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March 2017
European Commission Guidance Document on "Defeat Devices" Published

To address the highly publicised "emissions scandal", the European Commission have instigated a number of changes to the European Union's legal requirements on emissions ...

February 2017
EU Regulation on the Technical Requirements for eCall Systems Published

Following the publication of EU Regulation No. 2015/758, which mandated the fitment of in-vehicle eCall systems to all new types of M1 and N1 category vehicle from 31st ...

January 2017
NHTSA Issues Final Rule to Reduce the Risk of Pedestrian Crashes by Establishing Minimum Sound Requirements for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Listen for those electric and hybrid vehicles -- soon to be heard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a Final Rule on December 14, 2016 ...

2016

December 2016
New UN ECE Regulations Created Due to "Splitting" of Existing Regulations

At their 169th session, the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), formally adopted three new United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE ...

November 2016
Further Draft European Union Regulation on Real Driving Emissions Published

At a Technical Committee - Motor Vehicles (TCMV) meeting on 3rd October 2016, the European Commission presented their first draft of the "third package" of ...

October 2016
USDOT and NHTSA Issue Federal Automated Vehicles Policy - Accelerating the Next Revolution in Roadway Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the long-awaited guidance document covering usage of ...

September 2016
ECE Regulation on Rear Vision Updated to Permit Camera Based Systems

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Regulation on indirect vision requirements, ECE 46.04, has recently been amended to allow the fitment of camera ...

August 2016
Draft EU Regulation on Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems (AVAS) Published

Acoustic vehicle alerting systems (AVAS) are sound generating systems fitted to pure electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Their purpose is to generate sound when the ...

July 2016
NHTSA Issues Final Rule to Standardize Lighting and Marking Requirements for Agricultural Equipment in US

The National Highway Transportation Association (NHTSA) has issued a rare Final Rule regarding agricultural equipment. NHTSA has not regulated the manufacture of most ...

June 2016
European Union Proposal on Heavy Duty Vehicle CO2 Emissions Published

At a Technical Committee - Motor Vehicles (TCMV) meeting on 12th May 2016, the European Commission presented a first draft of an EU Implementing Regulation to introduce ...

May 2016
New European Union Requirements on Real Driving Emissions Published

The new EU requirements on real driving emissions (RDE), which introduce a new "on road" emissions test using a portable emissions measuring system (PEMS), have now been ...

April 2016
Proposal to Introduce the WLTP into the EU Emissions Requirements

To address concerns that the test procedure and drive cycle currently used for light duty vehicle emissions testing, known as the New European Drive Cycle or NEDC, does ...

March 2016
European Commission Proposes New Regulation to Replace 2007/46/EC

On 27th January, 2016, the European Commission published a draft new EU Regulation on the type approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, ...

February 2016
NHTSA Requests Comments on Proposals for Revising the New Car Assessment Program

The National Highway Transportation Association (NHTSA) considers the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) a success as indicated by the continued growth in consumer ...

January 2016
New ECE Regulation on Frontal Impact Adopted

At the 167th session of the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) in November 2015, a new UN ECE Regulation on frontal impact was adopted. This new ...

2015

December 2015
ECE Regulation on Glazing Updated to Permit Plastic Windscreens

On 9th November, 2015, Supplement 4 to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Regulation on glazing, ECE 43.01, was published. This Supplement ...

November 2015
Amendments to the EU General Safety Regulation Proposed to Update the List of UN ECE Regulations that Apply on a Compulsory Basis

At a Technical Committee - Motor Vehicles (TCMV) meeting held on 6th October, 2015, the European Commission submitted a proposal to amend the General Safety Regulation, ( ...

October 2015
Proposal to add Particulate Matter Measurement into the EU Heavy Duty In-Service Emissions Testing Requirements

At a Technical Committee - Motor Vehicles (TCMV) meeting held on 10th September, 2015, the European Commission submitted a proposal to amend the implementing Regulation ...

September 2015
New ECE Regulation on Electric Vehicles of Category L Adopted

To compliment ECE 100.02, which covers safety requirements for vehicles of categories M and N equipped with an electric powertrain, the United Nations Economic Commission ...

August 2015
ECE Regulation on the Prevention of Fire Risks Updated to Mandate Rear Impact Testing

The 03 series of amendments to UN ECE Regulation No. 34 on the prevention of fire risks were published on 22nd June 2015. This new series of amendments requires all M1 ...

July 2015
The NHTSA Issues Final Rule to Add New Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 136 Electronic Stability Control Systems for Heavy Vehicles

On June 23, 2015 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register that establishes a new Federal Motor Vehicle ...

