Decreto-Lei n.º 144/2017
- Emissor:Planeamento e das Infraestruturas
- Tipo de Diploma:Decreto-Lei
- Páginas:6239 - 6466
Summary in plain english (Without legal value)
What is it?
This decree-law introduces into Portuguese law:
- the European Directive 2014/45/EU on the periodic (at regular periods) technical inspection of motor vehicles and their trailers
- the European Directive 2014/47/EU on the technical roadside inspection of commercial vehicles.
Technical inspections are intended to ensure that a vehicle is safe for use on public roads and meets the environmental and safety requirements.
What will change?
The rules for periodic technical inspections will change
The rules for technical inspections of motor vehicles and their trailers will change. These inspections can be:
- for registration.
1. Conditions will be defined for:
- facilities where inspections are carried out
- equipment to be used in inspections
- methods and criteria to be used in the inspections.
The Institute for Mobility and Surface Transport (IMT — Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes) will verify those conditions.
2. There will be minimum qualification and training requirements for inspectors.
3. The Institute for Mobility and Surface Transport (IMT) will be responsible for supervising technical inspections and will:
- supervise inspection centres
- verify the training and examinations of the inspectors
- audit inspection centres and training providers.
Requirements for technical inspection of goods vehicles will change
1. There will be new requirements for technical roadside inspections for vehicles that transport goods. This inspection is intended to, among other things, verify the safety conditions of the load.
These rules apply to:
- motor vehicles with seating for more than eight passengers
- motor goods vehicles above 3,5 tonnes of maximum weight
- trailers and semi-trailers for the transport of persons or goods above 3,5 tonnes of maximum weight
- wheeled tractors of category T5 used mainly on public roads to carry goods, as long as they are not agricultural tractors.
2. Companies will be responsible for keeping their vehicles safe for being on the road and can be held responsible if they do not comply.
3. There will be minimum qualification and training requirements for inspectors.
4. There will be a new list of points to be assessed during an inspection, including problems that do not prevent being on the road and how serious they are.
5. There will be measures established for when major problems are identified or if the vehicles are considered too dangerous to be in the road.
6. A risk classification system is established, which establishes the degree of risk of each company according to the seriousness of the infractions that it commits.
What are its benefits?
This decree-law is intended to:
- increase road safety and ensure greater environmental protection
- standardise national rules on motor vehicle technical inspections with European rules.
When does it come into effect?
This decree-law comes into effect on 1 January 2018.