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Last Updated: 20 January 2020

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Overview

Which agencies are charged with regulating the safe construction of vehicles in Brazil?

What is the role of states in regulating motor vehicles?

How does Brazil regulate motor vehicle emissions?

How does Brazil regulate communications and EMC?

What are the different types of regulatory documents in Brazil and what are their functions?

Does Brazil regulate Autonomous Vehicles? What is the current state of AV regulations?

What is the current status of Electric Vehicles and Fuel Cell Vehicles? Are there incentives or compliance timelines to move to EVs?



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Overview

This document has been designed to help our regulatory compliance customers navigate Brazilian regulations. RegNet Focus includes coverage of Brazil’s emissions, and vehicle safety regulations. RegNet Solutions offers Brazilian regulations in English. The regulations have been machine translated and then reviewed by Brazilian/English bilinguals. Regulations are presented in a consolidated format with markups in red type where amendments have been made.



Which agencies are charged with regulating the safe construction of vehicles in Brazil?

CONTRAN, by its State agencies regulates the safe construction of vehicles. For instance, INMETRO (which is a legal entity with status of an Agency (given by law), makes standards for all vehicle’s specifications such as measures, fuel consumption etc. ABNT (Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas) is an association whose purpose is to set all the safety rules by issuing technical compliance guidelines (NBRs).

CONTRAN is the national traffic board, and it is composed by several federal government ministries, such as Environment, Transportation, among others. CONTRAN is the highest public agency regarding the national traffic public politics, and it coordinates the Traffic National System. Also, it is responsible for all the CTB (Law n# 9.503/1997, the Brazilian Traffic Code) regimentation and issuing acts. Created in 1997, its headquarters is placed on the Federal District and has as its goal to uphold the uniformity and enforcement of the Traffic Code

Still, it is responsible for setting up expert groups gathered to debate about traffic and related topics. In these groups, experts suggest changes and new acts for CONTRAN to update the Traffic Code.

Additionally, CONTRAN sets up all the guidelines to run the CETRANs, CONTRANDIFE and JARIs (Agencies subordinated to CONTRAN).

As a comparison, the Brazilian CONTRAN is an equivalent to the US Department of Transportation.

DENATRAN

The National Traffic Bureau or DENATRAN is also a High Public Agency, but in the matter of traffic, its power is related to enforcement of the Traffic National System. It has administrative and technical autonomy upon the whole country. Its main mission is to supervise and enforce the Traffic Legislation. Also, with headquarters in Brasília (Federal District) DENATRAN enforces all the rules and acts issued by CONTRAN through the Brazilian Traffic Code (CTB).



It supervises all the states departments (DETRANs) and it presents the guidelines to the national traffic campaign. Among its assignments is the entries of driver’s license (CNH) and the vehicle registration number (RENAVAM).



How does Brazil regulate motor vehicle emissions?

Regulated by the MMA, the following agencies are responsible:



CONAMA

The Environment National Board (CONAMA) is a consulting and deliberating agency from the Environment National System, regulated by the Decree 99.274/90.
As a law making agency, the management of air quality (GQA) it has an active part in CONAMA, and it is responsible for coordinating the Task Forces which issued the Acts n# 403/2008, 414/2009, 415/2009, 418/2009, 426/2010, 432/2011, 433/2011, 435/2011, 451/2012 and 456/2013 all of those referring to vehicle pollutant emissions.

IBAMA

The Brazilian Environment and Renewable Resources Institute (IBAMA) has as its main attribution to promote Environment Inspection; enforcing the national environment policies, related to the federal attributions to environmental licensing, to environmental quality control, exploitation right of natural resources and also supervising, monitoring and environmental control; as to enforce the Brazil’s supplementary actions according to the current environmental laws.


Pursuing its attributions IBAMA may integrate actions with Agencies and Entities of the federal public administration, States and Cities. As a comparison, Brazilian IBAMA is the equivalent of US EPA.

There are two emissions programs related to the vehicle pollutant emissions regulations:



PROCONVE, which regulates motor vehicles, including consultation about vehicle pollutant emissions on new vehicles in Brazil, licensing for new vehicles, engines or machines, and vehicles pollutant emissions control.



PROMOT, which regulates motorcycles, including the licensing of motorcycles, mopeds and similar vehicles.



Also, there still the common programs for both motorcycles and vehicles related to pollutant emissions, as the Reducing Agent Automotive Liquid 32 (Arla 32), hybrid vehicles efficiency calculation and regularization for Fuel additive for vehicles



How does Brazil regulate communications and EMC?

On this matter, the ANATEL (which is the Telecommunications Agency) issued the Act n# 1120/2018 regulating EMC, and all the standards are inserted in this act when it comes to EMC.



What is the role of states in regulating motor vehicles?

As reference to CONTRAN above, the Traffic National System operates in a similar way to the US. In the Federal scope, CONTRAN and DENATRAN regulate and enforce the Traffic Legislation.

In the other side, the States through DETRANs operates the issuing of driver’s license registrations, vehicle registrations, and issuances and administration of fines.



What are the different types of regulatory documents in Brazil and what are their functions?

Acts and Decisions are the most commons regulatory bills. They both normally are issued by the director/president of a certain agency while within the scope of the agency.

As to the hierarchy of the law. The root of all legislation related to vehicles is the Brazilian Traffic Code (CTB), Law n#9.503/1997. Below this legislation, are CONTRAN and DENATRAN regulations, and then, State level regulations.



Does Brazil regulate Autonomous Vehicles? What is the current state of AV regulations?

Currently, there are no regulations specific to autonomous vehicles. As of January 2020, there are neither projects nor discussions in Brazilian Congress with regard to regulating autonomous vehicles.



What is the current status of Electric Vehicles and Fuel Cell Vehicles? Are there incentives or compliance timelines to move to EVs?

In Brazil, there is a law project still pending in the Senate (Project of law n# 454) proposing the end of combustion engines by 2060, exchanging combustion engines for electric vehicles.