On 23 November, vehicle type approval and market surveillance legislation headed into the final phase of Trilogue negotiations, between the European Council, Parliament and Commission. In advance of these discussions, FIA Region I has communicated to the EU institutions to urgently adopt a final package that includes transparency in the testing procedures with strong market surveillance. It is also essential that the compromise includes access to repair and maintenance information and a decoupling of financial relations between testing bodies and manufacturers.
This is a once in a generation opportunity to fix the way that cars are approved and tested in the real world. The Council, the Parliament and the Commission should aim to find compromises in such a way that makes the system fit for purpose in the 21st Century and restores consumer trust in the automotive sector.