EU Control can double in price in Norway
Altered rules can provide a far more expensive EU control (periodic vehicle control). From February 2019, the rules for when your car must be controlled will also change.
Up to now, It is the last digits that determine when your car is due for an EU control. No sooner have many learned this, the rules change.
From February, the time for the next control will be determined by the first registration date and last approved control, regardless of the numbers on the car’s registration.
Section Director if the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Henning Harsem, says that most car owners after this can have their car controlled whenever they want, as long as they are approved within two years of the previous.
When is your car due for control?
The answer is simple: Every year, there are more than 2 million EU controls in Norway, and you can not change the rules for all of these at the same time.
Therefore, the scheme for your car changes after the next EU control.
Then, the next EU control will be reset to four or two calendar years after your next visit to a control station.
– It’s not the case that all cars suddenly get a new deadline in February. The deadline you have applies after the next check-up, Harsem explains.
The control timeframes remain the same as today, ie passenger cars will mostly be checked for the first time after four years and then every two years after that, while vehicles over 7,500 kilos will be controlled every year.
There will also be demands for more self-education for those who carry out the EU control.
– Today, there are demands to the business who is performing the controls only. From now on, it will be required with self-training and approval of controllers and technical managers as well. The aim is better, more equal and traffic-safe controls, Harsem goes on.
For those who already work as controllers and technical managers, there is a separate transitional arrangement.
Can become far more expensive
It is no more than a couple of years since the last time EU introduced stricter rules for EU control – or Periodic Vehicle Control as it’s officially named. The number of checkpoints was extended from 85 to around 150, with corresponding increased time consumption and a price increase of around NOK 500 to 1,000.
That will most likely become even more expensive.
What is happening now is that the personnel who carry out the controls have to go through a course including both theory and practice. In total there are nine hours of theory and 14 hours of practical training involved.
It is the EU that requires this.The Norwegian Road Directorate is responsible for ensuring that the courses are conducted by May 20th, 2021.
– The goal is for EU controls to be carried out in a more professional way, ensuring equal routines at all workshops and NAF centres, so that the cars meet the safety and environmental requirements set. You as car owners will not notice much about the amended rules, except that the price of the control will increase further. Completing the required course will cost around NOK 10,000 per person. There is also a loss of income for those who are away on the course.
Industry actors have suggested that the price of EU control can double compared to today’s price, according to Jarl Tyldum, who is responsible for NAF’s vehicle control.
– For us in NAF, which is one of the major professional players and conducts around 100,000 EU controls a year, this will be fine. For small workshops, the cost can be so high that they cut out the EU controls, Tyldum continues.
Demands for tractor control
From 2021 it will also be necessary to check tractors that are capable of speeds in excess of 40 km / h.
– These tractors will be checked for the first time after four years and then every other year. The rules apply to tractors primarily used for transportation or work on public roads. If you have a tractor that is only used on public roads in agricultural situations, you can be exempt from the requirement for control, Harsem ends.