New General Safety Regulation enters into force next month
Yesterday, the revised General Safety Regulation was published in the EU’s Official Journal. The regulation will make obligatory a list of safety measures for various vehicle classes over the coming years, such as tyre-pressure monitoring systems, advanced emergency braking, lane-keeping systems, and intelligent speed adaptation. According to the impact assessment accompanying the legislation, over 16 years, the revised GSR is expected to reduce the number of road casualties by 24,794, avoid 140,740 serious injuries, and provide an overall net benefit for society of €15.4 bn, considering lives saved and additional costs.
This last step marks the end of the legislative procedure, and finally gives the exact dates of application:
- Safety measures marked as “A” in Annex II will become mandatory on 6 July 2022 for all types. This includes intelligent speed assistance, lane departure warning, tyre pressure monitoring systems for cars, and advanced emergency braking systems for trucks and buses.
- “B” measures as of 7 July 2024 for existing types (6 July 2022 for new types). This includes emergency lane keeping systems, tyre pressure monitoring systems for vans, trucks, and buses, advanced emergency braking systems for cars and vans, and event data recorders.
- “C” measures as of 7 July 2026 for existing types (7 July 2024 for new types). This includes advanced distraction recognition, and advanced emergency braking for pedestrians/cyclists.
- Heavy-duty vehicle direct vision, the only measure marked as “D,” will become mandatory on 7 January 2029 for existing types (7 January 2026 for new types).