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Vehicle Safety Standards

The difference in safety regulations across the world has been blamed for the higher costs of vehicle development and higher trade barriers. To facilitate the international trade of automotive products and achieve a higher level of vehicle safety, global efforts have focused on a uniform system of vehicle safety regulations.

In partnership with the Korean government, TS has actively engaged in international cooperation on the establishment and revision of universal safety regulations within both bilateral and multilateral frameworks.

Major Forums for Discussion on the International Harmonization of Vehicle Safety Standards

  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

  • World Forum for the Harmonization
    of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29)

    • 1958 Agreement
      (UN Regulations)

    • 1998 Agreement
      (Global Technical Regulations)

  • The World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations is a working party (WP.29) of the Inland Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
  • 1958 Agreement : Agreement concerning the Adoption of Uniform Technical Prescriptions for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts that can be fitted and/or be used on Wheeled Vehicles and the Conditions for the Reciprocal Recognition of Approvals Granted on the Basis of These Prescriptions
  • 1998 Agreement : Agreement Concerning the Establishment of Global Technical Regulations for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts That Can Be Fitted and/or Used on Wheeled Vehicles
  • More information on the World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations is available at http://www.unece.org/trans/main/welcwp29.html
  • APEC Transportation Working Group (TPT-WG)

  • Land Expert Group

    • Road Safety Sub-group

    • Vehicle Standards
      Harmonization Sub-group

  • The TPT-WG consists of four Expert Groups on intermodal, land, aviation and maritime transport, under which sub-groups of experts deal with aviation security, aviation safety, maritime security, road safety, vehicle standards harmonization and GNSS.
  • Korea is serving as chair of the Vehicle Standards Harmonization Sub-group, with the help of Australia, the Deputy Chair.
  • More information on the APEC Transportation Working Group is available at http://www.apec-tptwg.org.cn/

Vehicle Safety Standards - Vehicle Safety Standards

  • Japan Automobile Standards International Harmonization Center (JASIC) Asia Government/Industry Meeting
  • Discussions for free trade agreements
  • Discussions under the World Trade Organization
  • Bilateral meetings with countries, including the United States, Japan, China, and Australia