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TTIP risk to road safety- Lynn Boylan MEP

7 October, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP, Lynn Boylan has expressed her concern at the accusation that the motor industry in the United States is trying to keep under a wraps a study on car safety because it might interfere with the EU/US trade negotiations. 

The industry commissioned report shows US cars to be significantly less safe in frontal collisions.

Ms Boylan said:

"Proponents of the Transatlantic Trade Agreement continuously tell us that EU standards are not at risk in the trade deal and instead there will be merely harmonisation of regulations. Well here we have in black and white one example why harmonisation is not just a bad deal but a potentially dangerous one for Irish motorists."

In a bid to make a strong case for harmonisation of car safety standards, the American car industry commissioned a study into the differences between EU and US car models.

This study was carried out by the leading traffic safety research centres in the world and instead of finding that the differences were marginal, the study found that EU car models were up to 33% safer.  

Ms Boylan, a member of the Environment & Public Health Committee said:

 "There was much hype last year when the study commenced but now that the findings are so damning it has been quietly placed on the shelf, clearly in the hope that it will be forgotten during the negotiations. 

The more that emerges from this clandestine trade deal, the more the Irish people should be worried.  High safety standards were hard fought for, are we now really going to compromise public safety to bolster the profit margins of the car industry?"

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