European Council demands better quality testing and strong market surveillance with type approval
The Committee of the Permanent Representatives of Member States (COREPER) met to discuss and endorse a position on new requirements regarding type approval testing. A public version of the position is not yet available, however the Council’s press release confirmed the areas which require further strengthening. Specifically, the Council highlighted the need for better quality of testing, market surveillance with the possibility of performing spot-checks on vehicles and increasing oversight of the type approval process.
Additionally, the market surveillance obligations will require a minimum of 1 in every 40.000 new vehicles to be checked in each Member State. Of those tests, 20% will necessarily verify emissions under real driving conditions.
The next steps are the vote of the regulation in IMCO (expected in January 2018) and the vote in the EP Plenary (expected in April 2018), when the text will be made publically available. The legislation will enter into force on 1 September 2020.