New European regulations on general safety published

  • 26-Aug-2009 05:53 EDT

According to InterRegs, an online resource for global vehicle safety and emissions regulations, the European Union on July 31 published a new regulation on the general safety of vehicles. The regulation, (EC) No. 661/2009, mandates the fitment of a number of new technologies to various vehicle types. The fitment of electronic stability control systems is mandated for all types of motor vehicles. For passenger cars and multipurpose passenger vehicles, the fitment of tire-pressure monitoring systems and gear shift indicators is mandated. For heavy trucks and buses, the fitment of advanced emergency braking systems and lane departure warning systems becomes mandatory. The new regulation also introduces rolling resistance limits, wet grip performance requirements, and lower noise limits for tires. Compliance with these new requirements is subject to a phased implementation schedule, with introduction dates ranging from Nov. 1, 2011, to Nov. 1, 2020.

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