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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.
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.
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 AUTOFORE study explored ways of extending current EU law on roadworthiness checks to take into account new developments in vehicle, diagnostic and communication technologies.
The IDELSY project developed test procedures for dealing with complex electronic safety systems in new vehicles undergoing roadworthiness checks.
- Feasibility study on the Vehicle Information Platform
- Seat belt use - new European rules
- Report on roadside inspection of commercial vehicles (2011-2012)
- Report on roadside inspection of commercial vehicles (2009-2010)
- Report on roadside inspection of commercial vehicles (2005-2006 and 2007-2008)
- EU directive 2007/46 – approval of motor vehicles, trailers and vehicle components
- EU regulation 661/2009 – approval requirements for motor vehicle safety
- EU directive 2009/40 – roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and trailers
- EU directive 2000/30 – roadside roadworthiness inspection of commercial vehicles
- EU directive 2003/26 – speed limiters and exhaust emissions for commercial vehicles