Author - Daniele D'Onofrio

A new CITA member from Italy: TEXA


Founded in 1992, today TEXA is a leader in the design, industrialization and production of diagnostic tools, tele-diagnostic devices, A/C service stations, exhaust gas analyzers, dedicated to cars, bikes, trucks, agricultural vehicles, and marine engines.

The last frontier is the production of sophisticated Powertrain systems for electric vehicles. Present all over the world with a widespread net of distributors, TEXA commercializes directly in Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, the UK, Poland, Russia, Spain, and the United States through its subsidiaries.

Currently it has almost 1,000 employees: the workforce is young, with over 300 engineers and specialized technicians dedicated to Research and Development.


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A new CITA member from Spain: CERTIFIX


Certifix is a vehicle inspection company accredited under the ISO 17020 standards and entitled to carry out the remote inspection of any vehicle registered in Spain that undergoes any type of modification.

What sets Certifix apart is not just their accreditation, but also their forward-thinking approach to vehicle inspections. It leverage the latest in digitalization, integrating advanced AI and image recognition technologies to streamline processes like never before. Their commitment to utilizing big data and automating daily activities distinguishes them from the competition, ensuring accuracy, efficiency, and unparalleled service quality.

They have major companies amongst their clients and more than 12000 inspections carried out annually.

As we step into 2024, their vision is clear – to enhance and broaden the scope of our services further. Their goal is to influence the evolution of vehicle inspection techniques, making our roads safer and more eco-friendly. With the rapid advancements in technology reshaping various sectors, Certifix is at the forefront, embracing these changes to foster a safer, more sustainable future for road travel.


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Vietnam Register’s Visit to CITA in Brussels


April 11, 2024. A delegation from the Vietnam Register, composed by Mr. Nguyen Chien Thang, the General Director, alongside Mr. Nguyen Van Phuong, Director of the Vehicle Inspection Department, made a significant visit to CITA headquarters in Brussels.

This visit is part of a broader European tour undertaken by the Vietnamese delegation aimed at garnering inspiration and insights to refine and elevate the PTI standards in Vietnam. The delegation’s decision to include CITA in their itinerary underscores the importance of international collaboration in advancing vehicle safety and environmental standards globally.

Vietnam Register has been an active participant in CITA’s endeavors, reflecting a deep-seated commitment to advancing vehicle inspection protocols and safety measures. Over the years, Vietnam Register has not only hosted several CITA activities but also assumed the chairmanship of the CITA Regional Advisory Group (RAG) for Asia/Australasia. This role has significantly contributed to fostering dialogue, sharing best practices, and implementing innovative inspection solutions across the region.

During their visit, Mr. Nguyen Chien Thang and Mr. Nguyen Van Phuong engaged in in-depth discussions with CITA Executive Director Mr. Eduard Fernández , focusing on the latest trends in vehicle inspection, technological advancements, and the challenges of adapting to rapidly changing transportation ecosystems. These conversations are invaluable for Vietnam Register as they seek to integrate these insights into Vietnam's PTI frameworks, aiming to enhance safety, compliance, and environmental sustainability.

This visit is a testament to the power of international collaboration in advancing safety standards worldwide, setting a precedent for future engagements and joint initiatives.

CITA TA Meetings in La Coruña: A Comprehensive Overview


On the 9th and 10th of April 2024, CITA held its Topic Area A, B, and C meetings, a momentous occasion graciously hosted by APPLUS+ at their ITV Espíritu Santo - SYC Applus+ facilities in La Coruña, Spain. This gathering of experts, government officials, and industry leaders marked a significant event aimed at enhancing vehicle compliance, safety, and environmental protection through collaborative discussion and innovation.

Day One: Focus on Research & Development in Vehicle Compliance
The meetings commenced on April 9 with Topic Area A – “R & D vehicle compliance,” highlighting the advancements and challenges in the realm of vehicle inspection and compliance. A presentation was delivered by Alberto Zalvide, General Manager of Applus+ SYC, who detailed the unique aspects of the Galician vehicle inspection network, particularly its use of mobile units to serve low-density population areas effectively.

The official opening by Mr. Nicolás Vazquez, General Secretary of the Industry of the Galician Government, underscored the Galician Government's support for CITA's efforts. He emphasized the critical role of vehicle inspection in ensuring safety and environmental conservation, setting a positive tone for the sessions ahead.

The day proceeded with updates on the CITA Task Forces, covering crucial topics such as Type Approval, Vehicle Data, ADAS, Roadworthiness Package, and Electric Vehicles. A significant discussion revolved around the R155 amendment regarding vehicle OBD information access and the necessity for a CITA response to mitigate cybersecurity risks, with a commitment to draft a document outlining the amendment's impact.

Further, updates on EU/ECE legislation provided insights into recent regulatory changes, underscoring the global nature of vehicle compliance and safety standards.

A technical visit to the "Laboratorio de Frío de Galicia" showcased Applus+'s commitment to innovation, offering CITA members a firsthand look at state-of-the-art facilities for testing vehicles transporting perishable goods. CITA members could also enjoy a real car inspection in order to know how the inspection works in Galicia.

