The Traffic and Mobility Working Group deals with both active and passive safety issues related to road traffic.

Work areas:

1) Child Restraint Systems (CRS)

During a car accident, Child Restraint Systems, when correctly installed, can reduce child mortality by 75% and the number of seriously injured children by 67%. However, several studies show that 50-70% of child restraints are not properly installed.

The results of the ANEC technical study, evaluating the limits of protection offered by both forward and rearward-facing restraints for children up to four years of age, have confirmed the important gap between the technical conclusions based on accident and test data, and the advice actually provided to consumers through legislation.

At present, the two international regulations addressing the development of child restraints in Europe are: UN-ECE Regulation 44, and the new Regulation 129 (R 129).

ANEC has been participating under the umbrella of Consumers International (CI) in the development of the Enhanced Child Restraint System (ECRS) Regulation.

In parallel, ANEC participates in ISO TC 22 SC 36 WG 2 ‘Child restraint systems’ in order to monitor and contribute to the new envelope accommodating 150 cm child– CRS vs. booster cushion.

ANEC also participates in the work on GRSP Informal Working Group on Safer Transport of Children in Buses and Coaches.

2) Bicycles

Cyclists are vulnerable road users. It is therefore important when developing transport and safety policies to also look at improving the cyclists’ conditions i.e., the infrastructure and driver awareness, as well as their protection. Structural safety of child transport systems for bicycles, standards for bicycles as well as related equipment, and infrastructure are of particular concern to ANEC.

In view of contributing to the improvement of bicycles’ standards, including EPACs (Electrically Power Assisted Cycles), ANEC participates in the relevant Technical Committees at European level (CEN TC 333 ‘Cycles’ and relevant Working Groups) and at international level (ISO TC 149 SC 1 ‘Cycles and major sub-assemblies’ and relevant Working Groups). 

3) Electric vehicles

With the electric car market growing, more and more manufacturers have started to add electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to their ranges. If these vehicles - able to contribute to the European target for reducing CO2 emissions - are to become mainstream, it is essential they come with the proper infra-structure to build consumer’s confidence.

This infrastructure must include equipment allowing the recharging of batteries in an efficient, user friendly and safe way. The charging at domestic socket outlet at homes should be made possible. It is also important to ensure the interoperability of plugs and sockets and lastly billing process.

Several standards are under development, and are being monitored by ANEC in the eMobility Coordination Group and CEN TC 301 ’Road vehicles’. In parallel, a labelling standard for the recharging of electric vehicles at recharging points has been published.

ANEC also follows work on ‘Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) and self-balancing vehicles’, e.g. segways, scooters (without seating position), hoverboards.

ANEC is represented in the relevant Technical Committees to advocate the consumer view. 

4) Safety & emissions of motor vehicles

ANEC welcomes and supports measures intended to reduce emissions from vehicles or to increase their energy efficiency. However, the achievement of such measures should not be taken at the expense of safety or of ‘closed shopping’ for consumers.

ANEC monitors the developments in UNECE WP 29 on Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP) and advocates its early implementation. ANEC also participates in the European Commission’s Motor Vehicle Emissions Group (MVEG) to monitor developments on the revision of the cars/CO2 labelling Directive 1999/94/EC, and ensures that the information provided to consumers on fuel economy and emissions of new cars is clear.

ANEC has also been working in the CEN-CENELEC Joint Working Group ‘Fuel labelling’ to develop (a) European standard(s) on fuel labelling.

ANEC continued to monitor developments regarding tyre labelling and will monitor developments and research concerning tyre performances.

5) Intelligent Transport Systems

Car manufacturers increasingly incorporate high-tech electronic solutions to make driving experiences more comfortable, easier or safer. More and more systems assist and sometimes overrule the driver. But there is often insufficient coherence among the different systems that could potentially lead to a risk of confusion or distraction from the driver or even unforeseen misuse. In many cases there is no prior research available on the safety impact of these new technologies.  These technological improvements bring about not only technical issues but also legal issues in terms of liability, which need to be monitored, and traditional standardisation processes cannot always keep up the pace.

