Vehicle type approval: EU Member States call for market surveillance but fail to secure independent funding and checks
Publication date: 29 May 2017
FIA Region I welcomes the position adopted by the Member States regarding the revision of the vehicle type approval Regulation. The Council’s decision to impose some checks after vehicles are put into circulation is a positive step forward. However, FIA Region I and its Mobility Clubs are concerned with the lack of a clear financing mechanism, which would secure the independence of type approval authorities from vehicle manufacturers.
“Independent third party testing is crucial to avoid another dieselgate. Allowing third parties to access additional data will complement government testing, without a significant impact on national budgets. It could help restore consumer trust following the recent scandal,” said Laurianne Krid, FIA Region I Director General.
Next, the European Parliament and Council will agree on the final text. FIA Region I calls on both institutions to make sure that regaining consumer confidence is the definitive result of this revision.
About FIA Region I
The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 113 Motoring and Touring Clubs and their 38 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 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, FIA Region I’s work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring. www.fiaregion1.com
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