Vote on Periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles:
- extracts from the vote
- statement by Werner KUHN (EPP, DE)
EP Committee on Transport and Tourism
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 30/05/2013 First transmission: 30/05/2013
MEPs from the EP Committee on Transport and Tourism voted today on the introduction of periodic roadworthiness tests (RWT) for motor vehicles. The vote might lead to new regulation on RWT which includes all kinds of powered two wheelers and which requires annual checks for all road vehicles older than six years. Rapporteur Werner KUHN (EPP, DE) stated after the vote that the biggest aim of the new regulations is to lower the number of fatalities on public roads. As well, he highlighted that within the new regulation the technical standards of RWT should be harmonized on the highest level possible and that inspectors must be independent.
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||Exterior of the EP, Brussels
||Ambience shots at the Transport and Tourism EP Committee. Rapporteur Werner KUHN (EPP, DE).
||Brian SIMPSON, Chair of the TRAN EP Committee opens the vote on the report by Mr KUHN on 'Periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles'.
||Ambience shots of the vote.
||Final vote on the legislative proposal as amended. Result: 33 votes in favour, 7 votes against, 0 abstentions
||Final vote on the legislative resolution. Results: 32 votes in favour, 6 against, 0 abstentions. The resolution is adopted.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Werner KUHN (EPP, DE), Rapporteur: "Every country is obliged to do roadworthiness tests, but the technical levels are very different. So, our first step was to negotiate about a minimum standard and technical level of what should the member states with their maintenance and inspectors test, what they should inspect."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Werner KUHN (EPP, DE), Rapporteur: "We compared (the standards) to the level of Austria and Germany and I think that is the level in the transit countries - so as Germany, so as Austria - and that we have many public traffic there. So we need more safety on road."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Werner KUHN (EPP, DE), Rapporteur: "We found a solution for trailers, it was a very difficult compromise because the maximum gross weight was the crucial point we negotiated. So we have an understanding for 2 000 kilograms maximum gross weight for a trailer and also what will happen with break assistance and other things we have to check. Included in this compromise there are also caravans. Caravans are very crucial and important for safety on roads."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Werner KUHN (EPP, DE), Rapporteur: "Many people have caravans in their garages and one time in the year they go out with them. Maybe they have a flat tire, the electric is not in order and other things and they have to check it. Every two years. We have a frequency of the periodical technical inspections of two years. From registration, from manufacturing four years free and then every two years in every country, also for trailers above 2 000 kilograms maximum gross weight."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Werner KUHN (EPP, DE), Rapporteur: "We would like to achieve our target in 2020 to reduce 50 per cent of fatalities on road. Fight against death on road, this is our objective."