The Traffic and Mobility WG participates in CEN TC 278 ‘Intelligent Transport Systems’ and UNECE WP 29 to monitor issues of consumer concern.

ANEC supports the revision of the ITS Directive and the EC’s wish to accelerate deployment of ITS with the aim to have more efficient, safer, and more sustainable mobility. We believe ITS should pay special attention to new means of mobility, modes and services (including personal mobility devices/options). The harmonisation of data formats is needed, allowing infrastructure and means of road transport to communicate while speaking the same language and thus improving safety and environment.

As ITS will handle personal data of travellers, consumers should actively give their consent (opt-in) and systems should be designed for this. Hence, consumers need to be recognised as stakeholders in the process.

6) Cross-sector issues

The Traffic and Mobility WG works on a selection of consumer issues in collaboration with other ANEC WGs. The use of CRS outside the car, children forgotten in cars, standards for bicycles as well as related equipment and infrastructure, are being jointly monitored with the Child Safety WG. The Traffic and Mobility WG is furthermore monitoring 'silent cars' with the Accessibility WG. And finally, car emissions and CO2 labelling of cars is monitored jointly with the Sustainability WG. With growing work in CCAM (Cooperative, Connected, Automated and Autonomous Mobility), the T&M WG also works with the Digital Society WG.

7) Issues to monitor

From a consumer perspective, it is also important to offer a certain level of protection to all car occupants. Thus, the WG monitors car frontal crash compatibility, safety of pedestrians, safety in coaches and minibuses, head restraints, crash protection of older people and small sized car occupants. Additionally, the WG monitors road vehicles maintenance and repair information.

8) Project Team: Sustainable and smart mobility

ANEC welcomed the EC’s ‘Strategy for sustainable and smart mobility’, released on 9 December. Our new Project Team on Smart Mobility & Sustainable Transport was created early 2020 and  met twice to discuss personal mobility devices and alternative fuels infrastructure, both key in fulfilling the objectives of the Green Deal. Standards can help achieve the policy goals outlined in the Green Deal in various ways, such as to clarify commonly accepted definitions, provide methods for measuring and testing, as well as ensuring open markets for the safe use of new technologies.

Our approach is to prioritise user and consumer safety and needs where accessibility and usability of the transport infrastructure must be guaranteed. In doing so, this supports the transition to sustainable and safe connected, cooperative and automated (CCAM) vehicle concepts, and personal micro-mobility options such as e-scooters, e-bikes and cargo bikes, covering door-to-door mobility.

Please contact Alana Valero (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested in joining the PT.

Activities in the European & international standards bodies and the Forum for Vehicle Regulations under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE):

ANEC is represented in, or monitors, the work of various Technical Committees dealing with traffic and mobility at the European and international levels, as well as forum and expert groups at UNECE (under the umbrella of Consumers International), and European Commission Committees.  

  • CEN TC 158 WG 15 'Helmets for S-EPAC users’
  • CEN TC 226 ‘Road equipment’, WG 9 ‘Clockwork parking meters and automatic car park ticket dispensers'
  • CEN TC 252 WG 7 ‘Child cycle seats'
  • CEN TC 278 'Intelligent Transport Systems'
  • CEN TC 278 WG 15 'eSafety'
  • CEN TC 278 WG 17 ‘Urban ITS’
  • CEN TC 301 'Road vehicles'
  • CEN TC 301 WG 14 ‘Electricity Fuel labelling’
  • CEN TC 333 'Bicycles'
  • CEN TC 333 WG 1 'Bicycle trailers'
  • CEN TC 333 WG 4 'Cycles- Accessories'
  • CEN TC 333 WG 5 ' Electrically Power Assisted Cycles’
  • CEN TC 333 WG 8 ‘Innovative materials in bicycles’
  • CEN TC 333 WG 9 'Cargo bikes'
  • CEN TC 354 WG 4 ‘Personal Light electric vehicles and self-balancing vehicles’
  • CEN TC 441 ‘Project Committee on Fuel labelling’
  • CEN/CENELEC eMobility Coordination Group
  • ISO TC 22 SC 36 WG 2 ‘Child restraint systems’
  • ISO TC 149 SC 1 'Cycles and major sub-assemblies'
  • ISO TC 149 SC 1 WG 13 ‘Continuous improvement of the standards EN ISO 4210 and EN ISO 8098’
  • ISO TC 149 SC 1 WG 10 ‘Lighting and retro-reflective devices’
  • ISO TC 149 SC 1 WG 15 ‘Electrically Power Assisted Cycles’
  • UNECE - WP29 - World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (through CI)
  • UNECE - GRSP - Working Party on Passive Safety (through CI)
  • UNECE - GRSP Informal group on Enhanced Child Restraint Systems (through CI)
  • Motor Vehicles Working Group
  • Motor Vehicles Emissions Group
  • Connected and automated mobility in Europe (CAM) European Commission Expert platform

