On the 12th and 13th of October, the international vehicle inspection community gathered for the 6th International PTI Workshop in Ispra, Italy. This esteemed event was organized by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW). With the backing of significant entities like the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) of the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure Water Management, this workshop promised insights into the pressing issues and future advancements in the field of roadworthiness testing.
A blend of currently relevant and forward-thinking subjects occupied the workshop's schedule:
- PN/NOx testing: An analysis of the methods and relevance of testing for these pollutants.
- Access and definition vehicle data: Discussing the challenges and solutions in accessing and defining vehicle data.
- Scope of the directive 2014/45/EU: A deep dive into the directive and its implications for roadworthiness.
- PTI Frequency: Delving into the frequency of periodic technical inspections and its relevance in modern times.
- PTI and Electric Vehicles: Understanding the unique challenges and solutions when it comes to inspecting electric vehicles.
- Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS): A look into the technologies that aid drivers and how they impact vehicle roadworthiness.
To further educate and engage the attendees, various presentations and workshops were organized. These sessions spotlighted subjects that are instrumental for the future developments in the periodic inspection of vehicles.
DG MOVE used this platform to provide an update on the status of the RWP. Additionally, attendees had the golden opportunity to get acquainted with initiatives and the horizon of developments in roadworthiness testing across other EU member states.
CITA played an instrumental role in the event. Prominent figures like Gerhard MÜLLER - CITA President, Pascal BUEKENHOUDT - CITA Vice President Technical Affairs, and Víctor Salvachúa - Chairman of the CITA TA A on R&D vehicle compliance, actively participated, sharing their expertise and insights with the gathered professionals.
A touching moment during the event was when the CITA President presented a recognition plate to Hens Peeters-Weem, acknowledging his invaluable contribution to PTI. This gesture became all the more poignant as Mr. Peeters-Weem is set to retire in the upcoming weeks.
In essence, the 6th International PTI Workshop not only addressed the present concerns but also charted a roadmap for the future, ensuring that the vehicle community is well-prepared for the challenges and advancements on the horizon.