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Vehicle inspection

A properly maintained and fully functioning vehicle meeting all safety requirements is less likely to be involved in a road accident.

Roadworthiness checks not only make sure your vehicle is working properly, they are also important for environmental reasons and for ensuring fair competition in the transport sector.

There are 2 types of assessment: on-the-spot roadside inspections and periodic checks, where owners have to take the vehicle to a specialist centre.

Periodic checks

EU law ensures all vehicles and trailers are inspected at regular intervals. It provides a basis for checking that vehicles throughout the EU are in a roadworthy condition and meet the same safety standards as when they were first registered.

Roadside inspection

Under EU law, unannounced roadside inspections of commercial vehicles can be carried out in any EU country, whether or not the vehicle is registered in the EU.

These checks cover brakes, emissions and the vehicle's overall condition. Drivers may also be required to produce recent inspection reports or proof the vehicle has passed the mandatory roadworthiness test.

The Roadworthiness Package

The main objective of the proposal is to enhance road safety. More than 1.200 lives could be saved due to the envisaged new measures. The roadworthiness package covers periodic checks, roadside inspectons and vehicle registration. Read more...

EU projects to improve inspection

The AUTOFOREpdf study explored ways of extending current EU law on roadworthiness checks to take into account new developments in vehicle, diagnostic and communication technologies.

The IDELSYpdf project developed test procedures for dealing with complex electronic safety systems in new vehicles undergoing roadworthiness checks.