A confidential draft from kallas’ house for a new eu regulation provides for an annual general inspection – colloquially known as "tuv" – for vehicles from the seventh year or above a certain mileage, report the "financial times deutschland" ("FTD") online and the magazine "focus". ADAC rejects the plan.
In germany, more than half of the 43 million cars were affected, according to the FTD. According to dpa information, it is expected in european parliament circles that the proposal will be made before the summer recess, which begins at the end of july. According to "focus," the eu is aiming to standardize the practice of water testing in its member states by 2015.
"The demand is nothing new, but now it comes from the EU. But this does not mean that the number of accidents will be reduced," a spokeswoman for the automobile club ADAC told dpa on saturday. Technical defects are not a common cause of accidents in either new or old models, they say. Drivers of older vehicles, however, were asked to pay very heavily as a result of the plan – according to ADAC calculations, the additional costs add up to more than one billion euros per year with a premium fee of 60 euros.
According to the FTD, the estonian EU commissioner’s draft stipulates that a general inspection must be carried out on new cars no later than four years after they are first registered. In germany, this is currently three years. The next audit is to take place after two years at the latest, after which it is to be mandatory every year. According to the report, the reason for this is that older cars are more likely to have technical defects. For vehicles, which have 160 000 kilometers or more on the speedometer at the first examination, the annual duty is to take effect immediately.
Up to now, the EU regulations only required a general inspection every two years after the first inspection. The new requirements will apparently be valid for all vehicles up to a weight of 3.5 tons. In addition, according to the FTD, kallas’ draft provides that the annual tuv obligation will also apply to older motorcycles in the future.