“The opportunity to serve our country that is all we ask”. These were the words of John Smith in his last speech as leader of the Labour Party.
Twenty years ago, new passenger car crash tests were mandated which have dramatically improved road safety across the European Union (EU).
Donald Trump’s claim that Theresa May’s approach to Brexit has wrecked a possible UK/US trade deal catches the headlines, but it will be pedestrians that act as a major road block to any agreement at least for automobiles.
Taking back control was the major selling point of Brexit. But people are also concerned about their chances of survival in road crashes and the quality of the air they breathe.
On 18th September 2015 the United States Environmental Protection Agency sent a notice of violation to Volkswagen and the scandal known as ‘Dieselgate’ went public for the first time.
Saving tens of thousands of lives in road crashes is a proud achievement. That is why the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has earned the right to celebrate twenty years making cars safer. Together with mandatory crash test standards, Euro NCAP’s safety ratings have cut by half the number of vehicle occupant deaths across the European Union (EU).
It is an anniversary the Tories may prefer to forget. Twenty-five years ago, September 16 1992, better known as ‘Black Wednesday’, the day the Pound was forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM).