The 26th ASEAN Automotive Federation Technical Committee 3 for 4-wheelers (AAF/TC3) – Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) Meeting was held in Langkawi, Malaysia on 1 & 2 March 2017.

The ASEAN regional industry consultative meeting with JAMA experts was first held in 2002 to promote harmonization of technical regulations for 4-wheelers and more recently, 2-wheelers. The latest technical regulation issues in the region will be reported by industry representatives of each ASEAN country and discussed with JAMA experts to further improve the homologation processes across the region.


A Brief Report on the 26th AAF/TC3-JAMA Meeting

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The meeting will consist of 3 working groups (WG) discussing topics that include:

Environment & Fuels – WG1
Certification – WG2
UN Regulation Adoption & Safety – WG3

They identify potential technical barriers, otherwise known as unique national regulations and type-approval systems. They then formulate recommendations to improve them via technical harmonization strategies based on internationally recognized standards and practices.

Upon endorsement by the AAF/TC3, the recommendations will be put forward to the respective authorities, ASEAN government bodies including ACCSQ-APWG1 as well as the Southeast Asian forum attended by regulators from ASEAN - the JASIC2 Forum.

Besides the topics covered by the working groups, ASEAN MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement) and traffic safety were also discussed. A breakdown of every discussion follow:

1. WG1 - Environment and Fuels Regulations
In this session, each AAF/TC3 member shared the current status and future direction of the regulations in their respective ASEAN Members State (AMS). The discussions covered:
(1) exhaust emission
(2) fuels (including biofuels)
(3) noise emission
(4) fuel efficiency and CO2.

The WG1 recognized the efforts of the industry with regards to Euro 4 exhaust emission regulations. However, it will be only implemented after APWG, set to come into action on 1 January 2020. With this, each participating country is lobbying for the acceleration of the Euro 4 program’s implementation. In the meantime, WG1 reiterates the importance of fuel improvements prior to new exhaust emission regulations. Following that, JAMA presented the results of their study on the precipitation of biodiesel.

2. WG2 – Certification
WG2 shared and discussed the current definition of vehicle types based on UN regulations and national approvals. The meeting acknowledged that some ASEAN member countries have their own definitions of vehicle types and that could make the implementation of UN regulations more difficult. The group also discussed how to incorporate ASEAN MRA into the approval systems of each country. JAMA agreed to consider the recommendations in the next meeting.

3. WG3 – UN Regulations Adoption and Safety
The WG3 confirmed that there are new movements for safety regulations in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam since the previous meeting.

4. Road Safety
The session on road safety was informed by JAMA that a cooperation scheme to improve road safety had to be conducted in selected countries.

Members reiterated their stances and agreed to confirm the industry recommendation during the second phase of ASEAN MRA. During the meeting, it was also agreed that an ASEAN MRA simulation be proposed at the next APWG session this May in Cambodia.

A new working group is also set to discuss Guidance Documents. AAF/TC5 (two wheelers) will consider participating in this working group.

At the end of the meeting, the Malaysia Automotive Association were thanked for their great hospitality and appreciation was extended to the delegates from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam for their attendance. The next meeting will be held in Vietnam. The date and venue will be confirmed.

1 ACCSG-APWG refers to the ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality-Automotive Product Working Group under the umbrella of the ASEAN Economic Minister Meeting. 2 JASIC refers to Japan Automobile Standards Internationalization Center


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