Active City Stop

Currently, a total of 100 United Nations Regulations (UNR) have been enforced in Malaysia. But as Bernama reports, Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said that the nation is on track to add 26 more regulations as per the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP29) by year 2020.

“Malaysia aims to put into effect 126 UNR by 2020,” Ismail said. “We hope the implementation of the UNR via the Vehicle Type Approval (VTA) process will reduce the death toll due to accidents involving vehicles to 3% annually by 2020 from the current 6%.”

As previously reported, the additional regulations are said to include Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Front Lighting and Enhanced Child Restraint System. However, it was not said exactly when each of these technologies will be mandated for new vehicle type approvals.


The United Nation’s WP29 is recognised by 51 nations, each conforming to the set degree of safety standards. Malaysian has been a part of WP29 since April 4, 2006, while JPJ has been recognised as an Approval Authority since July 20, 2012. As a result of this, Malaysia is granted the authority to test, certify and export automotive products to any one of the 51 contracting nations without the need for further testing.

It has already been reported that local manufacturers, Proton and Perodua, are expected to adopt several of these advanced active safety features as soon as next year. Speaking at a recent technical conference, ASEAN NCAP secretary-general Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim predicted that the nation’s automakers will adopt AEB and lane-keeping active safety systems.

“From 2011 to 2016, our pre-requisites for a car to quality for a five-star rating was only to have electronic stability control (ESC) and seatbelt reminders for both front passengers. From 2017 to 2020, to get a five-star rating you still will need to have full ESC and seatbelt reminders, but that will only qualify for a low-class five-star score. To get a high-class five-star rating, you will need AEB and lane-keeping,” Khairil said.