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The Partnership between CITA and VERT®

The partnership between CITA and VERT® (Verification of Emissions Reduction Technologies) is a strategic alignment of missions that amplifies the efforts to combat environmental and health impacts caused by vehicle emissions.

VERT®, in fact, dedicates itself to promoting the best available technology for emission control, particularly technologies that mitigate ultrafine particle emissions. These particles are known for their significant health hazards and environmental impact, contributing to global warming and respiratory issues.

It sets itself apart by advocating for advanced emission measurement technologies—shifting from traditional particle mass count to particle number measurement. This approach acknowledges the disproportionate impact of ultrafine particles, despite their minimal mass, on health. VERT®'s rigorous standards and certification processes, including the VERT® Label and the VERT® filter list, ensure that only the highest quality emission control technologies are recognized and promoted.

This partnership not only supports traffic pollution reduction programs worldwide but also promotes clean urban mobility solutions.


A new CITA member from China: CCIC

China Certification & Inspection Group (CCIC), established in 1980, is a state-owned enterprise managed by China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission. As the only independent third-party organization among central enterprises, CCIC specializes in inspection, testing, certification, standards, and metrology. It plays a critical role in enhancing service quality and technological breakthroughs across various industries. With over 40 years of growth, CCIC has expanded to nearly 20,000 employees, over 400 branches, and 500 laboratories globally. It provides comprehensive quality services to over 100,000 customers worldwide in sectors like agriculture, industry, and services, maintaining a leading position in formulating international and national standards. CCIC is also active in international standardization organizations, promoting Chinese standards globally.


A new CITA member from Italy: SNAP NT

SNAP NT is an Italian manufacturer of PTI equipment for vehicle inspection lines, with particular attention to innovation, performance and reliability.
SNAP NT has two seats in Italy, each with its own production site in Giarre (CT) and Campi di Bisenzio (FI), and internally manages all the design, development and production phases, both of the inspection equipment and the management software and operational.
Thanks to the specific skills in the mechatronics and IT fields, gained with our extensive experience on PTI equipment, SNAPNT aims to contribute to CITA's activities and to the development of best practices.


FISEVI 2024: Advancing Child Road Safety in Latin America

From April 10 to 12, 2024, El Salvador hosted the significant Foro Internacional de Seguridad Vial Infantil (FISEVI 2024), organized by the Gonzalo Rodríguez Foundation and the Government of El Salvador. This forum has become a cornerstone event for discussing and advancing road safety in Latin America, especially focusing on children.

One of the contributions to the forum was from Mr. Marcelo Martínez, Chairperson of the CITA Regional Advisory Group (RAG) for Latin America. Representing CITA, Martínez took a prominent role in the panel “Fiscalización y Control,” where he detailed various models of Periodic Technical Inspection (PTI) systems. His discussion centered around CITA Recommendation 20, exploring its adaptation to the realities of Latin American countries to ensure compliance with technical vehicle inspections.

The panel also featured significant figures such as Alfredo Alvayero, General Director of Transit of El Salvador, and Juan José Olaizola, Vice Minister of Transportation of Uruguay, who shared insights into their countries' efforts towards enhancing road safety. The collaborative efforts highlighted the importance of integrating technology with skilled personnel training to enhance traffic enforcement effectiveness.

Diego Coiro of CIEMSA highlighted the need to tailor road safety strategies to the specific conditions of each territory, emphasizing the importance of sharing and exchanging experiences across borders. Meanwhile, Juan José Olaizola discussed Uruguay's practical application of surveillance tools, demonstrating significant improvements in road safety metrics following the implementation of new technologies, such as extensive radar systems.

Alfredo Alvayero spoke about El Salvador’s holistic approach to road safety, which includes intense public awareness and regulation of driving schools and instructor certification processes as part of a broader national road safety plan.

The forum was enriched with educational sessions led by experts like Fred Wegman, Emeritus Professor at Delft University, who moderated discussions on the need for visibility in law enforcement and the use of automated enforcement technologies. Panels also discussed the integration of various road safety components, such as vehicle safety standards, infrastructure improvements, and legislative measures.

The event concluded with a declaration of commitment to the goals of the UN’s Global Road Safety Plan and the Stockholm Declaration, aiming to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2030. The declaration emphasized the need for strong political leadership and international cooperation to protect children on the roads.

For more information please visit the FISEVI website

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.


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.


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.