„Provisions for onboard diagnostics, including the OBD port found in all cars, have been included in the new regulation,” informed Daniel Dalton, a British MEP who made a report for the European Parliament on the changes approved during the last vote. Therefore, car owners can rest assured that the OBD port will still be placed in new vehicles.
Earlier this week, the media reported that the regulation on vehicle type approval discussed in Parliament does not contain information about the mandatory fitting of vehicles with the self-diagnostic tool. As a result, drivers would be able to diagnose their cars only at a dealer service, where rates are up to several dozen percent higher.
Ultimately, the parliamentarians included appropriate provisions in the regulations.
Lower costs and more choice
In consultation with representatives of independent services, I have worked hard to ensure the presence of OBD in the new regulation. In addition, the document contains provisions that extended the right to information for non-authorized services. As a result, they will be able to manage repairs more efficiently, reducing costs and increasing consumer choice” – assured Daniel Dalton.
The regulation will come into force on 1 September 2020. However, the Council of the European Union must vote on it first.