On 30th January 2019, the European Commission published a draft Regulation proposing amendments to EU Regulation No. 1230/2012 on the type approval requirements for masses and dimensions for motor vehicles and their trailers. This draft Regulation introduces new provisions that would allow buses, trucks and trailers to exceed the specified maximum permitted vehicle overall dimension limits when fitted with deployable aerodynamic devices (flaps) or, in the case of trucks, when fitted with an elongated cab having improved aerodynamic performance.
The UK's impending departure from the European Union will have implications on the application and acceptability of European Union type approvals issued to passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, vans, trucks, buses, coaches, motorcycles, agricultural tractors, trailers, non-road mobile machinery and the systems and components of such vehicles. With the date on which the UK is due to leave the EU, 29th March 2019, rapidly approaching and the possibility of a "no deal Brexit" on the horizon, both the EU and UK governments have been working on amendments to their respective type approval requirements to cater for such a scenario.
We will be exhibiting at Booth 6 at the SAE Government/Industry Meeting, 3-5 April 2019, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC. We are also co-organising a Technical Session that covers testing and deployment of vehicles with Automated Driving Systems (i.e. systems at SAE Levels 3 through 5).