Japan
Automobile
Manufacturers
Association, Inc.

Issue No. 3, 2011

Growing momentum for IWVTA

The Japanese government proposed the establishment of International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) to the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) in March last year and discussions on this subject are ongoing under the framework of that body’s 1958 Agreement.

The European Union’s cooperation in this regard is viewed as crucial, because acceptance of IWVTA by the European Commission would be instrumental in promoting IWVTA across the globe.  Its widespread adoption would accelerate international harmonisation of technical regulations pertaining to vehicle safety and environmental performance and bring significant benefits to the automotive industry and vehicle users alike.  For those reasons, JAMA strongly supports the IWVTA concept.

At a WP.29 meeting in June 2011, basic agreement was reached on the criteria for selecting standards to be incorporated within IWVTA.  A roadmap targeting the establishment of IWVTA is to be finalised at a WP.29 meeting in November this year, with comprehensive draft standards to be compiled and submitted to the forum in 2016.

JAMA welcomes stepped-up discussions on IWVTA and looks forward to its earliest possible introduction.  Towards that end, JAMA will actively promote IWVTA among emerging economies and work with relevant players in both the public and private sectors, including the Commission and ASEAN governments as well as OICA (the International Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers) and national industry associations in the Asian region.