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Brussels, 2 July 2013
Transport: Vice-President Kallas welcomes European Parliament vote on roadworthiness proposals
EU Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas, welcomes today's vote in the European Parliament to endorse proposals for tougher vehicle testing rules to save lives, including for motorcycles. More than 5 people die on Europe's roads every day in accidents linked to technical failure of vehicles. The proposed legislation aims to increase road safety by introducing more harmonised rules and higher standards for vehicle roadworthiness testing. However, key measures in the proposal – including testing for motorcycles, the most vulnerable category of road users – came under threat as Member States in the Council voted to water down the planned measures.
Technical defects contribute heavily to accidents. They are responsible for 6% of all car accidents, translating into 2000 fatalities and many more injuries yearly. 8% of all motorcycle accidents are linked to technical defects.
Existing EU rules setting minimum standards for vehicle checks date back to 1977, with only minor updates. Cars, driver behaviour and technology have developed a lot since then.
Speaking after the vote, Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: "I thank the Parliament for its strong political support. I am glad that the European Parliament takes the view that motorcycles need to undergo technical checks. Technical inspections of motorcycles will be a step forward to reach our road safety target to halve the number of road fatalities by 2020 and towards vision zero."
The Commission expects the legislative process to be concluded before the end of this year.
The roadworthiness package consists of the three Commission proposals for:
For more information on the Commission's roadworthiness proposals, please see IP/12/780