The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has welcomed a new system for global technical regulations on car components.
It could allow car firms to sell vehicles globally without the costly technical and administrative process of adapting components to local legal standards. It follows the creation of a Global Registry, storing worldwide agreements on vehicle regulations. This accord was made between the three main car and lorry making blocs EU, US and Japan under United Nations guidance.
Once global regulations have been established, signatories would be obliged to press for them to be written into national legislation.
The US has signed the agreement, and the European Commission has urged the Council of Ministers to approve it in Europe.