In order to improve road safety, the European Parliament has decided to support the Commission’s proposal to extend periodic inspections to motorcycles, mopeds as well as some trailers. They also support a system based on risk levels to carry out roadside inspections of commercial vehicles and new rules on documentation of vehicles.
MEPs voted in favour of extending the mandatory inspections to motorcycles from 2016 and to mopeds from 2018.
The first directive updates legislation in force since 2009, which sets minimum standards at European level for vehicle inspections and is applied to private cars, buses and coaches designed to carry people as well as to heavy goods transport vehicles and their trailers.
Meanwhile, trailers weighing more than two tons and trailers for caravans above 750 kg should also be subjected to passing periodic reviews. These categories of vehicles are at present excluded from the common system, so that their inspections are the responsibility of the Member States. MEPs advocate maintaining current standards for trailers weighing more than 3.5 tons and suggest keeping the current minimum requirement of four years for the first technical inspection of cars, which will then have controls every two years.
According to figures from the European Commission, technical deficiencies in vehicles cause more than 2,000 deaths per year, of which half could have been avoided if an improvement in the system of technical inspections had been carried out.