EU plans to make driving a safer experience

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    EU plans to make driving a safer experience



    Some seem sensible and not too costly while others feel a little bit too big brother and more like a technical tariff for non-EU large EU centred manufacturers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast
    Some seem sensible and not too costly while others feel a little bit too big brother and more like a technical tariff for non-EU large EU centred manufacturers.
    How can it be a tariff when it applies to all vehicles sold in the EU, regardless of where the car is made? BMW have to comply just as much as Ford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    How can it be a tariff when it applies to all vehicles sold in the EU, regardless of where the car is made? BMW have to comply just as much as Ford.
    A Technical tariff in more formal parlance are 'Technical Barriers to Trade'

    Designers / manufacturers in the home market would have an advantage meeting artificially 'complex' technical requirements imposed just for that market. Like say food labelling in India or German purity laws for beer

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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast
    A Technical tariff in more formal parlance are 'Technical Barriers to Trade'

    Designers / manufacturers in the home market would have an advantage meeting artificially 'complex' technical requirements imposed just for that market. Like say food labelling in India or German purity laws for beer
    Pretty hard to say that applies in this case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    Pretty hard to say that applies in this case.
    You may be right but the cost of getting approvals for all these new 'technical' requirements could well be off-putting for companies trying to enter the trading block. Having all these as mandatory would seem to favour larger, technically more advanced car makers that already have a large market share. Or perhaps vulnerable road user detection systems may be an absolute necessity and only legislation can be used to make car manufacturers install them in all vehicles

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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast
    You may be right but the cost of getting approvals for all these new 'technical' requirements could well be off-putting for companies trying to enter the trading block. Having all these as mandatory would seem to favour larger, technically more advanced car makers that already have a large market share. Or perhaps vulnerable road user detection systems may be an absolute necessity and only legislation can be used to make car manufacturers install them in all vehicles
    I can see it favours large OEM's over small - that's fine and the way the industry has been moving for many years. Plenty of small OEM's in Europe that will struggle with this too. Improving road safety seems a reasonable goal to pursue, and again is simply a continuation of policy set for decades. Not many of us would go back to cars without seatbelts or crumple zones now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    I can see it favours large OEM's over small - that's fine and the way the industry has been moving for many years. Plenty of small OEM's in Europe that will struggle with this too. Improving road safety seems a reasonable goal to pursue, and again is simply a continuation of policy set for decades. Not many of us would go back to cars without seatbelts or crumple zones now.
    A lot of the items on the list seem sensible and not technically prohibitive. Seat belts and crumple zones would fit in the context of technically possible for most companies as would data recorders and side impact protection. I am probably wrong but I overall think it will reduce car imports into Europe, increase vehicle costs, add subscription models for software compliance & updates. A simpler set of requirements coupled with mandatory expenditure on road safety schemes (calming etc) would probably have a lower cost and a better impact.