New European Standards on Alcohol Interlocks

This paper describes how the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) is in the process of finalizing a European Standard of test procedures and performance requirements for alcohol interlocks. A draft was published for comment in April 2004 and it is expected that the final standards will be voted on in early August 2005. A range of stakeholders are participants in the process, including government authorities, users and manufacturers. Each of these groups is represented on a national committee, and this committee will vote on acceptance of the interlock standards. As the technology associated with interlocks has advanced and their use has proliferated, several countries have also developed interlock standards to regulate their use. In the U.S., Model Specifications for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIIDs) were instituted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in April 1992; the Qualification Test Specification for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIIDs) for use in the Province of Alberta were developed in October 1992 and have since formed the basis of interlock standards for other provinces in Canada; and, Australian Standards for breath alcohol testing devices for personal use were first passed in 1988 and were subsequently revised in 1997.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 37-38
  • Monograph Title: Alcohol Interlock Programs: Pushing Back the Frontiers

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  • Accession Number: 01053804
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 092007152x
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 2007 12:07PM