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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The NHSTA proposes to amend FMVSS 141

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) proposes to amend the test procedure in section S6.7.3 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 141.

The proposal mainly focuses on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric.


Draft Ministerial Regulation on technical regulations in Vietnam

The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport, proposes a new  draft  National  Technical  Regulation in order to specifiy  technical requirements and test methods for rims and wheels of motorcycles and mopeds.

This draft national technical regulation applies to companies that manufacture or import wheels or rims for motorcycles and mopeds.


The California Highway Patrol proposes to amend regulations

The California Highway Patrol proposes to amend regulations.

The CHP proposes to amend certain regulations in Title 13, of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), regarding noise measurement procedures.

The proposal mainly focuses on noise measurement procedures for new Motor Vehicles. Those would adopt the currently most recognized Society of Automotive Engineers SAE International standards.


The NHTSA proposes to amend its regulations regarding Event Data Recorders

The  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes to extend the EDR recording period for timed data metrics of pre-crash data

The proposal mainly focuses on extending the recording time before an accident. The biggest amendments would include, changing the timed data metrics from 5 seconds of pre-crash data at a frequency of 2 Hz to 20 seconds of pre-crash data at a frequency of 10 Hz. This would for example  increase from 2 samples per second to 10 samples per second.


Vehicle Type-Approval amendments in the UK

The UK Department of Transport has published a draft regarding amendments to the type approval for various types of vehicles.

The draft  legislation covers road vehicles, motorcycles, agricultural vehicles, and engines for non-road mobile machinery. The draft is fully developed but not final yet. The amendments are primarily meant to correct legal deficiencies caused by Brexit. The functions previously exercised by the EU Commission will be brought under control of the UK government where appropriate.


Colombia sets out to harmonize safety regulations for motorcycles

The Colombian Ministry of Transport proposes to establish the technical requirements for motorcycle-type motor vehicles marketed in Colombia.

The first Draft Resolution  mainly focuses on issuing the Technical Regulation applicable to pneumatic tyres. The Draft includes specific technical requirements, digits and applicable tests, the equivalence system, manufacturer and supplier responsibilities, and monitoring, surveillance and compliance checks that have be approved.


The UN proposes amendments to UN Regulation No. 157

This could be a landmark decision for mobility, as the UN proposes to extend speed limits for automated driving in certain traffic areas from the current 60 km/h up to 130 km/h.

The draft amendment to UN Regulation No. 157, which has been approved by the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) mainly focuses on increasing the maximum speed for automated driving systems (ADS) for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles on highways and allows automated lane changes.



EU ban on combustion-engine cars starting in 2035

The Parliament of the European Union agreed on a ban concerning sales of new combustion-engine cars from 2035 forward.

Taking up the fight against climate change the majority of the sitting members of the European Parliament gathered behind the ban on sales of combustion-engine cars. The clear objectives are to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 100% until the middle of the next decade. Further, there is the hope that the ban will result in a faster development of vehicles powered by electricity.


Korea harmonizes autonomous driving standards

Recently the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has released a revision of “Rules on the Performance and Standards for Motor Vehicles and their Parts“

This amendment shall update the automated driving systems (ADS) requirements of the KMVSS, which were introduced in 2019, to include and harmonize the standards for commercialization of automated vehicles (Level 3) with the international regulation (UN R157 and its Supplement 1).


Germanys way to autonomous driving

Recently the German Federal Council has approved the “Regulation on the Operation of Motor Vehicles with Automated and Autonomous Driving Functions”

With the enactment of this Regulation, the Act Amending the Road Traffic Act and the Compulsory Insurance Act – Act on Autonomous Driving of July 12, 2021 (BGBl. Teil I, p. 3108, issued on July 27, 2021) can take practical effect.


Delegated Regulation regarding chemical substances

Recently, proposals to introduce and update harmonized classifications and labels of certain substances have been submitted to the European Chemicals Agency

The European Chemicals Agency has been notified of suggestions to update, introduce and delete harmonized classifications and labels of certain substances in accordance with Article 37 of CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008.


Draft Ministerial Regulation on Vehicles in Thailand

Recently the Thai Ministry of Industry published two Draft Ministerial Regulations with regard to the protection of the occupants in the event of a frontal- and lateral collision

The first draft is connected to the Thai Standard (TIS 2400-256X(202X)) and the second draft to (TIS 2399-256X(202X)). The key points are that vehicles of the category M1 with a maximum mass of not more than 3,500 kilograms and N1.


New standards for the Low Voltage Directive

A new list of harmonized standards for the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU was recently published in the Official Journal of the European Union

The list is included in the Commission’s Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/713 of May 10. 2022. This amends the Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1956 regarding harmonized standards for certain household appliances, etc. Through this new amendment, various changes are made to the existing list.


New Emissions Trading System (ETS) for road transport

The European Commission proposed to implement a separate EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for the road transport sector and buildings.

The proposal to amend Directive 2003/87/EC concerns the ongoing phase 4 of the ETS (2021-2030). One of the several key points in this amendment is a separate, self-standing ETS for buildings and road transport.


Regulation changes regarding emissions type-approval

Recently the European Commission published a Draft Commission Regulation, which brings changes to emissions type-approval of heavy-duty vehicles

This draft Commission Regulation has been drafted in the process of amending Regulation (EU) No. 582/2011. Previously, type approval testing had to be repeated for both diesel (B7) and pure biodiesel (B100) to demonstrate compliance with emission requirements.


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