European Union. Increased control over the technical condition of vehicles

The European Union increased control over the technical condition of vehicles

According to available information, in a number of EU countries have become more strictly monitor the technical condition of vehicles. This is the implementation in practice of the new requirements of EU legislation regarding roadside testing of the suitability for the operation of commercial vehicles.

In April 2014, the EU approved new regulations aimed at tightening control over the technical condition of vehicles. The package of approved documents, in particular, included Directive 2014/47 / EU of April 3, 2014 on roadside checks of commercial vehicles.

The directive contains a list of possible defects for each tested element with an assessment of the degree of their severity. Minor defects that do not have a significant impact on road safety are in the first category and, as a rule, do not provide for a ban on operation.

With admissible defects of the second category that may damage the safety of the vehicle or affect the environment or expose other road users to the risk, the vehicle may also be allowed to continue driving, but the driver will receive a warrant indicating the list of malfunctions and the deadline for their elimination.

If critical problems of the third category are identified that represent a direct threat to road or environmental safety, the vehicle must be delivered to a maintenance station and repaired.

If several defects of the same category are identified, the vehicle may fall into a more serious category if the cumulative effect of these malfunctions poses an increased risk to road safety.

The provisions of the directive established that before May 20, 2017, Member States are obliged to issue the relevant regulatory legal acts necessary for its implementation. In a number of EU countries, these norms have already been in force, and from May 20, 2018, they are mandatory for use in all EU member states. In addition, from May 20, 2019 will have to apply the directive provided by the system of risk assessment during roadside checks.

It should be noted that commercial vehicles registered in any country, regardless of belonging to the European Union, are subject to control in accordance with these requirements.

The directive states that when choosing a vehicle for technical inspection on the road and during the inspection, inspectors should refrain from any discrimination based on the nationality of the driver or the country of registration of the vehicle.