- extracts from the Joint debate
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - EP
End production: 01/07/2013 First transmission: 01/07/2013
In a Joint Debate held in the plenary session, MEPs discussed on a package of draft laws on regular roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers, roadside inspections of commercial vehicles and registration documents for vehicles. The debate followed a rejection of the Transport Committee in May to approve mandatory inspections of motorbikes across the EU. The package includes a risk-rating system which member states could use to target companies operating vehicles that perform badly in vehicle inspections.
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||Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Strasbourg
||SOUNDBITE (German) Werner KUHN Rapporteur (EPP, DE) "What we need is to ensure that our ambitious targets, as transport politicians here in the European Parliament, is that we can manage by 2020 to have a number of roadworthiness test, if possible."
||SOUNDBITE (Czech) Olga SEHNALOVÁ Rapporteur (S&D, CZ) "We need to have the inspections in a system, in a day to day base, and then only then, applied for the Euro-wide system. The results of the checks and inspections should be used to create profiles of every motor vehicle owner. This means we will not have discrimination based on the country or nationality. Harmonization is needed in inspection training and inspection education."
||SOUNDBITE (Estonian) Vilja SAVISAAR-TOOMAST Rapporteur (ALDE, EE) "What's most important in this report is cutting red tape bureaucracy and particularly harmonizing rules on registration. Through a number of amendments we have genuinely cut down red tape and get to situations. There will be the creation of a database that will be widely used, that's a good thing, that should be usable in future years and would allow us to have a clearer picture of whether registration documents are real."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Siim KALLAS, European Commission: "I am very concerned that those vehicles with the highest risk, namely motorcycles and other two wheelers should not be subject to regular tests. It is really a big surprise for me how successful have been the motorcycle supporters in excluding them from this legislation. Motorcyclists are increasingly overrepresented in road death statistics. 17 Member States that have introduced testing for motorcyclists report a significant lower number of fatalities. Mandatory testing of motorcyclists saves lives, I will therefore ask you to reconsider the arguments and vote in favour of testing."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Markus FERBER (EPP, DE) "At the EPP we stress that it is important that the number of inspections should not be based on the number of authorised trucks, but rather on those which transit through countries as well, look at Austria and Luxembourg. Large numbers of heavy vehicles transit those countries although there are not many authorised there. So it is in their interest that more should be actually checked that it exist in that country."
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Saïd EL KHADRAOUI (S&D , BE) "A large part of our group supported the Commission's proposals on the vehicle inspection but we also need improvement on the road safety tests and to have more reliant vehicles on the road. I think the frequency of controls, the 422 should be 421, but we did not get enough support for that. But it is possible for member states to control more frequently and to be more rigorous with the frequency of inspections."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Phil BENNION (ALDE , UK): "We also need to be consistent in our approach. We do a lot to increase the safety and environmental standards of vehicles and manufacturers, but we need to make sure that that is maintained through the life of the vehicle. In the UK, the standards are already very high and in many other Member States too so I think it is absolutely right that we try to maintain and increase the standards across the EU as a whole."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Isabelle DURANT (Verts/ALE, BE) "It is inconsiderable to imagine that two or three wheelers should not be subject to technical inspection. I think motorcycles, particularly the big ones, are quite as sophisticated as cars. So just because you have fewer wheels, there's no reason at all why the technical test should not be a requirement. Of course, technical failures are only a very small proportion of accidents, but independent studies show that 5 to 10 per cent in cases they exacerbate the accidents."
||Cutaway shots MEPs in the plenary (2 shots)