Complete vehicles or electronic sub-assemblies, such as warning beacons, alarm systems and high-mounted brake lights must be tested to conform with ECE Regulation 10, in addition to other regulations covering the particular item’s use.
This specific area of legislation applies to electromagnetic compatibility, often referred to as EMC, ensuring that electrical items do not interfere with any of the vehicle’s components. The testing of these products involve scientific tests monitoring the energy use and electromagnetic emissions from a device within a specific frequency range.
Under Europe-wide legislation, any product fitted to a vehicle must have this type approval. As proof that an item has been tested to this standard, the ‘E’ mark as it is known, will be permanently displayed on the device and must not be removed.
Any product tested in any European member state, and some non-European nations, can apply for type approval to this standard and any product showing a valid ’E’ mark must be accepted in any European nation.
As the type approval for this type of product is a requirement under legislation, insurance companies can invalidate your motor or other liability policy as fitting a device that does not conform to this and other type approvals are strictly forbidden under the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 and the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations, as amended.
All products carrying an ‘E’ mark that shows conformance to ECE Regulation 10 will be displayed as per the example below. Please note that multiple ‘E’ marks may be displayed in a tabled or other similar form.