Van, Truck, Trailer, Bus and Coach Aftermarket News in Ireland

OBD port saved in the new EU type approval rules

CECRA, the European federation bringing together national professional associations, which represent the interests of motor trade and repair businesses and European Dealer Councils, has welcomed an agreement reached today on the reform of type-approval and market surveillance for motor vehicles.


This major reform will modernize the current system and improve control tests on car emissions data.

CECRA, together with other European associations, have worked very closely, to obtain some important clarifications which have now been made, notably on:

  • maintaining the RMI-related data stream via the OBD connector
  • the definition including the RMI needed for preparation of vehicles for road-worthiness testing
  • the processability of RMI in a machine readable and electronically processable form
  • the possibility to get access to data while the vehicle is in motion

CECRA’s President Jean-Charles Herrenschmidt, commenting the new rules said: “The last point, being particularly important for innovation and new data-based business models that can better meet dealers’ and repairers’ customers needs, is perfectly in line with what we claim in our position paper on connectivity”

The agreement will be submitted in January to the Parliament and then to the Council for final approval.