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As in the case of two-wheelers, riders of three-wheeler mopeds and light quadricycles (minicars) will have to take a practical test, in addition to the mandatory theoretical test, from April, to obtain a licence. Regardless of the type of vehicle they choose to take the test with, the licence will enable successful candidates to ride all two- and three-wheeler mopeds and light quadricycles.

In May 2011, the IX Italian Parliamentary (Transport) Committee submitted its evaluation of the EU draft regulation on future EU type approval (COM(2010)542 def) to the EU, indicating some critical factors concerning the limited time for applying future procedures and the strict maximum mass limit established for quadricycles. In addition, the IX Parliamentary Committee requested the EU Commission to evaluate the possibility of introducing mandatory safety tests for the type approval of some types of quadricycles.


As from 7 February 2011, in compliance with the Directive 2008/89/EC, M1 category vehicles (cars) and N1 category vehicles (for the transport of goods, such as the Porter) with new type approval shall have daytime running lights. This requirement has been introduced by the European Union in order to improve road safety through vehicle visibility.

On 11 May 2011, Regulation no. 510/2011 of the European Parliament and Council was approved, which establishes CO2 emission levels for light commercial vehicles. Under the Regulation, small-scale manufacturers of N1 vehicles may defer the new pollutant emission limits, and maintain higher emission values. In the autumn, the European Commission will begin drafting the parameters which manufacturers must comply with to obtain this deferment.


Activities continued in India to update national laws on vehicle safety and pollution to international standards. In particular, the process to update requirements concerning pollutant emissions produced by vehicles in major cities to European standards is ongoing, and safety regulations are being aligned with UNECE standards.