New EU automotive regulations
The EU published two new Implementing Regulations to support the application of current EU vehicle type approval legislation.
In April, the EU published in the Official Journal of the European Union new Implementing Regulations on technical requirements for type approvals of motor vehicles and specifications related to Emergency Lane Keeping Systems (ELKS).
The Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/535 from April 6, 2021, defines requirements for the execution of EU Regulation No. 2019/2144 on type approvals for vehicles and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles.
These include among others requirements for statutory plates, registration plate mounting space, windscreen wipers and washers, wheel guards, windscreen defrosting and demisting systems, gear shift indicators, motion, frontal protection systems.
Next to this regulation, the Implementing Regulation, (EU) 2021/646 was published on April 20, 2021. It sets out relevant technical and performance requirements for the application of Emergency Lane Keeping Systems. According to the regulation, ELKS effectively consist of two separate systems, namely a lane departure warning system and a corrective directional control function.
Emergency Lane Keeping Systems are part of the new mandatory safety features, laid out in the EU Regulation 2019/2144 on “the type approval requirements of motor vehicles and their trailers, and systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles, as regards their general safety and the protection of vehicle occupants and vulnerable road users”.