Vice President Kallas welcomes deal on tougher vehicle testing rules to save lives

18/12/2013

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EU Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas, welcomed today the agreement - in trialogue negotiations between the European Parliament and Council - to back proposals for tougher vehicle testing rules to save lives. Vehicle checks are fundamental to road safety. More than 5 people die on Europe's roads every day in accidents linked to technical failure.  The agreement reached will be submitted for final approval to vote in both institutions.

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, in charge of Transport, said: "Even one road death is a death too many, and technical defects take far too many lives on Europe's roads.  The basic EC rules on vehicle testing date back to the 90's and urgently need updating. Today's deal will strengthen the regime to test cars and other vehicles for technical failure in several key areas and raise standards across the EU. I hope we can see swift progress now to give final approval to a stronger testing regime which will save lives on Europe's roads."

Background

The Roadworthiness package consists of the three Commission proposals for:

  • a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers and repealing directive 2009/40/EC;
  • a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles circulating in the Union and repealing Directive 2000/30/EC;
  • a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 1999/37/EC on registration documents for vehicles.

For more information on the Commission's Roadworthiness proposals, please see IP/12/780.

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