EU Regulation No. 2017/1576, which was published on 19th September 2017, amends EU Regulation No. 540/2014 on the sound levels produced by motor vehicles to introduce new requirements on acoustic vehicle alerting systems (AVAS). The new requirements on AVAS introduced by this EU Regulation are aligned with, and in many instances specifically reference, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Regulation No. 138 on quiet road transport vehicles (QRTV) with regard to their reduced audibility.
On 26th July 2017, an 04 series of amendments to United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Regulation No. 78 covering the braking requirements for all L category vehicles was published. This series of amendments introduces some new requirements to specify the conditions where it is permissible to fit an anti-lock braking system deactivation switch and the operational requirements that such switches must comply with.
On 7th July 2017, five important new EU Regulations on light duty vehicle emissions were published in the Official Journal of the European Union. These new EU Regulations covered the replacement of the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) with the Worldwide Harmonised Light Duty Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), the introduction of a new evaporative emissions test procedure and the extension of the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) requirements to cover the measurement of particulate number (PN) emissions.