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Internal Market: Norway to be brought to Court for failure to update rules on roadworthiness tests

29.5.2013

PR(13)51

Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority decided to bring Norway before the EFTA Court because it has failed to fully implement a Directive that updates the rules on roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers. 

According to the EEA rules, motor vehicles – as well as trailers and semi-trailers – are to undergo periodic roadworthiness tests. The categories of vehicles to be tested, the frequency of the tests, and the items which must be checked, are listed in the Annexes to the Directive on roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers. 

The detailed list of all items that need to be compulsorily tested, was amended through Directive 2010/48. The updates were made to follow technical progress in order to improve motor vehicle roadworthiness testing in the EEA in a cost-effective manner. 

The new Directive should have been implemented by the EFTA States no later than 31 December 2011. After receiving a reasoned opinion in October 2012, Norway notified the Authority of national rules aimed at implementing the new Directive. The Norwegian Government further informed the Authority of its intention to put the necessary changes into place. 

Still, the Directive has yet to be fully implemented. Therefore, the Authority today decided to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. 

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Caspar Ebrecht
Officer, Department of Internal Market Affaires
Tel: (+32)(0)2 286 18 29

or

Mr. Markus Schneider
Deputy Director, Legal and Exutive Affairs Department
Tel: (+32)(0)2 286 18 84




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