Strasbourg comment: Registration documents for vehicles. 'Roadworthiness package'

The roadworthiness package, consisting of three directives, has been adopted in parliament following trilogues with the Lithuanian presidency. Rapporteur Vilja Savisaar-Toomast reports.

By Vilja Savisaar-Toomast

12 Mar 2014

Overall as a rapporteur I am satisfied with the outcome as there are many good results for vehicle users. With the changes to the directive we set clear rules about recognising roadworthiness tests in case the vehicle changes owner or moves from one member state to the other. This means that there is no extra test or cost needed when changing the owner or the member state of registration.

Another point for which I was keenly supporting was the use of electronic databases. Although we did not achieve as much as I wanted we still managed to increase use of electronic databases, which makes it easier to check if the test is valid, and if the vehicle is allowed to drive around - enhancing safety on the roads. Also it would be possible to check if the information presented on the registration documents is valid, making it harder to use forged documents.

"I am little bit disappointed that we did not manage to agree on smaller consumer-friendly size documents"

"I am little bit disappointed that we did not manage to agree on smaller consumer-friendly size documents". I suggested that, similar to driving licences or ID-card, we should have one EU-wide form of documents to make it easier for consumers and controllers.

There is also good news for vehicle owners when selling the vehicle - there is a possibility for them to start the process of changing the registration and the liability to the new owner.

There are various cases in different member states where the new owner has not registered the vehicle to his/her name but has caused damaged to third parties or is responsible for traffic offences causing costs to the old owner, as legally the vehicle belongs still to the old owner.