Product Compliance & Automotive Regulatory

We identify and keep track of worldwide regulatory changes with the focus on areas such as:

product compliance, product safety, vehicle type approval and homologation, import restrictions, international trade law, radio certification, material compliance, chemistry, environmental regulations, electric vehicles, cybersecurity and autonomous driving.

Below you will find an excerpt of the world News on regulations from these areas.
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New Turkish regulation on tyre labelling

Turkey published a Draft Regulation on The Labelling of Tyres with Respect to Fuel Efficiency and Other Parameters (2020/740/EU).

The Regulation establishes a framework for the provision of harmonised information on tyre parameters through labelling to allow end-users to make an informed choice when purchasing tyres, for the purpose of increasing safety, the protection of health, and the economic and environmental efficiency of road transport, by promoting fuel-efficient, longlasting and safe tyres with low noise levels.


New EU regulation on intelligent speed assistance (ISA)

EU published a Draft Commission Delegated Regulation supplementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 regarding intelligent speed assistance (ISA) systems

The Delegated Regulation lays down detailed rules concerning the specific test procedures and technical requirements for the type-approval of motor vehicles with regard to the intelligent speed assistance systems and for the type-approval of those systems as separate technical units.


Japan to require the installation of OBFCM in vehicles

Japan has announced recently that it will require the installation of OBFCM (On-board Fuel and/or Energy Consumption Monitoring Device) in vehicles.

According to the Outline of draft legislation for OBFCM, vehicles in Japan shall record/provide lifetime and instantaneous value of fuel consumption and state of health of battery (following the EU Regulation (EU)2017/1151).  For electric and hybrid vehicles, electric consumption will have to be monitored.


New SASO standards for trucks

Saudi Arabia published for comments three new SASO standards for trucks

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) published for comments three new SASO standards for trucks regarding their protective devices.


Electric Vehicles Charging Regulations to be published

UK informed about its plans to publish Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021

The Regulations will be published under the Automated and Electric Vehicles (AEV) Act 2018.  The AEV Act gives the Government the powers through secondary legislation to mandate that all electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints sold or installed in the UK must have smart functionality and meet minimum requirements, in areas such as cyber and data security, grid stability and interoperability.


New GB standards for vehicles in China

China published for comments several new draft standards for road vehicles.

China recently published three new draft standards for road vehicles. They are open for comments until 1 May 2021.


Revision of the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement

Annexes of the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement were revised including those covering the recognition of UNECE regulations for vehicles and their parts

The EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement entered into force on 1 February 2019.  Its Appendix 2-C covers motor vehicles and their parts and lists those for which both parties recognize UNECE regulations.  Recently, some new UNECE regulations were added to the list.


Three important UN vehicle regulations enter into force

United Nations Secretary General notified that three landmark UN vehicle regulations entered into force on 22 January 2021

The regulations in question are UN Regulation No. 155 on Cyber Security and Cyber Security Management Systems, UN Regulation No. 156 on Software Updates and Software Updates Management Systems and UN Regulation No. 157 on the type approval of Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS).


EU public consultation on lane-keeping systems

The European Commission’s public consultation on emergency lane-keeping systems (ELKS) will be open for comments till 11 February 2021

Under new EU vehicle safety rules, all new car and van models must be equipped with emergency lane-keeping systems (ELKS) from July 2022, and existing models from July 2024. The system helps drivers stay safely within their lane or the road boundary, to avoid accidents.  The consultation is aimed at setting out the requirements and tests for approving vehicles with these systems.


Proposal for a new EU Battery Regulation

EU proposed a draft Regulation concerning batteries and waste batteries, repealing the existing Battery Directive 2006/66/EC

The European Commission published a 130-pages long draft of a new Regulation on batteries which is supposed to repeal the Directive 2006/66/EC and amend Regulation (EU) No 2019/1020.  This regulatory initiative is an integral part of the EU’s Green Deal and its attempts at a clean energy transition.  It is aimed, among others, at making the Europe’s automotive sector curb its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.


Supplements to General Safety Regulation for vehicles

The General Safety Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 on type-approval requirements for motor vehicles as regards their general safety may be supplemented.

The European Commission published two draft Commission Delegated Regulations supplementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 with regard to the driver drowsiness and attention warning systems and the alcohol interlock installation facilitation in motor vehicles.  The draft Regulations will amend the Annex II to Regulation (EU) 2018/858 on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles.


Minnesota to adopt California emission standards?

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) proposed a rule to adopt the Low-Emission Vehicles and Zero-Emission Vehicles standards from California. 

The proposed rule, known as Clean Cars Minnesota, would adopt two California emissions standards for GHGs and other air pollutants from light-duty and medium-duty vehicles.  The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air pollutant emissions.


Applicability of NHTSA FMVSS Test Procedures 

The American authority NHTSA recently clarified a controversy about the applicability of NHTSA FMVSS Test Procedures to manufacturers.

The NHTSA published a notice in which it explained that the FMVSS test procedures apply only to NHTSA’s compliance testing, and manufacturers are not required to ensure that their vehicles are designed in such a manner as to ensure that the vehicles are capable of being tested pursuant to such standards as a condition of self-certification.


NHTSA Requests Comments on Cybersecurity Best Practices

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA is requesting comments on the draft on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles.

On January 8th, 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA submitted a draft on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles to the Federal Register for publication to consolidate current industry knowledge and insights.


New vehicle labeling requirements?

Ecuador published recently a Draft Instruction for the Implementation of Labeling for Vehicles

The purpose of the Instruction is to establish the requirements and procedures for the application of vehicle labeling, which provides information to consumers on aspects related to safety, emissions and energy efficiency, and enables them an informed purchase.


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