EU reaches agreement on car-testing reform

The EU has reached a provisional agreement to reform car-testing procedures. The Commission claims changing the rules around type-approval for new cars will modernise tests on car emissions data and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The EU has reached a provisional agreement to reform car-testing procedures.

The Commission claims changing the rules around type-approval for new cars will modernise tests on car emissions data and help “restore credibility” to the sector following previous scandals.

The Council Presidency and European Parliament will now submit their plans to the Committee of Permanent Representatives, after which they will need to be approved by the European Parliament.

It aims to adapt testing methods to new technologies available on the market and improve the level of safety and environmental performance of all motor vehicles.

The EU also plans to better control the conformity of cars already available on the market, with the possibility for Member States and the Commission to carry out spot-checks on vehicles as they’re manufactured.

Additionally, the reforms will include the establishment of a new forum for the exchange of information on enforcement among different regions.

Kadri Simson, President of the Council and Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of Estonia, said: “It will set up a transparent system with proper supervision, improve coordination at different levels and harmonise the application of EU rules.”