European Commission’s Motor Vehicle Working Group makes progress in implementing the General Safety Regulation measures

The Motor Vehicle Working Group (MVWG) gathers stakeholders from governments, industry and consumer associations, assisting the European Commission in the preparation of delegated acts and policy proposals. As part of this group, CLEPA participated in the last meeting on 16 May, hosted by the Head of Unit Mobility, Mr Mark Nicklas, with the aim of discussing the implementation of several regulatory measures linked to state-of-the-art vehicle technologies. 

The group has commissioned two consultants with a study on Advanced Driver Distraction Warning (ADDW). The objective is to provide a deeper understanding of technical aspects to define performance requirements, linking to the human machine interaction (HMI) and distraction prevention strategies. CLEPA will be meeting the Commission and the consultants in a dedicated technical session to progress in the drafting of robust system requirements and repeatable and reproduceable test protocols. 

As for Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), the Commission published a first version of the ’ISA guidance document’ aimed at resolving interpretation issues and uncertainty in the application of the new ISA regulation 2021/1958.  CLEPA has proposed to add further clarifications, for example, on which speed limit the ISA should consider when the road category changes and there is no road sign specifying the speed limit. The association raises if then the ISA should decide by itself if the correct (new) speed limit would be the last speed limit used, or alternatively, the general speed limit applicable at national level to all roads of that type.  

Similar to the ‘ISA guidance’, CLEPA provided input to the Commission on the recent Driver Drowsiness and Attention Warning (DDAW) Q&A document, aimed at facilitating the correct application of the new DDAW regulation 2021/1341. The Commission is now waiting for feedback on the issue of cascading and intensifying the warning signal until acknowledgement by the driver. 

Lastly, following the General Safety Regulation mandate, the European Commission must implement by early 2025 the Event Data Recording (EDR) regulation for heavy duty vehicles. The Commission’s work will build on the existing UN regulation R160—now tailored to light duty vehicles—including where appropriate, additional data elements and specific collision event triggering parameters. The UN R160 scope may be amended to include heavy duty vehicles, or a new UN regulation only for heavy duty vehicles on EDR may be established ex-novo in parallel to the existing R160 for light duty vehicles.  



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