Day Two: Enhancing Vehicle Compliance and Engaging in External Affairs
The second day divided its focus between optimizing current vehicle compliance (Topic Area B) and delving into external affairs (Topic Area C).

In Topic Area B, discussions covered practical aspects of vehicle inspection, including brake fluid testing in Norway and dynamic light testing. The session also highlighted the interconnected work of various CITA Task Forces, emphasizing collaborative efforts to enhance roadworthiness, lighting devices, and brake systems.

Topic Area C transitioned the conversation to CITA's strategic positioning and advocacy efforts, particularly in anticipation of the European Parliament elections in June 2024. The presentation of CITA's manifesto by Executive Director Eduard Fernández offered a strategic vision for engaging with the upcoming EU institutions mandate. Discussions on lobbying efforts, the PTI-Directive Process, and national-level involvement of CITA members provided a comprehensive overview of CITA's external affairs strategy.

The meetings in La Coruña were not only a testament to the collaborative spirit of CITA and its members but also a reflection of the ongoing commitment to advancing vehicle safety and compliance standards globally. Through productive discussions, technical visits, and strategic planning, the CITA meetings hosted by APPLUS+ in Spain have set a constructive path forward for addressing current challenges and future opportunities in the vehicle inspection industry.


Unlocking the Challenges of Rural Roads Safety in the EU


In an ambitious effort to address the persisting safety challenges on rural roads, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) unveiled a detailed report in March 2023, shedding light on the conditions of these crucial pathways across the European Union. Rural roads, characterized by their lower traffic density but higher rates of fatal accidents compared to urban streets, have long been the focus of safety improvement initiatives. The ETSC's latest publication offers a holistic view of the efforts, outcomes, and ongoing challenges in enhancing rural road safety in 2022.

On a positive note, several countries have shown remarkable improvements in reducing fatalities and serious injuries, thanks to enhanced road infrastructure, better enforcement of traffic laws, and widespread public safety campaigns. Innovations such as improved signage, road resurfacing, and the implementation of intelligent speed adaptation (ISA) technologies have played pivotal roles in these successes.

However, the report also highlights areas of concern. Despite overall progress, certain regions continue to struggle with high rates of accidents and fatalities, underscoring the uneven distribution of safety measures and infrastructure quality. A significant portion of accidents on rural roads is attributed to speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and the lack of seat belt usage among passengers.

To combat these challenges, the ETSC puts forth several recommendations, including the acceleration of infrastructure upgrades to ensure all rural roads meet minimum safety standards, a stricter enforcement of existing traffic laws, and the expansion of public awareness campaigns to promote safe driving practices. Additionally, the report underscores the importance of leveraging technology, such as ISA and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, to further reduce accident rates.

The ETSC's report serves as both a progress marker and a call to action for EU member states, local governments, and stakeholders. As the EU aims for a "Vision Zero" target, seeking to eliminate all road fatalities by 2050, the focus on rural roads is more critical than ever. Achieving this ambitious goal will require a concerted effort, involving not just government interventions, but also community engagement and individual responsibility.


CITA Topic Area D and E meetings in Stuttgart


In late March 2024, hosted by DEKRA in Stuttgart, Germany, CITA members met together for the Topic Area D and E meetings.

The meeting on Environmental Protection Systems (Topic Area D) on March 26, 2024, focused on pivotal developments in particulate number (PN) measurement techniques and nitrogen oxides (NOx) testing methodologies. The session opened with an insightful overview of PN measurement in Belgium, tracing the evolution of this critical environmental monitoring technique. Following this, the spotlight turned to the Netherlands, where participants were briefed on the country’s achievements and challenges in PN measurement throughout 2023.

A significant highlight was the introduction of Particulate Number Measurements in Germany, marking a vital step forward in the nation’s environmental protection efforts. Furthermore, the collaboration between the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and CITA resulted in the validation of a method to test NOx levels, a breakthrough in emissions testing. Attendees were also treated to a practical demonstration, offering a hands-on look at the innovative method for NOx testing, emphasizing the practical application of these advanced techniques.

The agenda on March 27 began with an exclusive technical visit, offering members a rare glimpse into DEKRA’s Calibration Laboratory for PTI equipment and a PTI station. This visit not only showcased the cutting-edge facilities at DEKRA but also highlighted the meticulous process behind the calibration and maintenance of PTI equipment, essential for ensuring the accuracy and reliability of vehicle inspections.

The afternoon session on March 27 delved into Topic Area E, focusing on Quality, Training & Confidence. This part of the meeting addressed the imperative of data collection during PTI in the Netherlands, a cornerstone for enhancing inspection quality and vehicular safety. From Norway came insights into the training needs for electric vehicles (EVs), reflecting the growing shift towards electrification and the necessity for specialized knowledge in this rapidly evolving sector.

Moreover, practical experience with the performance of reinspection in Slovakia was shared, offering valuable lessons on the importance of rigorous quality control and the role of reinspection in maintaining high standards of vehicle compliance.

