On 25 October you will discover all about two new regulations for the automotive industry during the new edition of the RS event of Agoria. Register now!


Peter Broertjes is the European Commission's expert on vehicle safety policy, having studied automotive engineering bolstered by hands-on technical experience in the field and is Agoria's guestspeaker.

Before taking up his post at the European Commission in 2009, Peter joined the Dutch Type-Approval Authority (RDW) in 1997 to undertake in depth vehicle testing and assessment as International Inspector for the in-house Technical Service of RDW. In addition to spending a number of years in Detroit USA, he travelled extensively around the automotive manufacturing world to carry out safety and environmental compliance checks of motor-vehicles.

In his current role, Peter has been deeply involved in the overhaul of the EU Type-Approval framework legislation, as well as being the lead responsible Commission official for the recently presented future policy on EU Vehicle Safety. 

He will talk about two important new topics.

 1/ New Regulation 2018/858 for type-approval of motor vehicles and their trailers

 The legal framework for the type-approval of automotive products covers three groups of vehicles: 1) motor vehicles and their trailers, 2) motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles, as well as 3) tractors. Type-approval requirements for motor vehicles and their trailers are currently set out in Directive 2007/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (the 'Framework Directive'). This framework aims at facilitating the free movement of motor vehicles and trailers in the internal market by laying down harmonised requirements designed to achieve common environmental and safety objectives. Directive 2007/46/EC covers motor vehicles for the carriage of passengers (category M) and of goods (category N), and their trailers (category O), as well as their systems and components. It provides a framework under which separate regulatory acts with specific safety and environmental requirements are operating. These regulatory acts deal with a multitude of detailed technical requirements for different types of vehicles, systems and components.

In the new regulation 2018/858 the critisisms will be handled after the discovery that a vehicle manufacturer had for several years used software to manipulate the emission performance of its cars. Within a week of the outbreak of the scandal, the Commission announced that it would reinforce the type-approval system, in particular by ensuring adequate supervisory mechanisms to ensure a correct and harmonised application of the type-approval procedures. In an internal market with 28 Member States and in a sector subject to constant technological and scientific progress, substantial divergences in the interpretation and application of the rules entail the risk of undermining the effectiveness of the system and therefore the main policy objectives of ensuring the safety and health of citizens and the protection of the environment. Many stakeholders openly called for such a revision in the aftermath of the diesel emissions scandal. The revision aimed to overcome these flaws and gaps and to restore the citizen's trust in the capability of the regulatory system to ensure an adequate level of protection of health and the environment. It will apply as from 1 September 2020. This session will give you more details about the consequences for stakeholders because of this new regulation. 

2/ Revision General Safety Regulation

The existing Framework within Directive 2007/46/EC, that will be replaced by Regulation (EU) 2018/858, precribes mandatory Rules for vehicles including vehicle safety requirements contained in the General Safety Regulation adopted in 2009, the Regulation (EC) 661/2009. General Safety and Pedestrian Safety Regulations required to report to the European Parliament and the Council on progress on safety technology, including monitoring and assessment of new advanced safety features, their costeffectiveness and feasibility for possible inclusion in the regulations on general vehicle safety and on the protection of pedestrians and other vulnerable road user. A preliminary study (published March 2015) contained a review of over 50 possible safety features for legislation. The outcome was 'short list' used for Commission Report Saving Lives: Boosting Car Safety in the EU adopted on 12/12/2016.

 A new Commission proposal on General Vehicle Safety was adopted as part of the 3rd Mobility Package on 17 May 2018. This with focus on new accident avoidance systems and improved active and passive safety measures, both for occupant protection in frontal, side and rear impact as well as for pedestrian and cyclist protection in frontal, side and rear impacts. It is an ambitious strategy that will cover all categories of vehicles that will pave the way for Connected and Automated Driving and stimulate innovation. It is the European Commission´s target of halving the number of annual road fatalities in the EU compared to 2010 by 2020. You will be given an in depth overview of the state of play of the proposed new safety features.

On Thursday, October 25, Agoria is organizing for the fifth time the #RSEVENT2018 'Reveal what's hidden' on regulations and standards. 

Consult the complete programme and register.