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FIA calls on TRAN committee to support subsidiarity approach on PTI

Press Release
Brussels, 29 May 2013

 

On Thursday 30 May, the European Parliament Transport committee is voting on the roadworthiness package and on the further harmonisation of vehicle testing frequency.

 

The FIA Region I office, representing 108 Touring and Motoring Clubs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is calling on MEPs to:

  • Maintain a minimum frequency of 4-2-2-2: Evidence from FIA Automobile Clubs (see FIA  Briefing Paper on PTI for full analysis) indicates that this frequency will maintain a safe fleet, without over-burdening motorists with extra costs. Member States should remain free to go beyond these requirements if they wish.
  • Directive not Regulation: The FIA welcomes amendments proposing that the legal form of the legislation be changed back to a directive (amendments 39-42). This would allow Member States to adapt the legislation according to their specific national circumstances, in line with subsidiarity and proportionality principles.
  • Tackling Mileage Fraud: The proposed mandatory recording of the odometer reading is an important first step in tackling the problem of mileage fraud which costs consumers billions of euro every year. While this has to be complemented by a technical solution, the FIA supports the Commission’s proposal as a first step towards dealing with the problem.
  • On-board diagnostics versus tailpipe testing for emissions: OBD systems provide accurate and reliable information on vehicle emissions. We therefore call on MEPs to support OBD testing for all vehicles type approved after 2006.

 

Jacob Bangsgaard, FIA Region I Director General, said “We are calling on MEPs to support an approach based on subsidiarity in order to allow Member States to best adapt the legislation to their specific national circumstances”.

He added, “The proposal also includes an important provision to make the recording of odometer readings mandatory. This is a first step towards tackling the problem of mileage fraud which costs consumers billions of euro every year, however in the long-term only a technical solution can solve the problem effectively”. 

 

Notes to the Editor:

 

Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Region I office

 

FIA Region I represents 108 Touring and Motoring Clubs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from its Brussels office, which total more than 38 million members. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists.

The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind the work focuses on road safety, consumer protection, environmental protection, and the promotion of sustainable motoring.

Roadworthiness Package

On 13 July 2012, the European Commission put forward the ‘Roadworthiness Package’ which aims at establishing a single European area for technical inspections.

For more information, please contact Niall Carty, Communications Manager, FIA Region I: ncarty@fia.com or 02 282 0812

 

 

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