The hybrid meetings hosted by DEKRA in Stuttgart were more than just a gathering of CITA experts; they were a testament to the collective drive towards a more environmentally friendly and quality-focused PTI industry. By bringing together diverse perspectives on environmental protection systems and quality assurance, these meetings laid the groundwork for future innovations and collaborations.


Recap of the 14th VERT Forum and NPTI Workshop, EMPA 2024


The 14th VERT Forum, alongside the NPTI Workshop, marked significant milestones in the field of vehicle pollution control and Particle Number (PN) measurement, bringing together experts and stakeholders in Dübendorf, Switzerland, on March 21st and 22nd, 2024. This year's events underscored a global commitment to advancing environmental standards and fostering collaboration among key players in the sector.

  • March 21st, 2024: NPTI Workshop

The NPTI (Non-Road Particle Number Test Procedure) Workshop, held on the first day, focused on the critical aspects of Particle Number measurement in Periodical Technical Inspections (PTI). It served as an essential platform for authorities, authorized companies, and professionals directly involved in PN measurement to share insights, latest findings, and best practices. The workshop featured presentations of main results from PN measurement in PTI, contributed by representatives from Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland, highlighting the collaborative effort across countries to enhance air quality standards.

The event also welcomed the participation of researchers from the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, indicating a strong scientific backing and a European-wide approach to tackling vehicle emissions. The workshop, hosted and organized by VERT, with support from the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), aimed at improving the relationship between various stakeholders and developing further workshops and events. This collaborative environment sets the stage for ongoing advancements in pollution control measures and regulatory frameworks.

  • March 22nd, 2024: 14th VERT Forum

The second day was dedicated to the 14th VERT Forum, an event for experts in vehicle pollution control. The forum's focus this year was on particles, encompassing tailpipe emissions, brake wear, and tyre particles, which are significant contributors to air pollution. The discussions and presentations spanned the entire lifecycle of a vehicle, from approval and certification stages through to its eventual scrapping, emphasizing the vital role of PTI in maintaining and ensuring vehicles' environmental compliance.

The forum addressed the multifaceted challenges and innovative solutions related to vehicle pollution, with a special emphasis on the importance of effective particle reduction strategies. By bringing together experts, policymakers, and industry representatives, the forum facilitated a rich exchange of ideas and set the direction for future research, policy development, and technological innovations.

The outcomes of both the NPTI Workshop and the 14th VERT Forum at EMPA 2024 highlight the dynamic and evolving nature of vehicle pollution control efforts. As we move forward, the insights and collaborations fostered during these events will undoubtedly contribute to the development of more effective and sustainable solutions to combat vehicle-related pollution. The emphasis on international cooperation and knowledge exchange underscores the global commitment to cleaner air and a healthier environment, paving the way for further advancements in this critical field.


CITA Annual Report 2023


We are glad to announce the publication of the CITA Annual Report 2023, a comprehensive document that encapsulates our efforts, achievements, and the future direction in promoting safer and cleaner roads globally. This year's report highlights significant advancements in road safety and environmental sustainability.

The report delves into various key areas:

Global Trends in Road Safety: Emphasizing the reduction in road traffic deaths and the future challenges posed by the growing global vehicle fleet.

CITA's Initiatives: Showcasing our activities in raising awareness, developing new vehicle inspection methods, and addressing the challenges brought by digitalization and new technologies.

International Collaborations and Conferences: Detailing our efforts in hosting and participating in conferences and webinars worldwide to foster dialogue and cooperation in enhancing road safety.

Innovations in Vehicle Inspection: Including advancements in Particle Number (PN) counting, the revision of the CITA position paper on Electric Vehicles (EVs), and the introduction of new recommendations for suspension testing and regulatory compliance of connected and automated vehicles.

Regional Highlights: Offering insights into the impact of our work across different continents, including Africa, Europe, Central & South America, and Asia/Australasia.

The report serves as a testament to our commitment to making roads safer and cleaner, every day, everywhere. We extend our gratitude to all our members, partners, and the broader community for their unwavering support and dedication to our mission.

We invite you to read the report, available on our website as well, to learn more about our activities, achievements, and the paths we are forging towards a safer and more sustainable future.


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A new CITA member from Germany: Dürr Assembly Products GmbH


Dürr Assembly Products GmbH, a company of the Dürr AG, delivers cutting-edge products, systems and equipment for demanding testing functions as a global player, not only in the final assembly of automotive vehicle production, but also for R&D and PTI applications.
Modern vehicles have many complex mechatronic systems such as drive units, brakes, chassis, headlamps and ADAS.
Dürr is continuously working on the development of innovative technologies for testing and calibration of these safety-relevant components.
Dürr’s latest efforts aim to ensure the proper functioning of automated or autonomous driving up to SAE-Level 5 by providing over-the-air simulation equipment and vehicle-in-the-loop test systems.


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A new CITA member from Lithuania: carVertical


carVertical is a reputable vehicle history reporting company. With data sourced from 900 global registries and databases, the company offers comprehensive reports to assist customers in making informed decisions about used vehicles. Operating in 28 countries, their coverage extends across most of Europe, the US, Mexico, and Australia. Beyond providing reports, the company is dedicated to elevating the standards and culture of the used vehicle market.


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