News

Smart & safe mobility in the context of EU standards

We published the first position paper prepared by the ANEC Smart Mobility & Sustainable Transport Project Team (http://bit.ly/3o6HhBM).

As an introduction, the transition to smart and sustainable transport and mobility is as much about environmental action as it is about equity and social justice. Fulfilling this potential needs action by different levels of government, as well as by public and private partnerships that revolve around passenger and freight transport systems, and behavioural changes in the modes of mobility chosen by consumers.

The paper provides key recommendations from ANEC on topics including physical safety of vehicles, infrastructure surrounding the vehicle, data communication, and cybersecurity.

ANEC’s work on Batteries 

ANEC replied to the public consultation open on ‘Batteries – modernising EU rules’. In line with the Green Deal and other sustainability-related policies, this initiative would update EU rules to ensure all batteries are produced sustainably (i.e. with low resource consumption and little waste generated) and ensure that they can be easily recycled. Another key aim is that any batteries used in the growing market for electric vehicles are sustainable also.

The new proposal for an EU regulation concerning batteries and waste batteries is the correct place to address the consumer issues which were previously not considered (because they were not applicable) in the previous consultation regarding the batteries standardisation request.

ANEC was also involved in the development of SREQ on Batteries. ANEC has been closely involved in this work and supports it as many consumer related issue are part of the standardization request, e.g. battery capacity, minimum average time on discharge when used in specific applications, shelf life (delayed discharge performance), endurance in cycles (for rechargeable batteries) etc. The standardization request on batteries only covers rechargeable batteries for vehicles (cars, trucks, LEV). Though it does cover general safety – the major content is related to performance, information, lifecycle, reuse and recycling.

ANEC replies to review of transport policy

The EC has been seeking an assessment from stakeholders of the success of the EU’s past actions in the field of transport policy, particularly whether the 10 headline targets of the 2011 White Paper were clearly defined and completed.

In reply to the consultation, we said the scope of these targets should have been better defined and more directly linked to actions and deadlines. Nevertheless, we noted that there have been significant improvements to the safety performance of some modes of transport (e.g. passenger cars).

In March, ANEC provided a fuller response to the evaluation of the 2011 White Paper. We reflected on the impacts (and future impacts) of actions taken in the context of the White Paper, highlighting that the market supply is changing rapidly, with consumers benefitting from a range of smart provisions which improve safety of vehicles. These are increasingly being fitted as standard and many will soon be required by legislation (e.g., the General Safety Regulation).

ANEC replies on future transport and mobility strategy

As a second part of the consultation on the White Paper, the EC sought the views of stakeholders on key objectives and possible areas of intervention at EU level. We stressed the need for EU support for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), noting that it is key to embrace technologies such as traffic and demand management, access control, electronic/contactless payments (smart cards for multimodal transport). Such measures can improve real-time management of traffic, with data linked to monitoring the flows of transport and people (mobility) for environmental purposes. We added the importance of ensuring new innovative approaches are gradually introduced with road infrastructure modernisation to enable EU-wide standards to be followed. 

Publications

To access position papers related to Traffic & Mobility please click the following link, Position papers.