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Motor vehicles and their trailers: steering equipment (until 2014)

The European Union is harmonising the technical requirements concerning steering equipment to permit the implementation of the Community type-approval procedure covered by Directive 70/156/EEC. The technical requirements are contained in the Annex to the Directive.


Council Directive 70/311/EEC of 8 June 1970 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the steering equipment for motor vehicles and their trailers [See amending acts].


"Steering equipment" means equipment used to alter the direction of movement of the vehicle.

No Member State may refuse to grant EC type approval or national type approval of a vehicle on grounds relating to its steering equipment, if this equipment satisfies the requirements set out in the Annex to the Directive.

Member States may not prohibit the sale, registration or entry into service of vehicles on grounds relating to the steering equipment if the vehicles comply with the requirements of Directive 70/311/EEC.

However, from 1 October 2000, Member States may no longer grant EC type-approval, and may refuse to grant national type-approval for any type of vehicle on grounds relating to the steering equipment if the requirements of Directive 70/311/EEC are not fulfilled.


of entry into force
Final date for implementation in the Member States
Directive 70/311/EEC11.06.197011.12.1971

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Directive 92/62/EEC02.07.199231.12.1992OJ L 199 of 18.07.1992
Directive 99/7/EC16.02.199930.06.1999OJ L 40 of 13.02.1999
Last updated: 13.07.2005
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