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Advanced safety features and tyres - summary of contributions

Public consultation on outline proposals for a new regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Advanced Safety Features and Tyres - Summary Of Replies

Introduction

In August 2007, the European Commission launched an internet consultation to seek the publics' views on an outline proposal for a new Regulation on Advanced Safety Features and Tyres. The proposals included the replacement of most existing safety-related type-approval Directives with one Regulation, the introduction of new requirements for tyres, including limits for noise and rolling resistance, and new proposals for advanced safety systems including Electronic Stability Control and Automatic Emergency Braking Systems. .

Replies

At the date of closing the public (internet) consultation, a total of 81 replies were received. Of these the breakdown by source is as follows:

  • Member State Governmental organisations....................12 replies
  • Non-Member State Governmental Organisations.............4 Replies
  • Regional and Local official Organisations.........................4 replies
  • Industry and business organisations................................29 replies
  • NGOs, consumer, professional and research groups.......7 replies
  • Individuals.........................................................................5 replies

The summary below covers the main comments and issues that were raised by stakeholders during the public consultation, together with initial responses by the Commission.

Comment

Respondent(s)

DG ENTR Response

Simplification issues

New regulation not necessary. Simplification would be achieved by referring directly to UNECE Regulations within Type-approval Framework Directive.

ACEA and some member vehicle manufacturers

Direct reference would remove the EU's power to improve safety or environmental requirements if the relevant UNECE Regulation was inadequate or could not be improved.

Advanced Safety Issues

Additional safety features should be mandated such as ISOfix, seat belt reminders, alcohol locks, Intelligent Speed Adaptation, Advanced lighting systems.

Various

Features such as ISOfix and seat belt reminders will be mandated by reference UNECE Regulations. Other features could be mandated under the proposed Regulation at a later date, subject to further cost/benefit analysis.

Too early to mandate systems such as AEBS.

Vehicle manufacturers

Accept need to set realistic timescale.

AEBS possible for new types of heavy vehicle by 2010, light commercial vehicles by 2012, cars by 2014.

CLEPA (vehicle system/component manufacturers).

Tyre issues

Proposed noise standards unfeasible.

Vehicle and tyre manufacturers

FEHRL report, supported by TRL and M+P reports, suggest proposal is feasible. However, we accept the need for adequate lead times to allow manufacturers to comply.

Proposed noise standards not sufficiently ambitious.

Various environmental organisations

Rolling resistance banding unambitious (will not drive market forward)

Various

Accept that banding will need to be refined, possibly using a seven band system.

TPMS (various estimates of required level of accuracy, ranging from 10-25%)

Various

Required technical specifications for TPMS will be discussed at Working Group level.

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