Australia: Australia released the Draft ADR 72/01 Side Collision Regulations for Comments on September 22, 2023, thefeedback time: September 22, 2023 to November 17, 2023.
ADR 72–Dynamic Side Impact Occupant Protection specifies crash worthiness requirements intended to reduce the likelihood of injury to vehicle occupants in a side impact crash. The current version of ADR 72 does not consider the potential of vehicles with high voltage battery systems to be damaged in a side impact crash and cause electrocutions, fires and chemical burns.The proposed amendments will realign the requirements in ADR 72 with internationally harmonised United Nations Regulation 95 and require all applicable vehicles fitted with electric drivetrains to be assessed against additional criteria related to the prevention of electrocutions, fires and chemical spills from those systems after a side impact crash.
EU: The European Union released a draft for comments on the Regulation (EU) No 305/2013 on September 22, 2023,the feedback time : September 22, 2023 - October 20, 2023.
The main purpose of the revision of Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013 is to adapt the specifications of the PSAPs that receive and handle the eCalls to packet-switched (4G/5G) electronic communications networks. This revision also adapts these specifications to relevant EU legislation that entered into force after Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013 was adopted, such as the General Data Protection Regulation and the European Electronic Communications Code, and updates the version of existing eCall standards.
United States: The United States released a draft for comments on September 11, 2023, planning to revise FMVSS 208-Occupant collision protection, seat belt reminder requirements, the feedback time: September 11, 2023 - November 6, 2023.
To amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, "Occupant crash protection," to require a seat belt use warning system for rear seats. NHTSA is proposing to require a seat belt warning system for the rear seats of passenger cars, trucks, most buses, and multipurpose passenger vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less. This document also proposes to enhance the existing front seat belt warning requirements, including requiring a seat belt warning for the front outboard passenger seat and increasing the duration of the warning.
India: India released a draft of school bus regulations for comments on September 20, 2023, the feedback time: September 20, 2023 - October 19, 2023.
The draft stipulates specific requirements for school buses, including seat design, storage racks, fire extinguishers and other requirements.