The FIA European Bureau welcomes the inception impact assessment report, published by the European Commission in October 2021, which lists excellent objectives and suggests important underlying principles that we fully support.
The revision of the roadworthiness package must effectively and efficiently deal with increased safety requirements as a first pillar arising from the General Safety Regulation. The introduction of Euro 7 and the ‘Fit for 55 Package’ drive the transition towards a green and sustainable mobility as a second pillar, which will require environmental performance monitoring, but shall also take the consumer principles and privacy rights into account. The third pillar, data handling, and access to in-vehicle data, functions, and resources by competent, independent service providers, shall be accommodated together with vehicle security, as data access and a high-level security over the vehicle’s lifetime are not mutually exclusive. Ensuring vehicles’ lifetime compliance within these three pillars is of paramount importance for the FIA, its Mobility Clubs, and their members.
We understand that vehicles become increasingly complex due to all these requirements; our request of lifetime compliance with approval requirements, among others by roadworthiness testing, should not lead to excessive costs for the citizens, be it as consumers or as taxpayers. Therefore, we urge the Commission to make sure that the revised roadworthiness package will preserve affordability, by minimising costly measures without compromising on safety, security, or environmental protection.