Wednesday, May 18

Cheating with EU control: The cars should never have been on the road

EU control is considered the most important tool for ensuring that cars traveling on Norwegian roads are as safe as possible.

But unfortunately, it is not an unknown phenomenon that some can cheat with EU controls.

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is now reporting that in recent months many fictitious and incorrect EU inspections have been uncovered. The result can be life-threatening cars on the road.

– In the autumn of 2021, we uncovered over 80 fictitious inspections in the Inland and we are now concluding a major case in Telemark where over 100 inspections turn out to be fictitious, says Einar Eskilt in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

Paid directly to the inspector

He is concerned that there are significant dark numbers.

– EU control is an important contribution to detecting dangerous cars. Workshops that carry out EU inspections have a great responsibility in weeding out these cars. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration takes very seriously the fact that some companies and inspectors cheat with the EU inspections, says Eskilt.

The cheating may be that the car has been registered as approved, without it having been checked, or that obvious faults and defects have not been registered. In several cases, it turns out that customers have paid directly to the inspector, either in cash or via Vipps.

– All warning lights should flash if you pay the EU inspection directly to the inspector and not to the workshop. We have reason to believe that customers in many cases are also involved in the cheating, in that they have a car they know will not get through the inspection without expensive repairs, says Eskilt.

Time for someone to be caught cheating on the EU

If the car workshop is approved and operates legally, it must have an approved sign from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

Should never have been on the road

Typical faults that are discovered are faults with brakes, tires and rims, dangerous rust in the car’s load-bearing structure or damage that affects visibility.

“Unfortunately, there are many cars on the road that should never have been there in the condition they are in,” says Eskilt.

Both the workshop itself and the employees who carry out the EU inspections must be approved by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

– We supervise that the industry complies with the laws and regulations that apply to EU control. Where we detect irregularities or breaches, we may revoke the approval for a shorter or longer period. In particularly serious cases, it is reported to the police, Eskilt says.

Hundreds can drive around with false EU approval

No condition report

– We must still remember that it is the rotten apples that ruin the rest of the industry that make the job conscientious. We are therefore very interested in tips about companies where there is a suspicion of illegalities, says Eskilt.

EU control provides a snapshot of the car’s condition. At the EU inspection, there is a detailed checklist that the inspectors must follow, and the goal is to verify the car’s identity, detect dangerous traffic errors and serious high emissions or leaks.

– The EU inspection is not a general condition report, and therefore does not say anything about the car’s operational reliability or the need for repairs in the near future. Therefore, it is always wise to check the condition of the car with the help of experts before a purchase, says Eskilt.

Car mechanic made 37 false approvals

Facts about EU control

  • All cars older than four years must be inspected by the EU every other year.
  • The EU inspection consists of a traffic safety section where, among other things, the car’s lights, brakes and seat belts are checked, and an environmental section where the car’s noise, exhaust fumes and any oil leaks are checked.

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