General Safety Regulation (GSR)

A new EC Regulation was published in July of 2009 which introduced a large number of new technical requirements and changed the structure and format of the European Union’s type approval legislation. 

This Regulation, (EC) No. 661/2009, is entitled “type approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefore” and is known as the General Safety Regulation or GSR for short.

The purpose of the GSR is threefold.

It contains provisions relating to:-

  • the mandatory introduction of certain advanced vehicle safety features
  • a simplification of the vehicle type approval legislative framework
  • the introduction of new tyre related requirements.

The introduction of advanced vehicle safety features such as Electronic Stability Control Systems (ESC), Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) and Lane Departure Warning Systems (LDW) will result in greater safety for all road users.

The running costs for motorists are also likely to be reduced with the introduction of Gear Shift Indicators (GSI), Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and low rolling resistance tyres, leading to a reduction in CO2 emissions, reduced vehicle noise levels and improved air quality.

Further details on each of the three aspects of the GSR are availablein our GSR information note