Both myself and the Secretary of State for Transport, my right hon. Friend Mr McLoughlin, have had general discussions with the European Commission and with representatives from other member states, including the Irish presidency on the roadworthiness proposal since it was published in July 2012.
More specifically, I addressed the Council of Transport Ministers on this issue in October 2012 and also December 2012 where the majority of member states agreed a General Approach on Periodic Technical Inspection which modified the proposal to be more acceptable for the UK. The Secretary of State attended the Council meeting in June this year where general approaches were agreed on roadside inspection and on the registration directive.
I refer the hon. Member to my written ministerial statement concerning the Transport Council in December 2012 on