Extracts from the Midday statement by Siim KALLAS, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport on roadworthiness testing for motor vehicles and their trailers
Première transmission: 13/07/2012
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 13/07/2012
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 today the European Commission has 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. Recent studies from the UK and Germany indicate that up to 10% of cars at any point in time have a defect that would cause them to fail the tests. Moreover, many technical defects with serious implications for safety (such as ABS and Electronic Stability Control) are not even checked under current rules.
Existing EU rules setting minimum standards for vehicle checks date back to 1977, with only minor updates. Cars, driver behaviour and technology have developed a lot since then.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport
||SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (In English) saying that: This morning we are presenting new proposals to strengthen vehicle's checks. Technical faults are very serious; they are linked to 6% of all serious car accidents and 8% of all accidents involving motorbikes and scooters. Most of these accidents are for vehicles over 6 years old.
||SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (In English) saying that: We are focusing efforts on the most serious problems: The quality of tests, older cars, and cars with high mileage, motorbikes and scooters. What are we proposing? First we are setting new minimum standards on the quality of vehicle's tests and inspectors. When you pay your money you need to get reliable and high quality safety check on your vehicle.
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||SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (In English) saying that: Secondly, we are increasing the frequency of tests for older cars and cars with high mileage. These cars are getting safer and safer but older cars of generally speaking more than 6 years old still go wrong more often; they are linked to more accidents and more serious accidents.
||SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (In English) saying that: Finally we are bringing to EU wide compulsory testing for motorbikes and scooters; these are the most vulnerable road users. If you are driving a car or a motorbike which is not fit to be on the road, you are a danger to yourself and to all the other road users around you. We don't want these vehicles on our roads.
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