New General Safety Regulation (EU) 2019/2144Daniele D'Onofrio
The world’s most advanced mandatory vehicle safety requirements have been published in the official journal of the EU last Monday, December the 16th – 2019.
This new revised General Safety Regulation, coming into force starting in July 2022 for new vehicle types, addresses, for the first time, the specific concerns of vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists.
But not only that… It will gradually introduce advanced safety systems offering new possibilities to reduce casualties: this is a strong commitment of the EU aiming to improve the road safety.
In fact, according to it, new motor vehicles shall be equipped with the following advanced vehicle systems:
- intelligent speed assistance;
- alcohol interlock installation facilitation;
- driver drowsiness and attention warning;
- advanced driver distraction warning;
- emergency stop signal;
- reversing detection; and
- event data recorder.
This Regulation is applied to vehicles of categories M, N and O, as defined in Article 4 of Regulation (EU) 2018/858, and to systems, components and separate technical units designed and constructed for such vehicles.