At its recent 177th session, the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) adopted three new United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Regulations on lamps and reflectors; Regulation No. 148 on light signalling devices, Regulation No. 149 on road illumination devices and Regulation No. 150 on retro-reflecting devices. These three new Regulations will replace 20 existing UN ECE Regulations on individual lamp and reflector types in an attempt to simplify the UN ECE requirements applicable to such products.
A number of significant changes to the Australian legislative requirements regarding the importation and first provision of road vehicles and their components have been introduced by the new Road Vehicle Standards Act, which was published on 10th December 2018, and the associated Road Vehicle Standards Rules, which were published on 13th February 2019. This new Act and its supporting Rules will repeal and replace the existing Motor Vehicles Standards Act and its supporting Rules with effect from 10th December 2019, and are intended to modernise and strengthen the Australian legislative framework for road vehicles.
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.