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Group Mandate

The informal working group on environmental and propulsion performance requirements for L-category vehicles aligns with an initiative by the European Commission to revise type approval procedures for such vehicle types (see Regulation (EU) No 168/2013).

L-category vehicle is the family name of light vehicles such as powered cycles, mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles used in UN type-approval regulations. Category 3 is the counterpart class used by Global Technical Regulations.

In order to promote harmonization, the European Commission is pursuing the development of new laws under the proposed EU type-approval system for L-category vehicles through this informal group.

The EPPR group is developing new provisions concerning the following environmental performance assessment test:

  • I Tailpipe emissions test after cold start;
  • II Tailpipe emissions test at (increased) idle / free acceleration test;
  • III Emission test of crankcase gasses;
  • IV Evaporative emissions test;
  • V Durability testing of pollution control devices;
  • VII Measurement of energy efficiency (CO2 emissions, fuel consumption, electric energy consumption and electric range determination);
  • VIII environmental on-board diagnostic verification tests as well as functional on-board diagnostics.
  • Test VI: Cold ambient emissions is considered outside the scope of this effort.

Revisions to GTR No. 2 (WMTC) will address test types I, II, and VII while new Global Technical Regulations are expected on “crankcase and evaporative emissions” (IV and III, respectively), OBD (VIII), and, in a second phase, on durability and “propulsion unit performance requirements”.

The initial completion date for the first phase of work was June 2016; however, a proposal is under consideration to extend the EPPR group mandate into 2020.

Status of Work

The EPPR informal group has set up a page for its OBD 2 Correspondence Group with documents covering the motorcycle on-board diagnostics work.

Headlines Archive

The table below provides links to third-party articles of interest related to global automotive regulations and policies. The links are added at the time of publication and may have changed since the time they were posted. We encourage users to let us know if any of the listings are no longer valid.

29 Jan 2016 India: BS-VI norms for 2 and 3 wheelers soon GTR No. 2 | Motorcycle Emissions and Fuel Consumption, WP.29 Regulatory Project | Fuel Quality, GTR No. 18 | Motorcycle On-Board Diagnostic Systems, UN Regulation No. 40 | Emission of Gaseous Pollutants by Motorcycles, and UN Regulation No. 47 | Moped Emissions Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements for L-category Vehicles (EPPR) Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) India India