Latest update about the new General Safety Regulation:

Hans Bot December 2018

 

As you may know, in May this year the Commission published a proposal to replace the current General Safety Regulation 661/2009 (the 'General Safety Regulation') and also to introduce a large number of new safety measures. In addition, adjustments are proposed in the field of pedestrian protection and hydrogen vehicles and the impetus for the inclusion of automated vehicles within the type approval framework. This proposal is part of the third mobility package.
 
November 29, at the European Council of Competitiveness, the Council adopted a 'general approach' on the proposal. This means that the Member States have agreed on the text, see: 
http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-14467-2018-INIT/en/pdf.
A large number of non-essential adjustments have been made with regard to the original proposal. In addition, a number of improvements that are important for the Netherlands have been omitted. In particular, the provisions for ISA (intelligent speed assistant) are insufficiently discouraging for drivers to exceed the speed limit. An important adaptation for our members is that the data from the Event Data Recorder (EDR) may still be used for accident analysis. (Albeit without storage of the entire VIN, the Ministry of Justice is still investigating the legal consequences). More applications for EDR were unfortunately not feasible.
 

Finally, an important adjustment is that virtually all elaboration of the underlying legislation will take place through implementing acts so that decision-making on these matters lies with the Member States.
 
The negotiations are expected to start with the EP in February. For the provisional position of the (responsible) committee, see
https://simdash.io/uploads/upload/file/49179/getDoc.pdf.
 
Given the position of the EP, I do not expect the final text to change essentially. However, I do expect earlier implementation and application dates.

 

More information about this topic.

EU progress EDR / General Safety Regulation:

Hans Bot January 2019

 

Progress:

The Environment Committee has already prepared and adopted its report (1 vote against UKIP)

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+COMPARL+PE-629.435+01+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&language=EN

The Transport Committee has decided on 3 December on the amendments (167) to the draft report previously sent.
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+COMPARL+PE-627.562+01+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&language=EN

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&reference=PE-629.447&format=PDF&language=EN&secondRef=01
Voting: January 2019
 
The Internal Market Committee (IMCO) has published its draft report (deadline was December 6)

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+COMPARL+PE-629.496+01+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&language=EN

Discussion in IMCO 21/22 January 2019
Vote 20/21 Feb 2019

Note: EDR is now called ADR!
 
The EP (European Parliament) has itself written a background document:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2018/625192/EPRS_BRI(2018)625192_EN.pdf

Motorbikes: last week agreement was reached for tightening the requirements for motorcycles incl. OBD, but the date of entry has been shifted to 2024:
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/11/14/review-of-type-approval-rules-for-two-three-or-four-wheel-vehicles-agreement-reached-with-the-european-parliament/
 
Antonio Perlot, Secretary General, European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers has informed me that he will put my request "EDR in Motorcycles" on the agenda for the meeting in January.

  

EUROPEAN COMMISSION COMMENTS

Posted by J.P. Peters,  June, 2018

 

Below you can read several comments by the EUDARTS members about the EU Commission Proposal; 

We advise you to take actions to your EP representative or your government to get a regulation that fits the needs of all of us in the near future.

 

  • The Commission proposal is entirely focused on obtaining data for scientific research.

  • Large parts of the report made by TRL for the Commission have not been taken over: EDR is only mentioned for scientific research and not for all other parties that benefit from it (see TRL report par 10.3)

  • According to TRL, privacy is not an issue since normal persons cannot find a driver on the basis of a VIN number. (conclusion TRL see par 4 and App D) In the Commission proposal, the last 4 digits of the VIN number cannot be registered or stored by the EDR.

  • The deletion of the last 4 VIN digits makes it impossible to check whether the correct safety components (eg airbags) are present.

  • There is no provision for the ownership of the EDR data. This is an issue in several states in the USA. There is nothing to do if the owner does not give permission to read the EDR data. (see TRL par 4.3)

  • EDR’s are driven from the systems for maintenance (Repair and maintenance). This is not discussed at all. Also, the possibility to view the status of a car via the EDR is not discussed.

  • The idea of an electronic passport for cars is made impossible because the VIN number cannot be stored.