June 2015
EU Regulation on eCall In-Vehicle Systems Published

On 19th May 2015, the European Union published a new Regulation, (EU) No. 2015/758, covering eCall in-vehicle systems. With effect from 31st March 2018, this new ...

May 2015
EU Regulation on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems Updated

EU Regulation No. 661/2009 introduced a requirement for the mandatory fitment of advanced emergency braking systems (AEBS) to M2, M3, N2 and N3 Category vehicles and EU ...

April 2015
The NHTSA Issues Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Amend Seat Belt Anchorage Systems Regulation

Responding to Comments Received for the March 2012 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a Supplementary Notice of ...

March 2015
The NHTSA Issues NPRM to Amend Child Restraint Regulations to Improve Ease of Use

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which proposes to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 225 and 213 ...

February 2015
EU Regulation on Passenger Car Mandatory CO2 Emissions Limits Updated to Increase the Average Vehicle Mass Value

Compliance with EU Regulation No. 443/2009 on the CO2 emissions limits for new passenger cars is demonstrated using a formula specified within the Regulation. The formula ...

January 2015
European Union Proposes New Requirements on Real Driving Emissions

To address concerns that the real world emissions performance of light duty vehicles has not improved in line with the most recent reductions in the applicable type ...

2014

December 2014
European Type Approval Requirements for Multi Stage Built Vehicles Updated

Although EC Directive 2007/46/EC on European type approval has always contained specific requirements for vehicles built in multiple stages, experience gained in the ...

November 2014
UN ECE Requirements on EMC for "Plug-in" Vehicles Updated

The 05 series of amendments to UN ECE Regulation No. 10 on electromagnetic compatibility were published on 16th October, 2014. This new series of amendments introduces ...

October 2014
New Brazilian Resolution on Interior Material Flammability Published

In August 2014, a new Resolution on the flammability of interior materials was published by Brazil's National Traffic Council (CONTRAN). In this new Resolution, ...

September 2014
The NHTSA Issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which proposes to create a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety ...

August 2014
NHTSA Proposes to Remedy Two Issues by Publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Tire Identification and Recordkeeping

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to increase the manufacturer identifier portion of the tire ...

July 2014
New EU Regulation on Noise Emissions Published

New EU Regulation No. 540/2014 on the sound level of motor vehicles and of replacement silencing systems represents the most significant change in the European legal ...

June 2014
Global Technical Regulation on Light Vehicle Emissions Test Procedure Published

With its publication as Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 15 on 12th May 2014, the finalised worldwide harmonised light vehicle test procedure (WLTP) represents a ...

May 2014
NHTSA Issued Final Rule for Rear Visibility

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Final Rule expanding the required field of view for all passenger cars, trucks, multipurpose ...

April 2014
FHWA Issues Request for Information for Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments to help refine plans, for one or more pilot programs that combine ...

March 2014
Amendments to the EU Light Duty and Heavy Duty Emissions Requirements Proposed

The European Commission have recently published a proposal for a new EU Regulation that would introduce amendments to both the light duty and heavy duty emissions ...

February 2014
NHTSA Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for FMVSS 213 Child Restraint Systems

Supplementing the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Part 572 - Anthropomorphic Test Devices (see InterRegs Spotlight Article - December 2013), the National Highway ...

January 2014
EU Requirements on Motorcycle Emissions and Lighting Installation Updated

Amending Directive 2013/60/EU was published on 10th December 2013. It increases the stringency of the emissions requirements applicable to L1e, L2e and L6e category ...

2013

December 2013
NHTSA Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for 3 Year Old Side Impact Dummy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would amend Part 572 - Anthropomorphic Test Devices ( ...

November 2013
ECE Requirements on Driver's Vision Updated

In order to enhance the fields of vision available to the drivers of motor vehicles, two of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Regulations ...

October 2013
ECE Regulation on Electric Power Trains Updated

The 02 series of amendments to ECE 100 on electric power trains, which introduce new requirements, and associated test procedures, on the performance of rechargeable ...

September 2013
NHTSA Issued Final Rule for 49CFR Parts 573, 577 and 579

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Final Rule adopting amendments to certain provisions of the early warning reporting (EWR) rule and ...

August 2013
Second "Eco-Innovation" Approval Published by the European Commission

On 29th June 2013, the European Commission granted "approval" to a second eco-innovation. This "approval", details of which are given in Commission Implementing Decision ...

