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Parliamentary questions
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11 February 2015
E-011200/2014(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-011200/2014

As the Honourable Member rightly points out, the new Directive(1) on periodic roadworthiness tests foresees the compulsory check of the odometer during a roadworthiness check. As regards the questions:

1. The directive explicitly stipulates that if the odometer is found to have been manipulated with the aim of reducing or misrepresenting the distance record of a vehicle the Member State shall ensure that appropriate penalties are in place. Consequently the Commission considers that offering services linked to the manipulation of the tachometer cannot be considered as a legal activity. Member States are obliged to transpose the provisions of the directive by 20 May 2018 at the latest.
2. The Commission does not have a general overview of good practices on combating odometer fraud. However, as far as the Commission is aware there are certain Member States (e.g. Belgium, the Netherlands and Hungary) which are already registering the odometer data and have taken specific measures to prevent tachometer fraud.

(1)Directive 2014/45/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers and repealing Directive 2009/40/EC, OJ L 127/51. http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32014L0045&rid=1

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