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Global CV meeting calls for cooperation among regulators

05 November 2014 #Logistics #News #Policy #Top Stories

Greater harmonisation among regulatory bodies is needed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions in the CV sector, say European, North American and Japanese heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturers.

Members of ACEA, Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) convened at the 12th Global Commercial Vehicle meeting in Tokyo, to discuss a number of issues faced by the sector.

Susumu Hosoi, President of Isuzu Motors and Chairman of JAMA, chaired the event, saying, “Heavy-duty engine and vehicle manufacturers are making clear progress in exhaust emission reductions and fuel efficiency improvements with sustained efforts.”

The meeting covered a number of other topics including improving safety, introducing certification for heavy-duty hybrids and how best to adopt the worldwide heavy-duty emissions certification procedure.

ACEA, EMA and JAMA members all agreed that with better cooperation amongst the regulators in their respective countries the easier it will be to develop safety measures for heavy goods vehicles and fuel specifications for diesel, alongside making the CV sector more fuel efficient and reducing the emissions produced.

“We confirmed that accelerating efforts aimed at harmonisation of test procedures and standards are needed to advance the global objective of greenhouse gas reductions,” said Hosoi. “We also confirmed the need to continue to discuss safety measures. The best approach to reach this objective is for governments and the industry to work together.”

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