Technical inspection points will start collecting data on the actual fuel consumption and energy consumption of cars

Uuemõisa now has a new track for technical inspection. Photo: private collection
Technical inspection point. Photo: private collection

From June this year, technical inspection points will start collecting actual fuel consumption and energy consumption data from passenger cars and small commercial vehicles, which will be forwarded to the European Commission and the European Environment Agency.

The collection of actual fuel consumption and energy consumption data will be applied to M1 or N1 category vehicles first registered from 1 January 2021 and equipped with on-board devices that measure fuel consumption and energy consumption.

“The purpose of data collection is to protect consumers so that the fuel consumption data presented to them corresponds to reality. The goal is also environmental protection,” explained Carl Joosep Piirfeldt, service manager of the Vehicle Registry Department of the Transport Board.

The obligation to collect data derives from the European Union Commission’s implementing regulation (EU) 2021/392, the purpose of which is to ensure the functioning of the CO2 emission standards set out in regulation (EU) 2019/631. “Collection of data does not lead to consequences for the car owner, but the aim is to monitor manufacturers so that they do not exceed the established average target level of CO2 emissions,” confirmed Piirfeldt.

The collection of data reflecting the actual circumstances is transparent, and as a result, the vehicle owner has the option to refuse to make the said data available. If a refusal is desired, the vehicle owner must clearly express the refusal on the spot immediately before the technical inspection is carried out.

The Transport Board forwards the aggregated data to the European Commission and the European Environment Agency once a year, and then removes the additionally collected data from the traffic register.

From December 2022 onwards, the Commission will annually publish a set of anonymised aggregate data for each manufacturer, broken down between passenger cars with internal combustion engines and trucks with a GVW of up to 3500 kg, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the same categories. The figures that are published are average fuel consumption (l/100 km), average electricity consumption (kWh/100 km) and average CO2 emissions (g/km). Also the difference between these data and the data provided in the declaration of conformity.

Data related to fuel consumption and energy consumption are already collected by the manufacturers, since according to the same regulation, the manufacturer must ensure that the actual fuel consumption and energy consumption data are available as soon as possible. The data is collected through the manufacturer’s authorized dealers or an authorized repair shop, in the event that the vehicle has been taken there for repair or maintenance and the data needs to be read from the vehicle’s on-board device for some other purpose anyway.

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