  • In the USA the VIN number has to be stored, which means that a separate version for Europe will have to be made.

  • The proposal always refers to the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, but it is overlooked that a separate directive applies to investigative authorities.

  • Art 7 paragraphs 5 and 6 must be completely rewritten.

  • Both the European insurers' association and the German insurers only consider EDR necessary for trucks and buses;

  • The FIA does not see the usefulness and necessity of EDR and is afraid of human rights. (document)

  • The FIA document rattles on all sides. They say that 90% of cars in the EU already have EDR and they doubt the reliability of EDR.

 

 

  

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Posted by Hans Bot,  May 17, 2018, Brussels,

 

Hans Bot - EUDARTS organization & Development, Ralf-Roland Schmidt-Cotta – President EU Commissie Veronica I, II en Egon-Christian von Glasner– President of the EVU (Europäischen Vereinigung für Unfallforschung und Unfallanalyse write a: Proposal (draft) to the TRAN.  Today the final document of the Council of the European Union is published.

 

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An overview of our activities: the introduction and regulation in Europe regarding EDR in (motor) vehicles.

Schematic overview of EDR in the USA;

Schematic overview of the state of affairs in Europe;

  • 2003 : Veronica (Vehicle Event Recording based on Intelligent Crash Assessment: EU DG TREN project within the EU Road Safety Action Plan 2003: Objective : the definition of technical , legal and possible prevention requirements for mandatory introduction of accident data recording devices including pre -requisites for automatic crash notification;

  • 2003 : Veronica I ( 2003-06); Report 2006;

  • 2004 : Report: Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic in the period IV.2004-XII.2006;

  • 2007 : Veronica II ( 2007-09); Report 2009.

 

Schematic overview of the state of affairs by the Hans Bot and Jeroen van Essen (members of the EDR SUPPORT GROUP)

  • 2008: Seattle: “Crash Data Retrieval Technician Course”, “Crash Data Retrieval Data Analyst Course”;

  • 2008: Christmas: Accident Rotterdam solved bij using EDR; Press ADValidation Paper

  • 2009: Houston: ‘Train the trainer” ;

  • Determining the strategy;

  • 2010 : Start CrashCube project: Press; 

  • 2011: Presentation TRAN committee (2011-01); together with Ralf-Roland Schmidt-Cotta – President EU Commissie Veronica I, II en Egon-Christian von Glasner– President of the EVU (Europäischen Vereinigung für Unfallforschung und Unfallanalyse,  consultations with EP members; Mr. El Khadraoui (Belgium), Mrs. Sender (Spain) Mrs. Meissner (Germany) en Peter van Dalen (Netherlands and vice-president of the TRAN committee)

  • 2011 : Proposal (draft) written to the TRAN committee.

  • 2011 : Draft resulted in an amendment of parliament Mr. Koch (promo)

  • 2011 : Debate in plenary of the European Parliament (2011-09-25).

  • 2011 : Vote in plenary session of the EP with the result ; (2011-09-27)

 

35a . Calls on the Commission to submit a legislative part proposal, Including a timetable and a detailed approval procedure by the end of 2012 providing for the phased introduction , Initially in : rented vehicles and subsequently useful in commercial and private vehicles or an integrated accident recorder system with a standardized readout Which records relevant data before , during and after accidents ( ' Event Data recording '); stresses in That connection , the need to protect Individuals ' personal data and to use the data recorded EXCLUSIVELY for accident research.

 

 

​The European Commission (EC) has commissioned a study on the benefits for road safety resulting from the installation of event data recorders. Event Data Recorders (EDRs) record a range of vehicle data over a short timeframe before, during and after a triggering threshold and are typically used to record information about road traffic accidents. The aim of this study is to assist the Commission in deciding whether the fitting of EDRs in all vehicles or certain categories of vehicles could result in an improvement of road safety or have other possible consequences that would justify the costs associated with the adoption of EU legislative measures. The study aims to quantify the costs and benefits for heavy goods vehicles, light goods vehicles, buses and coaches, and passenger cars (for private and commercial use).

