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Internal Market: Failure by Iceland to comply with EEA law provisions on road safety



Iceland must change its legislation regarding the use of safety belts in cars, and technical roadside inspections must be improved. As a result of the identified shortcomings, the EFTA Surveillance Authority has today delivered two reasoned opinions to Iceland urging the national authorities to make the necessary changes.

The first reasoned opinion concerns the failure of Iceland to comply with certain provisions of Directive 91/671/EEC relating to the compulsory use of safety belts in cars and light vehicles. The relevant provisions set out the requirements for when children can sit in the front seat and when they can use adult safety belts. Iceland's national provisions do not meet the safety requirements of the Directive. 

The second reasoned opinion concerns the failure by Iceland to comply with Directive 2000/30/EC on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles. Iceland does not carry out regular technical inspections on the road as required by the Directive and the obligation to hand out to drivers an inspection report based on a standardised form is not met. Furthermore, Iceland does not fulfil the requirement that roadside inspectors have to take into account when inspecting, recent roadworthiness certificates or technical roadside inspection reports.

Iceland has acknowledged the concerns regarding both directives as identified by the Authority in letters of formal notice sent in February 2014. However, until now the Authority has received no information from the Icelandic government indicating that the necessary amendments to the national legislation have been made.

A reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The Authority may bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion within two months.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187


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