The 23rd AAF/TC3-JAMA (ASEAN Automotive Federation Technical Committee 3 for 4 wheelers – Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association) Meeting in plenary was held in Singapore on 16 September 2015. Since its inception in 2002, this ASEAN regional industry consultative meeting with JAMA experts convenes annually to identify potential unique technical regulations or certification requirements, also known as Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). The meeting also formulates industry stances and recommendations, to improve or promote technical harmonization across ASEAN countries.

Brief Report on the 23rd AAF/TC3-JAMA Meeting

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Prior to the 23rd AAF/TC3-JAMA Meeting in plenary, ASEAN (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and Japanese representatives from the automotive industry attended the following dialogue sessions: WG1 (Environment and Fuel), WG2 (Certification), WG3 (UNECE Regulations Adoption and Safety), ASEAN MRA, and Road Safety & CO2 Policy were held from 15-16 September 2015. The following paragraphs provide the main outcomes from the plenary sessions.

Environment and Fuel regulations (WG1)
The current status and direction of each ASEAN country’s regulations pertaining to (1) fuels (including biofuels), (2) exhaust emission, (3) noise emission, (4) fuel efficiency and CO2 were reported by each AAF/TC3 member association in the WG1 session

At the regional level, a representative from TAIA reported that Thailand has initiated a discussion on harmonization of market fuel specifications across ASEAN Member States(AMSs). The representative will be proposing this agenda for deliberation at the next ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting (AMEM) and its related meetings (from 5-9 October 2015 in Malaysia).

With regards to biodiesel, although JAMA’s recommendation to ASEAN countries has always been up to B5 (the blending 95% of diesel with 5% FAME) with conditions of appropriate fuels specifications being met, JAMA will be issuing a supplemental statement with further conditions to accept higher blending from B7 to B20 as diesel upon further studies.

Certification (WG2)
The status of each ASEAN countries pertaining to (1) the accession to 1958/1998 Agreement, (2) the definition of vehicle type under national type approval, were reported by each AAF/TC3 member association in the WG2 session.

The WG2 session also noted that every AMS has his or her own definition of “Whole Vehicle Type”. At present, the session recommends that the definition of “Vehicle (System) Type” should follow the internationally recognized definitions of the respective UNRs. However, once the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA)’s is established under the United Nation WP29 (The UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations), the session recommends each AMS to follow the established definition

UN-R Adoption and Safety (WG3)
The status and direction of each ASEAN country’s adoption of UN-Rs were reported by each AAF/TC3 member and summarized in the WG3 session. On top of that, JAMA shared the latest IWVTA discussion, which included a compilation of Q&A, pertaining to the IWVTA, in progress. The session also noted that AMSs are encouraged to contribute further to the compilation of Q&A by adding more questions that are highly concerning in ASEAN region.

Pertaining to the list of UN Regulations (UNRs) to be considered under ASEAN MRA’s second phase and beyond, the ASEAN MRA session recommends that sufficient justification is required when introducing the respective UNRs in each AMS.

To facilitate smooth implementation of the ASEAN MRA in future, the session also recommends the simulation of mutually recognizing test reports of the items under the ASEAN MRA, prior to actual implementation.

Road Safety & CO2 Policy
The session on Road Safety CO2 Policy was informed by JAMA2, that a cooperation scheme to improve road safety and reduction of CO2 emission has been launched in the Working Group of Automotive Industry (WGAI) under the umbrella of the ASEAN Economic Ministers and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (AMEICC).

Venue and Date of Next AAF/TC3-JAMA Meeting
The 24th AAF/TC3-JAMA Meeting is scheduled to be on first quarter of 2016, in the Philippines.

23rd AAF/TC3-JAMA Meeting
Tulip Room, Peninsular Excelsior Hotel, Singapore
15 - 16 Sep,2015

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