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Engine power of motor vehicles and trailers (up until 2013)

This Directive aims to establish harmonised technical requirements concerning engine power in order to permit the implementation of the Community type-approval procedure.


Council Directive 80/1269/EEC of 16 December 1980 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the engine power of motor vehicles [See amending act(s)].


This Directive aims to harmonise national legislation on the method of measuring engine power that must be used to indicate the engine power of a vehicle type.

No Member State may refuse to grant EEC type approval or national type approval in respect of a vehicle, or refuse or prohibit the sale, registration, entry into service or use of a vehicle on grounds relating to its engine power, if this has been determined in accordance with the Annexes to the Directive.

The application for EEC type-approval for a vehicle type in respect of the engine power is submitted by the vehicle manufacturer or his authorised representative. It must be accompanied by the documents specified in the Annex.

The method specified in the Annex applies to internal combustion engines used for the propulsion of category M and N vehicles as defined in the Annexes to Directive 70/156/EEC, belonging to either of the following types: internal combustion piston engines (positive ignition or diesel), excluding free-piston engines; rotary piston engines.

This Directive shall be repealed by Regulation (EC) No 595/2009 with effect from 31 December 2013.


ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Directive 80/1269/EC



OJ L 375 of 31.12.1980

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Directive 97/21/EC



OJ L 125 of 16.5.1997

Successive amendments and corrections to Directive 80/1269/EC have been incorporated into the basic text. This consolidated version is for information only.

Last updated: 02.11.2011
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