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With electronic stability programme (ESP) being made a mandatory feature in all newly registered European passenger cars from November 1 onwards, Global NCAP – the umbrella body for New Car Assessment Programmes (NCAP) – is urging for similar measures to be implemented.

At the Global NCAP annual meeting, UN Member States – especially automobile-producing nations – were strongly advised to implement ESP as a compulsory feature on all new cars by 2018 and on all vehicles by 2020 at the latest.

“The current ESP global fitment rate of approximately 59% of new passenger and light duty vehicles is too low, action is needed to raise this to 100%, at the latest by the close of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety in 2020,” says Max Mosley, chairman of Global NCAP.

In line with efforts to implement the move, Global NCAP is urging automobile manufacturers to include ESP as standard fitment on all new cars. Car rental companies as well as fleet managers are urged to only purchase vehicles equipped with ESP.

A quick rundown of what ESP is capable of can be summarised as such. The system is capable of reducing engine torque and braking individual wheels in the event the vehicle begins to skid – be it from a rear-end collision or a loss of traction – via sensors on board, allowing the driver to regain control.

Nations that have made ESP an obligatory safety feature include Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Turkey and the United States of America, along with New Zealand and Argentina set to follow on the same path in 2015 and 2018, respectively.