11 February 2021, 13:18
During the month of January 2021, CECE members provided an answer to the European Commission’s public consultation on a possible new legislation on road circulation requirements for mobile machinery.
The European Commission (EC) is considering proposing a harmonisation of technical safety aspects for the road circulation requirements of mobile machinery, aimed mostly on self-propelled and towed equipment that occasionally go on road as part of their day-to-day operation.
This has been a key focus of our advocacy for the past years. Currently our members face issues such as a longer time to place a new type of machine in the market as it needs national approval in each EU country; fees for multiple approvals in each EU country and additional manufacturing and design costs to comply with multiple requirements in each EU country.
Our members firmly believe in the need for an EU-wide initiative to harmonise the currently diverging national requirements for road circulation of mobile machinery. An EU-wide solution would bring lower costs for manufacturers and prices for users, a faster approval procedure for manufacturers and facility to use machines across intra-EU borders. Furthermore, the EU study on the cost and benefit analysis of the new legislation found a potential of 20% reduction in compliance costs, or €1 bln to €1.2 bln in a period of 10 years.
For its next steps, the EC will use the results for its impact assessment work on harmonising technical requirements for the road circulation of mobile machinery. CECE will be closely monitoring the discussions of this important legislation and cooperating with the EC and Member States to have a solid proposal.
Source: CECE - Committee for European Construction Equipment