Type approval: auto industry welcomes agreement on reformed system

Brussels, 8 December 2017 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) welcomes the fact that the European Parliament, EU member states and the European Commission reached a final agreement yesterday on a reformed system for approving vehicles before they are placed on the EU market (‘type approval’).

Under this agreement, member states will have to carry out checks on vehicles circulating on their roads at the rate of at least one for every 40,000 newly-registered vehicles (with a minimum of five tests per member state). Twenty percent of these tests will be on emissions. The European Commission will also be empowered to conduct audits on each national type approval authority every five years.

The deal foresees the creation of a Forum for Exchange of Information and Enforcement, which has the potential to bring uniform interpretations to the system and increase EU oversight. The strict criteria for technical services that conduct the tests, based on international standards and applied by accredited bodies, should also further improve the quality of vehicle testing.

“ACEA has always supported the core objectives of strengthening market surveillance and improving the current system, as well as further harmonising it,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. “The agreement reached yesterday seems to strike a balance between the aim to make the whole type approval system more robust and efficient, and the need to avoid excessive administrative burden for car manufacturers.”

The compromise deal requires approval from the Parliament and member states before becoming law.

Jonnaert: “This proposal is expected to give the legal certainty and clarity needed by our industry. We are confident that this more robust approval and surveillance system will enable the automobile industry to regain consumer trust.”

ACEA will further analyse the details once the full agreement is available.

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Notes for editors

  • ACEA represents the 14 Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Groupe PSA, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
  • More information can be found on www.acea.be or @ACEA_eu.
  • Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.be, +32 2 738 73 45 or +32 485 88 66 47.

About the EU automobile industry

  • 12.6 million people - or 5.7% of the EU employed population - work in the sector.
  • The 3.3 million jobs in automotive manufacturing represent almost 11% of EU manufacturing employment.
  • Motor vehicles account for almost €396 billion in tax contributions in the EU15.
  • The sector is also a key driver of knowledge and innovation, representing Europe's largest private contributor to R&D, with more than €50 billion invested annually.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of about €90 billion for the EU.