Press conference by Siim Kallas on Roadworthiness testing for motor vehicles and their trailers
On 13 July 2012, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, gave a press conference on Roadworthiness testing for motor vehicles and their trailers.
Vehicle checks are fundamental to road safety. More than 5 people die on Europe's roads every day in accidents linked to technical failure. So the European Commission adopted new rules to toughen up the testing regime and widen its scope.
Technical defects contribute heavily to accidents. They are responsible for 6% of all car accidents, translating into 2,000 fatalities and many more injuries yearly. 8 % of all motorcycle accidents are linked to technical defects.
The main problem is that there are simply too many vehicles with technical defects on the road.