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At a seminar in October, Road Transport Department (JPJ) automotive engineering director Ir Haji Mohamad Dalib revealed that 22 new UN regulations, under the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP29), were set to be gazetted next year in Malaysia.

We’ve just come back from a Malaysia Automotive Institute-Society of Automotive Engineers technical talk on UN regulations for vehicle pneumatic tyres, where JPJ automotive engineering assistant director Arif Fahmi Abdul Wahab revealed the new regulations themselves – and there are 23 of them.

Along with the 78 UN regulations already in force, these standards will be mandated for new vehicle type approvals (VTA) in 2015. Of interest is R101 Passenger Car Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions – this means that officially, fuel economy and carbon emissions will be measured according to the UN ECE R101 standard in Malaysia. It is already an Energy-Efficient Vehicle (EEV) pre-requisite, albeit only for fuel economy currently.

Additionally, a further 19 UN regulations are set to be gazetted in 2017 and two more by 2020, making a grand total of 126 UN regulations incorporated into Malaysian law, Mohamad Dalib said previously.

Among the technologies future gazetted regulations will cover are Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Front Lighting and Enhanced Child Restraint System.

Malaysia was accepted by the UN on April 4, 2006 as a signatory to the 1958 Agreement on Reciprocal Recognition and 1998 Agreement on Global Technical Regulations, under WP29. As a result, Malaysia may test and certify an automotive product and export that product to 51 contracting nations without the need for further testing. These products will bear the stamp ‘E52’, which can be issued by JPJ.

Arif revealed today that there are plans for Malaysia to sign the 1997 Agreement Concerning the Adoption of Uniform Conditions for Periodical Technical Inspections, which could pave the way for standardised periodic vehicle inspections, such as the Voluntary Vehicle Inspection proposed in NAP 2014. You’ll also find some information on vehicle type approval procedures in the slides below.

Note that these UN regulations only apply where that component or system is on the vehicle in question, to ensure they adhere to specification – it does not mean new vehicles must have cornering lamps, headlamp washers, speed limiters or a spare tyre (for instance!) in order to be type-approved in Malaysia.