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Motor vehicle wheel guards

This Regulation lays down rules relating to wheel guards. The aim is to adapt current requirements to developments in scientific and technical knowledge.


Commission Regulation (EU) No 1009/2010 of 9 November 2010 concerning type-approval requirements for wheel guards of certain motor vehicles and implementing Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning type-approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefor (Text with EEA relevance).


This Regulation sets out type-approval requirements for motor vehicle wheel guards. It forms part of the implementation of the Regulation on the general safety of motor vehicles.

Type of vehicle concerned

This Regulation applies to vehicles of category M1, i.e. vehicles designed and built for the carriage of passengers and having, in addition to the driver’s seat, not more than eight seats.

Requirements for wheel guards

Manufacturers must equip vehicles with a guard for each wheel. The wheel guards may consist of parts of the bodywork or separate mudguards the purpose of which is to protect road users against thrown-up stones, mud, ice, snow and water.

The Regulation also defines specific requirements concerning, in particular:

  • the vehicle’s mass;
  • the overall width of the wheel guard;
  • the contour and location of the wheel guards.

Manufacturers must also design the vehicle in order that users may use snow traction devices *.

Provisions for EC type-approval

The vehicle manufacturer must submit an application for EC type-approval to the competent authority. Said application must contain the following information, namely:

  • the make and type of vehicle;
  • the number of axles and wheels;
  • detailed drawings of the wheel guards.

If the competent authority considers that the vehicle satisfies all of the requirements for wheel guards, it shall grant EC type-approval and issue a type-approval number in accordance with Directive 2007/46/EC.

Key terms of the Act
  • Snow traction device: snow chain or other equivalent device providing traction in snow, which shall be able to be mounted onto the vehicle’s tyre/wheel combination.


ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Regulation (EU) No 1009/2010



OJ L 292 of 10.11.2010

Last updated: 09.02.2011
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