July 2013
South Africa Proposes Mandatory Compliance with ECE 100.01 for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

On 31st May 2013, the South African Department of Trade and Industry published proposed amendments to the compulsory specifications for both M1 and N1 category vehicles ...

June 2013
Updates to EU Requirements on Special Purpose Vehicles Proposed

At the Technical Committee - Motor Vehicles (TCMV) meeting on 8th May 2013, the European Commission presented their first draft of a Regulation to update the special ...

May 2013
NHTSA Requesting Comments on Revisions to New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Request for Comments asking the public for assistance in improving the New Car Assessment Program ...

April 2013
New EU Type Approval Framework Regulations for Motorcycles and Agricultural Tractors Published

On 2nd March 2013, two new EU type approval "framework" Regulations were published; EU Regulation No. 167/2013 covering agricultural and forestry tractors and EU ...

March 2013
NHTSA Moving Ahead with Rulemaking for Quiet Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an NPRM to require minimum sound requirements for hybrid (HV) and electric vehicles (EV), Federal ...

February 2013
EU Publishes new Regulation on Masses and Dimensions

On 21st December 2012, the new EU Implementing Regulation on masses and dimensions, (EU) No. 1230/2012, was finally published. This new Implementing Regulation not only ...

January 2013
Rulemaking to Rescind FMVSS 219-Windshield Zone Intrusion is Withdrawn

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has withdrawn a proposal to rescind Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 219 - Windshield Zone ...

2012

December 2012
Proposal for Adding FMVSS 226 Exemption to Part 595

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 49CFR Part 595 - Make Inoperative Exemptions. The ...

November 2012
NHTSA Proposal to Address Early Warning Reporting (EWR), Foreign Defect Reporting, and Motor Vehicle and Equipment Recall Regulations

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise a currently approved information collection. ...

October 2012
NHTSA Issues Final Rule Amending FMVSS 122 - Motorcycle Brake Systems

On August 24, 2012, NHTSA published a Final Rule (Vol. 77, Number 165; Docket No. NHTSA-2012-0123) amending requirements for FMVSS No. 122 - Motorcycle Brake Systems. ...

September 2012
NHTSA has issued a Final Rule in response to Petitions for Reconsideration for Part 563 Event Data Recorders

NHTSA has published a Final Rule amending requirements for voluntarily installed event data recorders. This action responds to three Petitions for Reconsiderations ...

August 2012
EU Proposals on "Long Term" CO2 Emissions Limits Published

On 11th July 2012, the European Commission published two proposed Regulations confirming the "long term" CO2 emissions targets for passenger cars and for light ...

July 2012
NHTSA Proposes a New FMVSS for Electronic Stability Control Systems for Heavy Vehicles

NHTSA has published a NPRM which proposes to add 49CFR Part 571 FMVSS 136 - Electronic Stability Control Systems for Heavy Vehicles. This proposal aims to require ...

June 2012
New EU Regulations on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems and Lane Departure Warning Systems Published

After many months of discussion and negotiation, the Implementing Regulations covering the detailed technical requirements for advanced emergency braking systems (AEBS), ...

May 2012
NHTSA Proposes to Amend 49CFR Part 571 FMVSS 124 on Accelerator Control Systems

NHTSA is proposing to revise 49CFR Part 571 FMVSS 124 on accelerator control systems by amending the Standard to more fully address the failure modes of electronic ...

April 2012
UN ECE Regulation on EMC Updated to Cover Electric Vehicle Charging

The 04 series of amendments to UN ECE Regulation No. 10, which were published on 13th March 2012, introduce new requirements to specifically cover vehicles with an ...

March 2012
New EU Regulation on Gear Shift Indicators Published

After many months of consultation and negotiation, the new EU Implementing Regulation for (EC) No. 661/2009 containing the technical requirements for gear shift ...

February 2012
ECE Regulation on Commercial Vehicle Cab Safety Updated

On 4th January 2012, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) published an 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 29 on commercial vehicle cab safety ...

January 2012
US Proposal to Amend 49 CFR Part 571 FMVSS 114 - Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention

On December 12, 2011 the NHTSA published a NPRM which proposes to standardize the operation of controls that are used to stop the vehicle engine or other propulsion ...

February 2013

EU Publishes new Regulation on Masses and Dimensions

As specified within EC Regulation No. 661/2009 concerning "type approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefor" (more commonly known as the General Safety Regulation or GSR), the two existing EC Directives on masses and dimensions; EC Directive 92/21/EEC covering M1 category vehicles and EC Directive 97/27/EC covering vehicle categories other than M1, will be fully repealed by 1st November 2014. Therefore, in July 2010, the European Commission began work on developing a single new Implementing Regulation to replace these two Directives.

