Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Regulations and Standards for Clean Trucks and Buses

On the Right Track?

Policy Insights

  • Ensure that vehicle safety regulations and standards for electric and hydrogen cover all classes of road vehicles and better differentiate between light and heavy vehicles.
  • Leverage the experience of international regulatory fora to extend the coverage of safety-related requirements to heavy electric vehicles.
  • Ensure that the scope of regulations on the safety of hydrogen-powered heavy vehicles addresses aspects that are currently not adequately considered.
  • Involve diverse transport and energy stakeholders in the development of charging standards for electric heavy vehicles.
  • Address missing elements in regulations and standards related to electric road systems.
  • Develop hydrogen refuelling protocols for heavy vehicles using gaseous storage at 70 MPa, new nozzles and instruments guaranteeing compliance with stringent fuel quality requirements.
  • Increase the focus of pre-normative research on the safe use of low- and zero emission vehicles with existing vehicle infrastructure, especially for hydrogen-powered options.
  • Harmonise regulations on tailpipe GHG emissions and energy consumption of heavy vehicles, also integrating instruments evaluating energy use for low- and zero-emission vehicles.
  • Fully integrate electricity and hydrogen into regulatory policies on low-carbon fuels.
  • Address non-regulated pollutants and integrate hydrogen-powered vehicles using internal combustion engines in regulations on tailpipe pollutant emissions.
  • Address the environmental performance of vehicle batteries with regulatory innovation targeting their durability, carbon footprint and the sustainability of associated supply chains.
  • Develop an internationally harmonised regulatory framework for the application of differentiated road charges and access restrictions based on environmental performances of vehicles.

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