 

  • 2014 : eu Data Analysis Research Training & Service (euDARTS Group - asDARTS - trDARTS)

  • 2014 : Volvo activates EDR on its new models in Europe.

  • 2014 : On Thursday 5 June 2014, a Stakeholders meeting on the benefits for road safety resulting from the installation of event data recorders take place. It was held at Meeting room L130.B Rue de la Loi 130, Brussels en was coordinated by TRL London.

    The Directorate General for Mobility and Transport has commissioned a study on the use of Event Data Recorders (EDR). In the context of this study, EDRs are understood as devices which continuously register and store the values taken by a series of vehicle parameters so that a sequence of those records covering some seconds before, during and after a crash can be recovered. The purpose of the contract is to assist the Commission in deciding whether the fitting of EDR in all vehicles or certain categories of vehicles could result in an improvement of road safety or have other positive consequences that would justify the adoption of EU legislative measures and to assess the costs and benefits of such measures.
    The work of the Commission on this topic falls under the framework of its Policy Orientations for Road Safety 2011-2020 , in particular under Objective 5 (Promote the use of modern technology to increase road safety).
    Attendance was by invitation only. The stakeholders present gave their opinion about EDR in Europe to Transport Research Laboratory, TRL, which is the consultant in charge of the study (edr@trl.co.uk). A large majority were positive about in the possible introduction of EDR in Europe. More information you can find in the folowing documents: 
    the slides presented at the meeting & a summary document covering the main meeting discussion points & EDR Cost Benefits. TRL expected in September to have their report read. Additional clarifications can be requested to the Road safety Unit in the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport:MOVE-C4-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu.

 

 

  • 2014 May: Toyota activates EDR on its new models in Europe.

  • 2014 June: Lexus activates EDR on its new models in Europe.

 

  • 2015:New European Commissioner for Transport makes road safety a priority.

 

Violeta Bulc is the new European Commissioner for Transport for the period 2014-19. Before entering politics, Ms Bulc held several top corporate positions both in Slovenia, her native country, and in the US in fields including logistics, telecommunications and sustainable and innovative business solutions. She was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion before moving to Brussels.

Commission looks at benefits of event data recorders
A recent road safety-related study examines the benefits resulting from installation of event data recorders (EDR) on motor vehicles. EDR record vehicle data from before, during and after a crash so that a sequence of records can be recovered. This helps with investigation of the circumstances of an accident, determination of liability and data collection for safety research aimed at improving understanding of causes of accidents and applying appropriate safety measures to prevent them.

Two technical studies with important road safety implications have recently been carried out on behalf of the European Commission, the first of which deals with safety aspects of tyre use. Good tyres enhance road holding, particularly in wet or slippery conditions, or when braking.
Commission looks at benefits of event data recorders
The second recent road safety-related study examines the benefits resulting from installation of event data recorders (EDR) on motor vehicles. EDR record vehicle data from before, during and after a crash so that a sequence of records can be recovered. This helps with investigation of the circumstances of an accident, determination of liability and data collection for safety research aimed at improving understanding of causes of accidents and applying appropriate safety measures to prevent them.


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For a type-approval of motor vehicles making demands include enshrined in the EC regulation 661/2009. (N.B. In addition to this Regulation, other regulations, particularly in the area of ​​emissions and the protection of pedestrians.). Article 7 of Regulation 661/2009 states that it evaluated every three years. For purposes of this evaluation, the European Commission DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs draw up a report on the feasibility and cost benefits of a large number of very diverse number of measures. Installation of EDR in motor vehicles had a positive benefit / cost ratio.

 

Finally, on the basis of this report, drawn up a list of potential measures and discussed in the Motor Vehicle Working Group (WVWG) A working group composed of representatives of the Member States, industry and consumers who advises not bound by the European Commission through new regulations. In July 2016, the final version of the list is discussed in the WVWG. Proposed Crash Event Data Recorders is mandatory for M1 (passenger cars for no more than eight passengers excl. Driver) and N1 (vans up to 3500 kg) from September 1, 2020 for new models and from September 1, 2022 for new registrations.

 

It is now waiting for the effect of the proposed regulations.