Due to the complex and contentious nature of the subject matter, it has taken over two years of discussions and negotiations to finalise the content of this new Regulation. However, on 21st December 2012, the new EU Implementing Regulation on masses and dimensions, (EU) No. 1230/2012, was finally published. This new Implementing Regulation not only combines the requirements from the two repealed Directives on masses and dimensions, but introduces a number of significant new and revised requirements.

The new and revised requirements introduced by EU Regulation No. 1230/2012 are too numerous to cover within this article. However, the following is a summary of the main points:

Maximum Permissible Masses

Although the European Commission had initially hoped to specify harmonised maximum permissible masses for all commercial vehicles in this new Regulation, this proved to be impossible due to the differences in maximum permissible mass values specified in the National legislation of the various Member States. Therefore, for commercial vehicle maximum permissible masses, this new Regulation adopts a similar approach to that used in EC Directive 97/27/EC, i.e. the vehicle is type approved at its maximum "design" masses and its "registration / in service" maximum permissible masses are determined in each Member State by the relevant National Authority.

Maximum Permissible Dimensions

The maximum permissible vehicle dimension limits, e.g. length, width and height, specified in EU Regulation No. 1230/2012 are predominantly carried over from EC Directive 97/27/EC and remain aligned with those specified in EC Directive 96/53/EC on the maximum authorised "in use" masses and dimensions for vehicles used in international traffic. However, although these dimensional limits have been applied to vehicles used in international "cross border" traffic for many years, some Member States still permit vehicles exceeding these specified dimension limits to operate within their borders. For instance, in the UK, vehicles with an overall height exceeding 4.0 m are permitted. During the negotiation process, it was recognised that vehicles designed to comply with such National vehicle dimensional limits would not be able to gain full European whole vehicle type approval and, hence, would have to be type approved using the National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA) or Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) schemes of the relevant country, with the associated limits on the quantity of vehicles that can be produced and registered under such schemes. To accommodate the National Small Series Type Approval and Individual Vehicle Approval of such vehicles, EU Regulation No. 1230/2012 contains a specific derogation permitting National type approval (either NSSTA or IVA) to be issued to vehicles which do not comply with the specified dimensional requirements. Furthermore, EU Regulation No. 1230/2012 contains an amendment to EC Directive 2007/46/EC on type approval to relax the numerical limits on the quantities of such "derogated" vehicles that may be produced and registered using NSSTA schemes.

Items Exempted from the Maximum Permissible Dimension Requirements

EU Regulation No. 1230/2012 contains a comprehensive list of the devices and equipment that does not need to be taken into account when determining a vehicle’s overall dimensions, e.g. rear view mirrors, access steps, customs seals, etc. Whilst most of the items in this list are carried over from EC Directive 97/27/EC, there are some revisions and additions. One notable addition to the list is the inclusion of devices and equipment designed to reduce aerodynamic drag.

Actual Mass of the Vehicle

A significant new requirement introduced by EU Regulation No. 1230/2012 is that, in addition to specifying the "mass in running order" for the vehicle, all Certificates of Conformity must also specify the "actual mass of the vehicle". A definition of the "actual mass of the vehicle", along with revised definitions for "mass in running order" and "mass of the optional equipment", are contained within EU Regulation No. 1230/2012.

Permissible Tolerances

EU Regulation No. 1230/2012 also revises the tolerances permitted when measuring the masses and dimensions for both type approval and Conformity of Production purposes. The applicable tolerances can be summarised as follows:

  • Tolerance on dimensional measurements for both type approval and Conformity of Production purposes = ±3%.
  • Tolerance on "mass in running order" and "actual mass of the vehicle" measurements for type approval purposes = ±5% for special purpose vehicles and ±3% for all other vehicles.
  • Tolerance on "mass in running order" and "actual mass of the vehicle" measurements for Conformity of Production purposes = ±5%.

Implementation Dates

According to EC Regulation No. 661/2009, compliance with this new Implementing Regulation became mandatory from 1st November 2012 for new types of vehicle (even though the Regulation was not actually published until 21st December 2012) and will become mandatory for all new vehicles from 1st November 2014.

Additionally, EU Regulation No. 1230/2012 requires that, from 10th January 2014, all Certificates of Conformity must be in accordance with the updated format specified in the Regulation, i.e. specifying the "actual mass of the vehicle".

Nick Bowyer