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Spray-suppression systems for motor vehicles

Regulation (EU) No 109/2011 - spray-suppression systems

ACT

Commission Regulation (EU) No 109/2011 of 27 January 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards type-approval requirements for certain categories of motor vehicles and their trailers as regards spray-suppression systems

SUMMARY

WHAT DOES THIS REGULATION DO?

The regulation defines the requirements for type-approval of spray-suppression systems* for certain categories of motor vehicles. It implements Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 relating to the general safety of motor vehicles.

KEY POINTS

Categories of motor vehicle

The regulation applies to categories N and O, consisting of motor vehicles designed and constructed for transporting goods, having at least four wheels, as well as to trailers.

Spray-suppression system requirements

Spray-suppression devices are generally situated above the wheels of the vehicle and may comprise a mudguard*, outer valances* and rain flaps*.

The device must be able to operate properly when used normally on wet roads. The following types of device are recognised:

energy-absorber type devices;

air/water separator type devices.

Type-approval

The manufacturer of the device and the manufacturer of the vehicle are both required to submit applications for EC type-approval to the competent national authority. This application must contain certain information, specifically:

the make and type of the device or vehicle;

the number of axles and wheels of the vehicle;

the description of the spray-suppression system and its constituent parts.

The manufacturer of the spray-suppression device is required to provide administrative documents relating to the EC type-approval of spray-suppression systems as a separate technical unit.

The manufacturer of the vehicle is required to provide administrative documents relating to:

the EC type-approval of the vehicle as regards the installation of spray-suppression devices;

the type-approval certificate of the fitted device.

If the competent authority considers that the device or vehicle satisfies all the requirements concerning spray-suppression systems, it shall grant EC type-approval and issue a type-approval number in accordance with Directive 2007/46/EC.

KEYWORDS

* Spray-suppression system: system that reduces road spray by means of mudguards, valances and rain flaps (see below).

* Type-approval: Indicates that tests have been done to ensure that the relevant regulatory, technical and safety requirements have been met.

* Mudguard: a rigid part of a vehicle that prevents road spray from the tyre being thrown into the air.

* Valance: normally attached to the rear bumper, this prevents rain and mud being sprayed onto other cars and passers-by.

* Rain flap: a flexible component mounted vertically behind a wheel which reduces the spray from a wet road.

REFERENCES

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EU) No 109/2011

1.3.2011

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OJ L 34, 9.2.2011, pp. 2-28

Amending act(s)

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EU) 2015/166

24.2.2015

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OJ L 28, 4.2.2015, pp. 3-39

RELATED ACTS

Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 concerning type-approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefor (OJ L 200, 31.7.2009, pp. 1-24)

last update 24.09.2015

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