The number of some driving offences committed by motorists across the EU could drop as a result of newly introduced safety measures for vehicles manufactured in Europe.

Officially introduced on November 1st, the measures incorporate several different means of ensuring driver and passenger safety.

Among them are steps which could make drivers less likely to commit driving offences – such as mandatory alarms if the engine is activated when the driver is not wearing a seat belt.

Better fixing points for child seats should make it easier to safely carry very young children in any car manufactured in Europe, by easily fitting a booster seat.

And tyres will have to be monitored for low pressure, with an alert sent to the driver if any under-inflation is detected.

This measure in particular could reduce the risk of a blow-out due to poor vehicle maintenance, and in turn cut the chance of a collision with another vehicle or with a lamppost or central reservation barrier.

Antonio Tajani, European Commission vice-president and Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, says: “These new measures will substantially increase the level of safety by reducing the likelihood and consequences of accidents.”