Scrapping bonus is a sensible contribution to traffic safety
The scrapping bonus currently offered for old vehicles makes an important contribution to traffic safety. TÜV NORD Mobilität comes to this conclusion having evaluated the general inspections performed over the past two years at TÜV stations.
According to this evaluation, the age category 10-20 years stands out due to a particularly high defect rate. Out of 4.2 million vehicles inspected, 670,000 were allotted to the age category relevant for the bonus.
As already confirmed in the current TÜV report, cars exhibit more defects with increasing age. A detailed analysis of vehicles affected by the scrapping bonus that are older than 9 years gives a clearer picture: "77 percent of all vehicles between 10 and 20 years old had defects, of which one third did not obtain the TÜV inspection sticker the first time around", says Klaus Jürgensen, Head of Sales and Marketing at TÜV NORD Mobilität. The average value of all vehicles inspected for the period above was 17.78 percent with major defects.
The main areas of the defects on older vehicles were primarily the lights, brakes and environmental considerations. Thus, on 36.62 percent of these vehicles, lighting deficiencies were detected while 23.52 percent showed defects in the brake system. Damage, such as to the exhaust or fuel system, excessive noise emissions or oil loss was found on almost one third of vehicles (28.48 percent), which amounted to a deficiency in the area of environmental considerations in the general inspection.
"The deficiencies on cars above 20 or even 30 years old are decreasingly rapidly again", said Jürgensen. "This shows us that owners of classic and vintage cars are keeping their vehicles in good shape."
Whether the scrapping bonus will have an effect on the upcoming TÜV report remains to be seen. "The first new cars will not come to us for three years yet", the expert says, "but of course, we hope that the old cars that have been taken off the roads will lead to a tangible and long-term reduction in the rate of defects and, therefore, to a further increase in traffic safety".
About the TÜV NORD Group
With over 8,000 employees, including more than 6,300 with a technical/scientific background, the TÜV NORD Group is one of the largest technical service providers in Germany. It also operates in over 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The Group owes its leading market position to its technical competence and a broad range of advisory, service, and testing services in the mobility, industry services, international, raw materials, and education and personnel fields. Its motto is “Making our world safer”.
About TÜV NORD Mobility
Enjoying mobility safely – that's what TÜV NORD Mobilität stands for. Services include vehicle and driving tests, vehicle examinations, but also development support consulting for the automobile and supplier industry, and consulting and marketing services for different customer groups. In addition, in the company's Medical-Psychological Institute, doctors and psychologists evaluate people who have lost their license, in order to reintegrate them into road traffic.