The Association of International Road Carriers has recently announced a new documentation requirement in Hungary. Failure by the driver to show such document may result in severe penalties. We asked the Hungarian police about the details concerning the new duty.
In response to a question regarding a new requirement, the press office of the Hungarian police explains that it stems from the introduction of EU legislation into Hungarian law in Regulation 5/1990. (IV 12.) KöHÉM.
It is a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council 2014/47 /EU on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles circulating in the Union. The Hungarian police cite Article 7 of the said legal act to explain the new law. According to it, Member States require that a roadworthiness certificate is carried by the driver (authenticated or original printout of such a certificate, the most current roadside inspection report or an electronic document). In addition, art. 7 requires that both the trader and vehicle driver provide the services with access to the vehicle, its parts and all documentation for control purposes.
The penalty will not be applied yet
Hungarian Regulation – 5/1990 (IV 12.) KöHÉM introduced a requirement to have a technical inspection certificate in a vehicle stored on the vehicle or available electronically. It should certify the results of the latest periodic technical inspection and, if applicable, the technical examination report. Until 21 January this year, the fine for the lack of the required document was as much as 800,000 forints, or almost EUR 2,500 (in accordance with Government Decree No. 8, Article 19 of Governmental Regulation No. 156/2009 VII 29 on administrative penalties related to passenger transport and road transport).
On January 21, 2019, the Hungarian legislator rejected this provision. According to the information that Trans.INFO received from the Hungarian police, work is underway on new regulations. The amount of penalties for failure to comply with the obligation to hold the said certificate is not yet known.
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