New rules on roadworthiness one step closer

Transport Committee supports agreement on roadworthiness

An informal agreement with EU member on the roadworthiness package was supported by the transport Committee on 21 January. The revised rules would set new EU-level standards for periodic technical inspections of vehicles. Testing equipment would have to meet minimum technical standards and inspectors carrying out periodic checks would have to satisfy minimum competence and training requirements laid down in the new rules.  The roadside checks on commercial vehicles would have to be made on at least 5% vehicles on EU roads in each calendar year. Moreover, in case of re-registration of the vehicles, member states would be required to recognize a valid roadworthiness certificate issued by another member state. The whole proposal is expected to be voted in Parliament in March 2014. The text can be read here: