Regulatory Updates: Automotive and Motorcycles – May 2018

Each month, RegNet Solutions monitors new regulations, proposals, and other important developments in key automotive and motorcycle markets.

Beginning this month, we will post a brief blog update of notable regulatory updates.  For a full list of updates in Excel, sign up here.

Notable in May:

EU Type Approval – Major Changes Coming

EU Regulation 2018/858 of 30 May 2018 (published in June of this year) repeals framework directive 2007/46, effective 1 September 2020.  The Regulation, which is a “major overhaul” of the WVTA system covers motor vehicles and their trailers.  It also amends emissions regulation 595/2009 and 715/2007.

EU Proposal 2018/286 includes changes to 2007/46 (the framework directive for the approval of motor vehicles and their trailers) and 661/2009. The proposal makes mention of autonomous vehicles.

Electric Vehicles

The UNECE released Global Technical Regulation No. 20 on Electric Vehicle Safety (EVS).  This is a new GTR that addresses in-use and after-crash requirements and covers electrical shocks, lithium-ion battery hazards, and Rechargeable Electrical Energy Storage Systems.  Category 1 and Category 2 vehicles are in scope for this GTR.

Canada released Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection, a Technical Standards Document (TSD) based on the US FMVSS 305, which was published last September.  The Canadian TSD is effective as of 18 May 2018 and has a mandatory compliance date of 22 December 2019.

In Discussion

OICA released several position statements in the UN GRPE working group, including one on Heavy Duty Vehicle emissions – with a handy regional implementation calendar – and a statement on Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

Coming up

Stay tuned!  Next month, we will publish a wrap-up of the first half of 2018.