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. So on 3 April 2014 the European Union has adopted new rules to toughen up the testing regime and widen its scope.
The new rules aim to avoid more than 36,000 accidents a year linked to technical failure.
The new directives replace existing EU rules setting minimum standards for vehicle checks which date back to 1977, with only minor updates. Cars, driver behavior and technology have developed a lot since then.
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.
Moreover, many technical defects with serious implications for safety (such as ABS and Electronic Stability Control) are not even checked under current rules.
The three directives that constitute the roadworthiness package concern
The new directives
Key elements of the new directives include
In all cases, the directives set common EU wide minimum standards for vehicle checks with Member States free to go further if appropriate.