EU: Annual TÜV Inspection For Older Cars

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EU: Annual TÜV Inspection For Older Cars
EU: Annual TÜV Inspection For Older Cars

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An EU commissioner calls for an annual general inspection for older cars. The traffic clubs see no point in this.

Drivers are threatened with additional work: EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas wants to make an annual “ TÜV ” test for older cars mandatory in Europe. In Germany and elsewhere, drivers only have to take the test every two years. A confidential draft from Kallas' house for a new EU regulation provides for an annual general inspection - colloquially known as "TÜV" - for vehicles from the seventh year or from a certain mileage, reports the "Financial Times Deutschland" ("FTD") online and the magazine «Focus».

Technical defects hardly cause accidents

In Germany, according to the "FTD", more than half of the approximately 43 million cars would be affected. In circles of the European Parliament, according to dpa information, it is expected that the proposal will come before the summer break, which begins at the end of July. According to the “Focus”, the EU is striving to standardize the inspection practice in its member states by 2015.

“The demand is nothing new, now it comes from the EU. But that does not mean that the number of accidents will be reduced,”said a spokeswoman for the ADAC automobile clubthe dpa on Saturday. Technical defects are not a frequent cause of accidents in either new or old models. However, the drivers of older vehicles would be very much asked to pay due to the plans - according to ADAC calculations, the additional costs add up to more than one billion euros per year with a test fee of 60 euros.

Accusation of lobbying

The Auto Club Europa (ACE) confirms that the EU Transport Commissioner does lobby work. According to ACE spokesman Rainer Hillgärtner, the move is primarily due to the interest of the testing organizations: “The Brussels traffic commissioner gives the impression that he has sat on the lap of TÜV lobbyists. We demand from the federal government that it rejects the Brussels plans in the interests of consumers. Like the ADAC,

the ACE does not see technical defects as the main cause of accidents.

160,000 kilometers as a limit point

According to the "FTD", the draft of the Estonian EU Commissioner stipulates that a general inspection must be carried out on new cars no later than four years after the initial registration. In Germany this is currently three years. After that there should be the next exam after two years at the latest, after which it should be mandatory every year. According to the report, the reason given was that older cars were more likely to have technical defects. For vehicles that have 160,000 kilometers or more on the odometer at the first inspection, the annual obligation should apply immediately.

So far, the EU requirements only required a general inspection every two years after the first inspection. The new specifications should apparently apply to all vehicles up to a weight of 3.5 tons. In addition, according to Kallas' draft of the "FTD", the annual TÜV obligation will also apply to older motorcycles in the future.