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regular notification
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European Commission
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Notified Document Details
<p style="margin:2px !important;">Draft Commission Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 540/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the sound level of motor vehicles and of replacement silencing systems (4 pages + Annex 3 pages, in English)</p>
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Covered Products
<p style="margin:2px !important;">Quiet Road Transport Vehicles</p>
Description of Content

This draft delegated regulation aims to introduce the pause switch prohibition of the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) in Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV), such as hybrid electric or electric vehicles, equipped with AVAS, taking into account the corresponding requirements of UN Regulation No 138.01 on the approval of QRTV.

Consequently, the draft delegated regulation amends Annex VIII to Regulation (EU) No 540/2014 on the sound emissions of motor vehicles, which allows for mandatory or optional AVAS pause switch and at the same time introduces the necessary administrative requirements in Annex I to the same Regulation. The AVAS requirements, updated through this amendment, are improved and aligned to internationally recognised regulation.

Objectives & Rationale
<p style="margin:2px !important;"><span style="font-face: Verdana;">Regulation (EU) No 540/2014 lays down type-approval requirements with regard to sound emissions applying to vehicles of categories M (passenger vehicles) and N (commercial vehicles). In this Regulation minimum sound emission requirements are also laid down for QRTV and their equipment with AVAS, for the warning of vulnerable road users.</span></p> <p style="margin:2px !important;"><span style="font-face: Verdana;">This draft delegated regulation introduces the prohibition of the AVAS pause switch that will let QRTV be type-approved, placed on the market or put into service, in line with the current state of technology for the warning of vulnerable users, as laid down in UN R138.01.</span></p> <p style="margin:2px !important;"><span style="font-face: Verdana;">The legal basis for this amendment is in Regulation (EU) No 540/2014, in particular Article 9 thereof.</span></p>
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