Roadworthiness Tests for Motor Vehicles (Regulation)

Motor vehicles and their trailers (vehicles) must, after having been registered for the first time, be regularly submitted to periodic roadworthiness tests in order to ensure that vehicles on the road remain roadworthy and safe. The Commission now wishes to harmonise and tighten the existing test requirements in order to increase traffic safety and to improve environmental protection.


Extending the scope to include two- and three-wheeled motor vehicles is appropriate, since these motor vehicles can also cause accidents due to technical deficiencies. Minimum requirements for inspectors, testing bodies and testing devices ensure that there are minimum standards for testing quality. The requirement of an annual test for motor vehicles and light commercial vehicles as of the seventh year leads to additional costs for their holders and infringes the principle of proportionality, as even in the case of longer testing intervals the incidence of accidents due to deficient vehicles is also very small. The transition of a Directive to a Regulation is also disproportionate.