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Understanding the conditions of road crashes supports the assessment of how vehicles’ safety equipment performs, which can help to improve these systems to reinforce safety on the road. A new UN Regulation which entered into force on 30 September 2021 will introduce a major breakthrough in 
UNECE’s new Transport Statistics Infocard offers a new, user-friendly country-by-country perspective on important transport topics that are needed to inform policy decisions: road safety, numbers of cars and length of railways, alternative fuel use
Two new United Nations Vehicle Regulations will reduce the number and severity of collisions between vehicles moving off from a stationary position or in reverse manoeuvre at low speed, and pedestrians and cyclists. They build  on the
Recognizing the vital importance of mobility and connectivity for sustainable economic development and taking stock of key challenges, UNECE has consolidated its work in this cross-cutting area to help countries leverage its tools to steer recovery efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals
Three landmark UN vehicle regulations adopted last June by the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations entered into force on 22 January 2021, as notified by the United Nations Secretary General.  The three Regulations are applicable in the 
Over the past 20 years, international and national vehicle regulations have introduced increasingly stringent ceilings on particulate emissions (PM 2.5 and 10) from vehicles’ exhaust.   As a result, according to the emission inventories submitted by countries to UNECE’s  Convention on Long-range
Vehicles’ interior air quality has steadily improved over the last decade, with the use of materials emitting less toxic components into the air. The updated recommendation adopted today by UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization
The UN Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) is launching a project to regulate the export and import of used vehicles in West and East Africa, in countries such as Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire or Uganda .  The "Safer and cleaner used vehicles for Africa" initiative will put in place requirements to ensure that
Some 60 countries have reached a milestone in mobility with the adoption of a United Nations Regulation that will allow for the safe introduction of automated vehicles in certain traffic environments.The UN Regulation establishes strict requirements for Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) for
The automotive sector is undergoing a profound transformation with the digitalization of in-car systems that are necessary to deliver vehicle automation, connectivity and shared mobility. Today, cars contain up to 150 electronic control units and about 100 million lines of software code – four
Consumers need to be confident in car manufacturers’ emissions information when choosing which new model to buy. UNECE will make it easier for countries around the world to implement state of the art emissions test procedures with a new UN Regulation featuring the Worldwide Harmonized Light
Autonomous vehicles are expected to bring enormous benefits to society in terms of enhanced mobility and increased safety. However, these benefits will only materialise if autonomous technologies are introduced in a transparent manner and based on the best global expertise and international
Fuel quality is key to deliver on sustained low emissions from cars, as both cleaner fuels and advanced emission control systems are needed to deliver on cleaner tailpipe emissions.Since the 1980s, UN Vehicle Regulations have enforced the installation of advanced emission control systems (e.g.
Ministers of Transport and high-level officials from across the globe came to the Transport Week of the 81st plenary session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), to debate on cutting-edge issues, including automation and digitalization in transport, and participate in the discussion of a
Automation in transport, including “self-driving” autonomous vehicles, has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people and transform mobility as we know it. It could enable a safer, more efficient, accessible and ecological means of transport. It could also ultimately save billions
Some 40 Countries have agreed on a draft United Nations Regulation for Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) for cars. This will significantly improve road safety, especially in cities, where in the European Union alone, over
Blind spots - those areas around a vehicle that the driver can't fully see by looking through windows or in conventional mirrors – are a significant cause of accidents involving lorries. This is especially the case when the truck is turning right (or left in countries that drive on the left), a
Reducing the variations between vehicle emissions measured in laboratory and on-road conditions has become an important dimension of efforts to tackle the environmental and health impact of cars. This comes as the need to improve air quality is gaining increasing recognition, especially in cities
Every second counts in a road traffic emergency. Reducing the time it takes for medical services, firefighters and rescuers to arrive on the scene can save lives and limit the severity of the consequences of road accidents for survivors. Every year 1.25 million people die in road traffic
Many countries around the world currently apply no UN vehicle regulations, often resulting in the absence of minimum safety and environmental performance requirements. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) developed the latest changes (Revision 3) to the 1958 Agreement
As of 1 September 2017, consumers in Europe will benefit from more accurate information on vehicle fuel consumption and emissions thanks to the entry into force of a new standard testing procedure (the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure, or WLTP). A Global Technical Regulation on
The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations received Global NCAP’s Annual Award in recognition of its role promoting global regulations for vehicle safety in the interests of consumer protection.   The award was handed over by David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP, to Boris
As self-driving cars slowly edge towards commercial reality, with companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Continental, Tesla, Denso, or Google getting in gear, regulatory action has already started at UNECE. Under the auspices of the World Forum for harmonization of vehicle regulations, the UNECE
On 3 March 2015 Belarus will become a Contracting Party to the 1998 Agreement on Global Vehicle Regulations.The 1998 Agreement is the legal framework for the development of global technical regulations for vehicles and their components, with the aim of increasing their active and passive safety,
Serious and fatal injuries from car accidents involving pedestrians will be dramatically reduced making walking and cycling safer as a result of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) adopting a new impact testing method for automakers.  Embracing the latest technological