On 3 November 2020, CITA (International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee), supported by the German EU Council Presidency, hosted a web conference entitled "New vehicle safety features from 2022 and successful implementation of turn assist systems”. Karola Lambeck, Head of the Cycling and Road Safety Taskforce at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), engaged in discussions on shaping the mobility of the future with Gerhard Müller (President of CITA), Elena Kountoura, MEP, who had sent a video message, Matthias Schubert (TÜV Rheinland), Casto López Benítez (European Commission’s DG Mobility) and Peter Broertjes (European Commission’s DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs). More than 100 delegates from all over the world had the chance to participate in the discussion by asking questions and making comments.
Ms Lambeck presented the BMVI’s approach: considering the urgent need for road user protection, the equipment and retrofitting of motor vehicles with turn assist systems are to be accelerated through additional incentives even before the EU-wide obligation, which will enter into force on 6 July 2022 for new vehicle types and on 7 July 2024 for new vehicles in accordance with EU Regulation 2019/2144. The BMVI is successfully funding the voluntary equipment and retrofitting of motor vehicles with turn assist systems through the Turn Assist Funding Programme, which was launched in the context of the Turn Assist Scheme, and the de minimis programme. Ms Lambeck called upon the participants of the event to use their influence and to advocate that this important topic be put on the agenda in their governments and parliaments as well and to find solutions, either by drafting statutory instruments or by broadly funding the use of turn assist systems.