Fabian Demicoli

Type Approval of Agricultural or Forestry Tractors (Amendment) Regulations, 2014

The Technical
Regulations Division has declared that it is in the phase of amending L.N. 123
of 2005 Type of Approval Agricultural or Forestry Tractors Regulations, 2005 by
transposing the following Regulations:

Directive
2014/43/EU of 18 March 2014 amending Annexes I, II and III to Directive
2000/25/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on action to be taken
against the emission of gaseous and particulate pollutants by engines intended
to power agricultural or forestry tractors.

Directive 2000/25/EC
lays down the limit values for emissions of gaseous and particulate pollutants
to be applied in successive stages, and the test procedure for internal
combustion engines intended to power agricultural or forestry tractors by
reference to the provisions of Directive 97/68/EC relating to measures against
the emission of gaseous and particulate pollutants from internal combustion
engines to be installed in non-road mobile machinery.

Technical
progress requires rapid adaptation of the technical requirements set out in the
Annexes to Directive 97/68/EC and therefore that Directive has been amended
several times. It is therefore necessary to align Directive 2000/25/EC with the
provisions of Directive 97/68/EC as amended.

Directive 2014/44/EU of 18 March 2014
amending Annexes I, II and III to Directive 2003/37/EC of the European
Parliament and of the Council on type-approval of agricultural or forestry
tractors, their trailers and interchangeable towed machinery, together with
their systems, components and separate technical units

Directive
2003/37/EC sets up the type-approval system of agricultural and forestry
tractors, bringing it in line with the rules on type-approval of motor
vehicles.  Directive 2000/25/EC is one of
the separate directives in the framework of the type-approval system set up by
Directive 2003/37/EC.  Directive
2000/25/EC has been amended in order to include several modifications to
Directive 97/68/EC concerning adaptation to technical progress, introduction of
new emission stages, introduction of alternative type approval procedures and
implementation of flexibility schemes.

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