Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the application by the Union of Regulations Nos 9, 63 and 92 of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on uniform provisions concerning the approval of three-wheeled vehicles, mopeds and of the replacement exhaust silencing systems for Lcategory vehicles with regard to sound emission
1. This proposal concerns the application of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulations Nos. 9, 63, and 92 within the European Union (EU). These regulations detail the type approval requirements of three-wheeled vehicles (Regulation 9), mopeds (Regulation 63) and replacement exhaust silencing systems (RESS) for motorcycles (Regulation 92) with regard to sound emissions.
2. The UNECE develops harmonised vehicle standards at an international level in order to remove the technical barriers to trade between Contracting Parties to the international agreement known as “the 1958 Agreement”. Since 1970 the EU has based many of its own motor vehicle regulations on existing UNECE Regulations, and in 1995 the 1958 Agreement was revised in order that the EU (and the constituent member states) could become a Contracting Party. The EU currently applies most of the UN Regulations adopted under this agreement, with the exception of those that would not provide a level of health, safety or environmental protection that is similar or higher than existing EU legislation.