The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER I) examined and endorsed on 18.12.2013 the final compromise text, which was agreed by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Parliament on the Roadworthiness legislative package, which consists of three legislative proposals aimed to upgrade regulatory requirements for inspection of in-use vehicles (periodic technical inspections and roadside inspections of commercial vehicles) and registration documents.
“The agreement establishes and upgrades minimum common standards for technical inspections of vehicles, roadside inspections of commercial vehicles, as well as facilitates mutual recognition of roadworthiness certificates across the EU. Therefore the Roadworthiness package is an important step towards increasing safety of the European road transport system,” said the Minister of Transport of Lithuania Rimantas Sinkevičius.
“Heavy motorcycles” will be subject to periodic roadworthiness tests from 2022. However, Member States may exclude these vehicles from testing if they have put in place alternative effective road safety measures, taking into account in particular road safety statistics of the 5 years. If heavy motorcycles are included in the scope of periodic roadworthiness testing, specific testing methods, inspection areas and frequency are decided at the Member State level.
Member States have to recognize a valid roadworthiness certificate in a case of a re-registration of a vehicle from other Member States, an important step towards creating common harmonized rules facilitating movement of the EU citizens.