Starting with the 1st of November, European Union has decided that all passenger cars and LCV sold on the Europe will have ESP. So far this year 84 percent of all new cars sold in Europe were equipped with electronic stability program.
Since its introduction in 1995, ESP has prevented 190.000 accidents and saved more than 6.000 lives on the Old Continent. As we previously said, the rule will be applicable at the moment only for the passenger cars and LCV with a gross weight of up to 3.5 tons but the law will be extended to all other types of vehicles next year.
According to Gerhard Steiger, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division, in 2011 the technology prevented more than 33.000 accidents and saved more than 1.000 lives in the EU member states (25 at that times). “ESP saves lives”, said Steiger.
As a reminder, in the United States and Canada the ESP is mandatory since September 2011 for all cars with gross vehicle weight of up to 4.5 tons. The system is also mandatory in Australia and Israel.