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New General Safety Regulation for Vehicles in the EU

The introduction of the regulation (EU) 2019/2144 requires mandatory advanced safety systems for all new vehicles in the EU from mid-2022

On the 8th of November 2019 the Council of the EU announced that all new cars put on the EU market have to be equipped with advanced safety systems from mid-2022. In order to implement these new requirements, Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 was passed which updates existing rules on car safety such as the general safety Regulation (EC) 661/2009 and the pedestrian safety Regulation (EC) 78/2009 and amends Regulation (EU) 2018/858.

The new general safety regulation is the third part of the Commission’s “Europe on the Move” package, which was first launched in May 2018 and firstly addresses concerns of pedestrians and cyclists. The following safety features become mandatory for all motor vehicles:

Additional safety features are required exclusively for cars and vans:

Furthermore, buses and trucks need to be designed and manufactured in a way that blind spots around the vehicle are significantly reduced and they must be equipped with systems that are able to detect pedestrians and cyclists near the vehicle.

Major parts of the regulation will come into force 30 months after its publication, while a longer application date is exceptionally provided for some features. At the same time, the regulation allows the Commission to issue new specifications to take account of future technical developments such as the safety of hydrogen-powered vehicles and of automated vehicles.

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