There is no other way to understand what is happening on the German market with regard to the interpretation of regulations, directives and decisions by some federal ministries and ministries of the federal states. But also in relation to monitoring organisations whose activities fall under the responsibility of the upper state authorities and are particularly conspicuous here. This refers to unauthorised actions in issuing and withdrawing inspection stickers, in the context of main inspections according to §29 of the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO), in the adjustment of “compressed gas containers” of the company “ALUGAS”, with the content of LPG (fuel gas) according to DIN 51622 and DIN EN 589 and their filling by a vehicle owner.
In many letters to the Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI), as well as the “market surveillance” of the 16th federal states, there has been no amicable settlement to date. On the contrary, the chaos is getting bigger and bigger. Since 1 September 2020, the Framework Regulation (EU) 2018/858 on type approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles has been directly applicable in all Member States of the European Union. From this date, the important area of “market surveillance in Germany” and its reorganisation will also apply. Also the interpretation of the “Ortsbewegliche Druckgeräte-Verordnung” (ODV), with regard to the insertion (gas box) of pressurised gas containers in motor caravans and caravans, as well as the marketing of “transportable pressurised gas containers” in Germany and the non-issuance of “declarations of conformity” when selling them, falls under the term, absolute “CHAOS”.
The “German Association for Gas Technology e.V.” (GAGT) will now make representations to the Commissioner for Transport, Mrs. Adina VALEAN, in Brussels and her cabinet, Mr. Walter GOETZ (Head of Cabinet). Of course, we hope that in the next few months we will be able to bring the chaos in relation to regulations and here in particular in relation to the Framework Regulation (EU) 2018/858, and its implementation in Germany. We will of course also address the associated market surveillance in detail. The first talks with an employee have already been held in this regard.
gez. Peter Ziegler