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Draft technical regulation on safety belts

Uruguay published a draft Mercosur Technical Regulation on safety belts

Uruguay, member of the South American trade bloc Mercosur (Mercado Común del Sur) along with Brasil, Argentina and Paraguay, published recently the Draft Common Market Group (GMC) Resolution No. 11/19 Rev. 1 – “Mercosur Technical Regulation on safety belts.” The text establishes a regulation on safety belts applicable to certain vehicles circulating in Mercosur States Parties.

The Technical Regulation adopts the UNECE Regulation No 16 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations – Uniform provisions concerning the approval of safety belts, restraint systems, child restraint systems and Isofix child restraint systems as a technical standard for safety belts in Mercosur. Also the North American Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) N° 209 and 210 are deemed compliant.

However, the Mercosur Technical Regulation on safety belts only implements the technical requirements from UNECE 16. This means that the chapters on the type approval procedure or E-marking will not be included. In relation to these issues, the procedures of each Mercosur State Party will be maintained.

On the one hand, it is a positive development that UNECE standards will be accepted in Mercosur. On the other hand, the South American countries do not want to give up the local conformity assessment procedures for vehicle parts which present a trade barrier for the European vehicle manufacturers.

The full text of the Technical Regulation in Spanish can be found at: link.

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