General Info

The European Enhanced Vehicle-Safety Committee (EEVC) was established in 1970 following the US Department of Transportation’s call for an international initiative on Experimental Safety Vehicles.

Membership

The EEVC steering committee comprises representatives from various European nations, typically from their Departments of Transport. Specialist Working Groups, each consisting of technical experts nominated by national governments, execute research tasks under the guidance of the steering committee.

Offices

The EEVC operates without a centralized secretariat or office. For inquiries, contacting the technical secretary via email is advised.

Financing

The central EEVC organization does not receive dedicated funding; resources are provided by supporting governments. Funding for Working Group activities may originate from national governments, the European Commission, industry, or other entities.

Testing

While the EEVC conducts car testing for research and development purposes, it does not issue approvals. EuroNCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) independently tests cars for performance under various impact conditions, but it operates separately from the EEVC.

Access Restrictions

Much of the EEVC site is password-protected to safeguard ongoing research until publication. Access to confidential areas is limited to EEVC members, with different passwords granting access to specific sections.

Membership Acquisition

Membership in the EEVC and its groups is not open to individuals. The steering committee comprises members of national Departments of Transport, with invitations extended to European Commission representatives. Working Groups consist of technical experts nominated by relevant Departments of Transport, with additional support members chosen as necessary.

Standards and Regulations

While the EEVC does not create standards or regulations directly, it conducts foundational research to inform their development. It may propose test procedures and equipment, which regulatory bodies may adopt and formalize into regulatory documents. The EEVC may provide assistance in this process upon request but is not formally involved in regulatory decision-making.