By on November 20, 2007

esc.jpgThe United Nannies Nations has decided that all new European trucks and "tourist coaches" must be fitted with electronic stability control (ESC) to reduce the carnage on European roadways. A press release from a meeting which took place in Geneva last week states ESC in these vehicles "could ultimately save over 500 deaths and 2500 serious injuries per year in the European Union." Under the agreement, which the EU plans to enforce, ESC will be required on heavy vehicles approved under Regulation 13 of the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Reg 13 (fitting number, by the way) is "a braking regulation widely accepted not only in Europe but also in many other parts of the world." The requirements for heavy vehicles will be phased in by 2010, with agreement on requirements for light vehicles expected in 2008 "by means of a global harmonised regulation on light vehicle control." Now let's all join hands and sing "Kum-bah-ya" as we relinquish control of our vehicles to those who want total control of our lives know what's best for us.

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14 Comments on “UN Sets ESC Policy for EU...”


  • avatar
    Justin Berkowitz

    Fascist anarchists!

  • avatar
    cgraham

    We’re just going to overpopulate the world at this rate.

  • avatar
    taxman100

    How long before we kick the UN out of New York? I’m still waiting.

  • avatar
    Redbarchetta

    anarchists are against big government and push for more individual control not bigger nanny governments and more BS regulations.

    Didn’t the UN #1(League of Nations) prove to be more detrimental to the world the first time around. Why do we insist on letting history repeat itself time and time again.

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    Paul Niedermeyer

    Having driven large trucks and buses, I know all too well how scarily unstable these vehicles are, especially in difficult situations. If you knew how easily trailer wheels lock up prematurely, triggering jacknifing, and how often these rigs tip over in curves, you might feel differently. Because I know first hand, these things often scare the s%$# out of me on the road, especially on the winding mountain roads in Oregon. I would love to see ESC on every large vehicle in the US.

  • avatar
    carlisimo

    Yeah, I don’t see the downside to this. We’re talking about trucks and busses, not recreational sports cars.

  • avatar
    Landcrusher

    The bad news here is not the requirement, it’s the source. First they grease the skids by creating a bunch of rules that the EU will go along with, then they test the waters with a few more controversial, but not completely objectionable ideas. Only then do they sneak in some little gotchas, while no one is looking that allow the autocrats to start grabbing money and power.

    Very funny, JB.

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    carlisimo : Yeah, I don’t see the downside to this. We’re talking about trucks and busses, not recreational sports cars. What do you think "light vehicles" in the penultimate sentence in the post refers to? They go after them in '08: Similar requirements for fitting ESC to light vehicles such as passenger cars are expected to be agreed in 2008 by means of a global harmonised regulation on light vehicle stability control.

  • avatar

    I want this technology on commercial trucks.

    Problem is, its a slippery slope from there to passenger cars.

  • avatar
    1996MEdition

    How about mandating the training wheels in the bottom picture until some of the idiots driving these things learn how to handle them in emergency situations.

    I do not agree with the UN butting there noses in the trade of soveriegn nations….fascist they are. The US needs to stop paying dues and kick their asses out of NY.

    On the other hand, I have to agree with Mr. Niedermeyer, unless driver training is improved and enforced, there are always going to be people who do not know the limits of their vehicle. This goes for passenger cars as well. Driving on public highways is a privilege, not a right. Every driver needs to be responsible for his/her vehicle and think about the other driver’s on the road. If ESC helps when on public highways, why not? But let the individual countries work out the regulations.

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    yankinwaoz

    UN? When in the hell did Europe start letting the UN dictate road and driving laws? Don’t they have enough bureaucracy with the EU, national, and provincial/state governments? Scary.

  • avatar
    Paul Niedermeyer

    Reality check for all of you: ESC was mandated for all US passenger cars by 2012 as per the NHTSA well over a year ago. Old news.

  • avatar
    dean

    The high-end restaurant industry in New York would not appreciate a halt to the UN gravy train should that bunch of taxpayer-sponging freeloaders get the boot.

  • avatar
    Martin Schwoerer

    I am with those who think this is good public policy. ESC is particularly cost-effective for heavy vehicles.

    As has been pointed out elsewhere on this site, the slippery-slope argument is a rhetorical fallacy.

    We could talk about whether mandating ESC for smaller vehicles is good public policy. I would tend to say no, because Esc is not conducive to learning good driving skills. But this is just a personal opinion and is rather contrary to what safety scientists say.

    I would suggest that we should not talk about the U.N. in general terms, because that would go way beyond the scope of this website.

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