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AECA-ITV Annual Congress in Barcelona


In a clear sign of the rapidly evolving landscape of vehicle inspections across Europe, AECA-ITV, the renowned PTI Spanish association, hosted its annual congress in Barcelona on the 4th and 5th of October. The two-day event, fittingly themed "Mirando al Futuro" ("Looking to the Future"), witnessed experts, policymakers, and stakeholders converge to discuss and shape the future of vehicle safety, environmental protection, and inspection standards.

Key insights from the presentations included emphasis on electric vehicles (EVs), on the digitization of inspection records, on environmental regulations, safety protocols, and harmonization across Europe.

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of the event was the participation of CITA, represented by its Executive Director, Eduard Fernández, who presented a keenly-anticipated talk on the evolution of PTI in Europe.

The AECA-ITV annual congress served as a reminder of the importance of collaboration in an ever-changing landscape. As Europe drives towards a safer, greener, and more efficient future, organizations like AECA-ITV and CITA will play a crucial role in shaping the direction of vehicle inspections and safety protocols.


Japanese delegation visits GOCA Vlaanderen and CITA for PTI talks


In a significant move to bolster international collaboration on vehicle safety standards and inspection protocols, a high-profile Japanese delegation visited yesterday (3 October 2023) GOCA Vlaanderen and CITA in Brussels. The delegation, which comprised of top officials from Japan's transportation departments such as the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the National Agency for Automobile and Land Transport Technology (NALTEC), the Light Motor Vehicle Inspection Organization (LMVIO), the Japan Automotive Service Equipment Association (JASEA), and the Japan Automobile Standards Internationalization Center (JASIC), aimed to discuss and understand the European models of vehicle inspection and to explore possibilities for mutual learning and cooperation.

The primary focus of this visit was on the robust vehicle inspection system in Europe and in Belgium, which has earned recognition for its stringent quality checks and efficiency. With the growing concerns about vehicle safety, emissions, and the increasing shift towards electric vehicles, the need for a more standardized and comprehensive vehicle inspection system is more crucial than ever.

CITA, known globally for its role in establishing vehicle inspection guidelines, was naturally the focal point of these discussions. The agency shared insights on the latest best practices, technology innovations in inspection, and the challenges faced in ensuring vehicles on the road are safe and compliant.

CITA Recommendation no. 26: Suspension Testing


CITA Recommendation no. 1 lists the items that should be inspected during periodic technical inspection of the vehicle, the method of inspection and the principal reasons for failure. Section 5 of CITA Rec. 1 covers axles, wheels, tyres and suspensions.

The purpose of the new CITA Recommendation no. 26 is to specify in greater detail the recommended test methods and equipment for assessing the condition and performance of the vehicle’s suspension as part of the periodic technical inspection.

A general assumption of periodic inspection is that new vehicles comply with legal requirements. The principal aim of periodic inspection is to test whether a vehicle has been properly maintained and is still roadworthy. This recommendation is based on the requirements for suspensions stated in European Union council directive no. 2014/45/EU on roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers.

The document has been developed by the CITA Suspension Task Force.

It describes 3 stages:

· Stage I: Describes suspension testing in accordance with the current EU directive 2014/45/EU.

· Stage II: Describes the advanced current or near-future technology. Stage II describes what can be done in addition to Stage I.

· Stage III: Description of possible future tests. Stage III describes what can be done besides stages I and II.


Mr. Aitor Retes: The New CITA Secretary General


The CITA community celebrates the appointment of Mr. Aitor Retes Aguado as the new Secretary General. The appointment was officially approved by the CITA Bureau Permanent on 26 September 2023.

His incredible journey, spanning more than 8 years within CITA Bureau Permanent, marked by perseverance, dedication, and strategic brilliance, has culminated in this well-deserved recognition.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes as he takes on this new role.

A new CITA Corporate Member: UNIMETAL


UNIMETAL specializes in manufacturing vehicle inspection equipment and developing IT/IoT systems for PTI centers. Their integrated automatic vehicle test lanes and mobile inspection solutions are used in more than 30 countries around the world. In engineering and development, they place a strong emphasis on the technological excellence and innovation as well as efficiency of their products in everyday use. UNIMETAL is eager to contribute to the development of global standards and best practices in vehicle safety, environmental protection and road security.

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A new CITA Corporate Member: MAHLE

As MAHLE Aftermarket, their 1.926 employees at over 30 locations worldwide offer 30 years of experience in workshop equipment and diagnostics and 100 years of experience in engine parts, filtration, and thermal management. They develop and produce service equipment relevant to periodic technical inspections such as diagnostic tools, emission meters, innovative battery tests and ADAS calibration. With their research and development results, they want to contribute to the excellent work of CITA.

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A new CITA Corporate member

VAMAG is an Italian leading Garage Equipment Company founded in 1981 in Milan area in the north of Italy by Mr. Gianfranco Crosta. He switched his passion for Automotive into a job, starting-up his own manufacturing Company since the beginning of the 80’s.

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A new CITA member from Italy

Nexion is an integrated group of companies with manufacturing sites in ltaly, Germany, Denmark, Croatia, China and Brazil which designs, develops and produces a wide range of Automotive Repair and Maintenance solutions, from the top of the range to the entry level. The group is present around the world in more than 150 countries through a highly professional network of 19 branches and more than 350 distributors.

The Nexion product portfolio includes: Tyre repair equipment / Lifting equipment / Wheel alignment machines / ADAS calibration system / Vehicles inspection equipment / Diagnostic equipment / Workshop software solutions.

With its brands CORGHI, HPA-Faip, MONDOLFO FERRO, ORLANDINI, SICE, TECO, TECNOMOTOR, BRIGHT, AUTOPSTENHOJ, BRADBURY, DUNLOP, MOLNAR, PERKUTE, SHERPA, STENHOJ and KOMPUNET INFORMATICA the Nexion Group ensure maximum technological efficiency and a high service level for all needs of tyre specialists, workshops, PTI and OEM.

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