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Joint Position VdTÜV and DEKRA: New Approaches to Vehicle and Road Safety

VdTÜV and DEKRA welcome the EU Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on type-approval requirements for motor vehicles and their trailers (COM/2018/286 final) dated 17 May 2018. The aim of the reform is to increase road safety and reduce the number of fatalities and severe injuries caused by accidents. The draft Regulation proposes far-reaching improvements in the field of active and passive safety. For example, new vehicles are to be equipped with automated braking and lane-keeping systems. New crash testing requirements are also planned.

VdTÜV Position: Independent Inspection of Roadworthiness and Operational Safety of Modern Vehicles – For Their Entire Life Cycle

Modern vehicles are no longer just hardware, but rather components of a digitally interconnected and integrated mobility ecosystem. The path to highly automated and connected driving goes hand in hand with a significant increase in complex and interdependent systems both inside and outside the vehicle. In future, it will be possible to make remote changes to a vehicle’s functionality from a cloud using radio technology.

Joint Position on Brexit – Consequences on road and rail transport

DEKRA and the TÜV-Association (VdTÜV) are calling upon decision-makers to ensure a smooth transition and legal clarity for the type-approval of motor vehicles and certificates in rail transport in the UK and EU27 after Brexit.

VdTÜV Position: Proposal for reinforcing trust in the Single Market

In the “goods package” presented on 19.12.2017, the EU Commission is seeking to make adjustments in both areas in order to improve the functioning of the Single Market. With regard to market surveillance and also in the area of mutual recognition, the EU Commission has identified “structural weaknesses”, which it wishes to counteract by means of two Regulations. However, VdTÜV considers that the measures proposed in these Regulations are not suitable in order to adequately meet today’s challenges, eliminate the weaknesses and ensure the most com-prehensive compliance possible for the traded products. Therefore, VdTÜV sees a considerable need for correction as regards the legislation proposals, and wishes to comment as follows.

VdTÜV position on the regulation proposal for a European “Cybersecurity Act”

As part of the 2017 cybersecurity strategy, the European Commission (EC) published a regulation proposal for the “EU Cybersecurity Agency” and the “Cybersecurity Act” in September 2017. VdTÜV welcomes the objective the EC is pursuing with this legislative initiative: Strengthening trust in the security of products and ensuring a higher level of cybersecurity through a consistent framework for the certification of IoT products.

VdTÜV Position: Recommendations on tyre labelling for a better regulation within the EU

Tyres are the only point of contact between a vehicle and the road. Correct tyre maintenance and care are crucial for road safety – not only in winter times. VdTÜV e.V. recommends an extensive revision of the existing Tyre Labelling Regulation to increase the economic and environmental efficiency, as well as the safety of road transport by promoting fuel-efficient and safe tyres with low external rolling noise.

VdTÜV Position: Data Protection, IT Security & Compliance as a Basis for New Business Models in Digital Connected Mobility

Modern cars with their large number of electronic control units are, according to the public opinion, susceptible to hacker attacks. Thus, IT security is becoming more and more important in the industry. VdTÜV emphasises three aspects that must be guaranteed: the operational safety of the vehicle, IT security and data protection as well as the privacy of drivers.

VdTÜV Position: Successfully shaping European trade policy

Why “legal harmonisation” and “mutual recognition” cannot be the best solutions for the removal of trade barriers between the EU and other states in the short or medium term. VdTÜV proposes a different, more pragmatic approach: Bilateral or Multilateral Conformity Assessments - they would ease trading significantly within the framework of trade agreements.

TÜV-Report 2018: One in five vehicles fails the inspection

No car has less defects: The Mercedes SLK comes out on top for the age group of three-year vehicles in the 2018 TÜV-Report. Technical Inspection Agencies (TÜV) found defects in a total of one third of all cars, with one in five failing the periodic technical inspection (PTI). These are the most important findings of the 2018 TÜV-Report, which the Association of Technical Inspection Agencies (VdTÜV) presented today in Berlin.

Change in VdTÜV Management: Joachim Bühler is the new Managing Director

On 16 October 2017, the Doctor of Political Science succeeds Klaus Brüggemann (66), who is retiring after almost 13 years at the association's top management. In his new position, Joachim Bühler (39) also becomes a member of the VdTÜV Executive Board.

Joint Position for an EU legal framework for the approval procedure for self-propelled mobile and towed machinery

An EU-wide accepted approval process must be efficient and ensure that all self-propelled mobile and towed machinery placed on the market meet the legal and normative requirements.

Joint Position: Recommendations for the amendment of the General Safety Regulation (EC) No 661/2009

In order to improve road safety and environmental protection in Europe, procedures for placing vehicles on the market must be effective, transparent and clearly defined, as well as uniform in application.

VdTÜV Position: Information security of smart products in Europe

Does the regulatory framework for product safety remain up to the task in regard to smart products or is there a need for legislative adjustments?

VdTÜV Position: Regulatory improvement for safe and secure IoT products in Europe required

The connecting of devices and machines on the internet to complex systems leads to extended functionalities which can no longer be solely located within the individual product itself, but are instead located within the back end system and/or product network.

