the percentage of a grave or fatal outcome is, comparatively speaking, higher in an on-road accident with an agricultural vehicle due to the vehicles’ particular characteristics such as slow speed and wider dimensions.
To reduce & prevent on-road accidents with agricultural vehicles in the EU further, CEMA has identified the following 5 Point Action Plan as the most effective & efficient way forward:
- Create a uniform European accident reporting system
- Better lighting & signalling for greater visibility of old farm machines on the road
- Boost driver training to ensure greater awareness & alertness of drivers
- Enable Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication
- Enable optional installation of mirrors or camera systems at the front of farm vehicles
CEMA calls on the EU, Member States & stakeholders to make a joint effort to implement these actions as a matter of priority.
The 5 point Action Plan in detail can be found HERE