In December 2019 the Official Journal of the European union published new General Safety Regulation (GSR). The new EU Regulation No. 2019/2144 acts as an amendment of the original GSR, EC Regulation No. 661/2009.
The main changes introduced by the new GSR generally fall into the following categories:
New UN ECE Regulations introduced.
Scope of Existing UN ECE Regulations expanded.
New features requiring new Regulatory Requirements developed.
The new Regulation sets out dates of implementation, with a number of new requirements/ regulations to be mandated by 6th July 2022.
Some of these new requirements/regulations include:
Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) for all vehicle categories other than M1 category.
Reversing detection systems for all categories of vehicle.
Blind spot information systems and pedestrian / cyclist collision warning systems for M2, M3, N2 and N3 category vehicles.
Emergency stop signals for all M and N category vehicles.
The new Regulation also requires the fitment of the following features to automated vehicles, regardless of their vehicle category, by 6th July 2022:
Driver availability monitoring systems.
Systems to monitor the area surrounding the vehicle.
Systems to replace the driver’s control
Systems to provide safety information the road users,
Communication systems and protocols for platooning.