VdTÜV Position: Safety and security for automated driving

Automated driver assistance systems are the key to future individual mobility - and for autonomous vehicles. But drivers need legal certainty when using these systems.

VdTÜV Position: Requirements for the telematics interface in vehicles

The future connected car requires a new safety and protection concept (automotive platform). Data protection as well as vehicle safety and security should have priority. The objective is a uniform and interoperable standard for IT security and functional safety in the vehicle.

Dirk Stenkamp taking over the Chairmanship of the TÜV NORD AG Board of Management

Hannover, Germany: Dirk Stenkamp (54) took over as chairman of the TÜV NORD GROUP Board of Management, replacing Guido Rettig (63), who spent ten years in the Group’s top position, stepping down as planned.

Germany ranks third on the European Transport Scoreboard 2016

In the 2016 edition of the EU Transport Scoreboard comparing the 28 Member States, Germany shares the overall third rank with Austria. The top perfomers are the Netherlands (1st) and Sweden (2nd).

TÜV-Report 2017: Fewer defects, greater safety! Defects on the decline - Success for German manufacturers

Fewer defects in periodic technical inspections (PTI) than in the previous year and a good report for German car manufacturers are the major findings of AutoBild’s 2017 TÜV-Report that has been presented in Berlin today. For the biggest German guidebook for used cars, VdTÜV e.V. (the Association of Technical Inspection Agencies) assessed almost 9 million of the statutory PTI.

World Standards Day: How standardisation makes our life easier and safer

Standards contribute to global trade development, increase profitability and safety.

CEOC publishes position paper on Market Surveillance

In its position from 19/09/2016, CEOC International strengthens the importance of regulatory market surveillance and independent third party testing, joining the VdTÜV position from 16/10/2015.

EU Commission initiates transition to a low-emission mobility

The European Commission presented a package of measures to accelerate the shift to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe on July 20, 2016. The transport sector will play a key role in it.

First implementation report on transport white paper published

On 01 July 2016, the European Commission published its first report of the 2011 Transport White Paper (COM (2011) 144 final). The report follows the progress in the implementation of the initiatives between 2011-2016.

New Pressure Equipment Directive transposes into national law in the EU

The Directive 2014/68/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of pressure equipment (PED) shall be fully adopted by the Member States until 19 July 2016. The PED applies to the design, manufacture and conformity assessment of pressure equipment and assemblies.

VdTÜV statement on media reports from the newspapers BILD and Jerusalem Post “German government agency involved in violation of Iran sanctions”:

The allegations are serious. If they proved to be true, we unreservedly condemn these activities. The TÜV organisations that are represented by the association VdTÜV, account for integrity and impose high standards for their work.

EU Commission establishes contractual public-private partnership for cyber security

On 5 July 2016, as part of its strategy for a digital single market, the European Commission (EC) agreed on a contractual public-private partnership for cyber security (cPPP), which shall mobilise €1.8 billion in investments by 2020.

Agreement reached on new European medical devices legislation

New provisions for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics have been decided at the informal trialogue on 25 May 2016. The regulations provide for a tightening of the rules for placing medical devices on the market and for more stringent monitoring after their market launch.

Change at the top of VdTÜV leadership: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken takes over presidency

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken is the new VdTÜV Chairman until 2018. The General Assembly elected the Chairman of the TÜV SÜD Management Board unanimously on June 21st 2016. He succeeds Dr. Guido Rettig (TÜV NORD AG), who passed on the rotating bi-annual presidency.

CEOC publishes its position on the Single Market

In its position from 17/06/2016, CEOC International welcomes the initiative of the European Commission (EC) to review the regulatory framework for the European Single Market, joining the VdTÜV position from 27/01/2016.

Joint Position: No national fee structures for the type-approval of motor vehicles

National fee structures and a modified contractual relationship are not subject to the independence of the technical services. There is no causal link between the software manipulation of individual vehicle manufacturers and the objectivity of the technical services.

Joint Position on the proposed EU Regulation concerning the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles

The future type-approval procedure must be efficient and ensure that all vehicles placed on the market fulfil the legal and normative requirements.

TÜV-Report 2016: Defects come with age / Mercedes dominates the top positions / PTI provides for traffic safety

Nearly two-thirds of all cars pass the Periodic Technical Inspection (PTI) without any notice of defect in Germany. Every fourth or fifth vehicle must be presented for a second inspection due to significant deficiencies.

VdTÜV Position: Effective market surveillance for Europe

The EU needs a well-organised, concerted and effective market surveillance in order to identify nonconforming and unsafe products as early as possible.

VdTÜV Position: Making TTIP a success

Enhance conformity assessment for free trade between the EU and US before entering one-way street

VdTÜV reports: European Parliament and Council of the European Union agree on European traffic safety package

Just before the regular end of the presidency, the Lithuanian President of the Council of the European Union advised the European Parliament (EP) that the Committee of Permanent Representatives from the EU member countries had finally approved the compromise between the Council of the European Union and the EP on the traffic safety package. The recommendation of the European Commission (EC) for a traffic safety package in the summer of 2012 consisted of an ordinance for periodic technical inspection (PTI) of motor vehicles, an ordinance for inspection of commercial vehicles presently in operation on the highway and a directive regarding vehicle registration documents.