The United Nations announced an international agreement, that went into effect Aug. 25, to develop globally uniform environmental regulations for motor vehicles.
These regulations are expected to uniformly provide greater environmental protection, energy efficiency, vehicle safety and pollution reduction from automobiles for countries who are members of the United Nations.
Participating countries will submit candidate regulations that will be included in a compendium of regulations that other countries can adopt.
These countries may also collaborate in the development of new global regulations which they could propose to adopt in their country.
EPA said any regulation the United States chooses to adopt would be subject to the formal U.S. regulatory process.
The development of the agreement was spearheaded by EPA and the Department of Transportation.
The United States was the first to sign the agreement, followed by Canada, Japan, France, England, the European Union, Germany and Russia.
South Africa also signed the agreement and is waiting to be ratified.
by Virginia Sutcliffe