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22 05 2017 03

BRUSSELS -- European Union car and truck safety rules will be revised by the end of the year after pressure from campaigners to cut the number of road deaths by forcing manufacturers to include technologies which make vehicles safer.

A draft policy document outlining initiatives to be adopted this year includes a review of vehicle safety regulation, which has been unchanged since 2009.

In 2016 25,500 people were killed in road accidents, a 2 percent fall from the previous year and the EU wants to halve the number of fatalities between 2010 and 2020, but said in March this remained an "extreme challenge."

Improving the direct visibility of trucks to reduce blind spots through camera and monitoring systems could help save hundreds of lives a year by making it easier to spot pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, campaigners say.

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