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New European CO2, safety regulations now in effect for new vehicles

Since 1 January 2020, the new European regulation setting CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and vans is in application. Manufacturers will now have to meet new stricter targets set for the fleet-wide average emissions of new cars and vans registered in a given calendar year.

By 2025, manufacturers will need to reduce fleet-wide emission by 15% for both cars and vans, compared to 2021 levels. By 2030, they will need to reach a 37.5% reduction for cars and 31% reduction for vans.

The regulation also includes a mechanism to incentivize the uptake of zero- and low-emission vehicles in a technology-neutral way.

On 5 January 2020, the European revised General Safety Regulation entered into force. The new rules require that, as of July 2022, all new vehicle models introduced on the European market are equipped with advanced safety features, such as technology to detect drivers’ drowsiness and distraction, improved impact zone to mitigate the risk of injury to pedestrians and cyclists, systems reducing dangerous blind spots on trucks and buses and data recording technology.

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