In line with the approach taken by Government departments and agencies, Ofcom is preparing for all eventualities relating to the UK’s planned withdrawal from the EU. With this in mind, we are consulting on proposed changes that would need to be made to one of Ofcom’s regulatory instruments, in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019 without a withdrawal agreement being in place.
Ofcom proposes to make an amendment to the Wireless Telegraphy (Automotive Short Range Radar) (Exemption) Regulations 2013. These regulations exempt the use of certain short range radars (SRR) equipment in the 24 GHz band that are installed, or replace equipment, in a vehicle that was registered, placed on the market or put into service in the Community (i.e. in the European Union) after 30 June 2013 from the need to hold a Wireless Telegraphy Act licence.
If these regulations are not amended, this licence exemption would cease to apply to equipment in vehicles that are registered, placed on the market or put into service in the United Kingdom after Exit Day, since the United Kingdom would cease to be a member of the European Union. We are therefore proposing to amend the regulations to cover equipment that is installed in a vehicle which is registered, placed on the market or put into service in the United Kingdom or in the European Union after Exit Day. The proposed changes would make sure that the scope of the Regulations remains the same.
To implement these proposals, we are consulting on making the Wireless Telegraphy (Automotive Short Range Radar) (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2019.
Any comments on the regulations are sought by 5pm on 22 March 2019.
Please submit responses using the consultation responses form (RTF, 1.4 MB).
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