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Document 31977L0389

Council Directive 77/389/EEC of 17 May 1977 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to motor-vehicle towing-devices

OJ L 145, 13.6.1977, p. 41–42 (DA, DE, EN, FR, IT, NL)
Greek special edition: Chapter 13 Volume 006 P. 50 - 51
Spanish special edition: Chapter 13 Volume 007 P. 56 - 57
Portuguese special edition: Chapter 13 Volume 007 P. 56 - 57
Special edition in Finnish: Chapter 13 Volume 007 P. 44 - 45
Special edition in Swedish: Chapter 13 Volume 007 P. 44 - 45
Special edition in Czech: Chapter 13 Volume 004 P. 49 - 50
Special edition in Estonian: Chapter 13 Volume 004 P. 49 - 50
Special edition in Latvian: Chapter 13 Volume 004 P. 49 - 50
Special edition in Lithuanian: Chapter 13 Volume 004 P. 49 - 50
Special edition in Hungarian Chapter 13 Volume 004 P. 49 - 50
Special edition in Maltese: Chapter 13 Volume 004 P. 49 - 50
Special edition in Polish: Chapter 13 Volume 004 P. 49 - 50
Special edition in Slovak: Chapter 13 Volume 004 P. 49 - 50
Special edition in Slovene: Chapter 13 Volume 004 P. 49 - 50
Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 13 Volume 003 P. 145 - 146
Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 13 Volume 003 P. 145 - 146
Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 13 Volume 009 P. 9 - 10

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/10/2014; Repealed by 32009R0661 . Latest consolidated version: 31/10/1996

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dir/1977/389/oj

31977L0389

Council Directive 77/389/EEC of 17 May 1977 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to motor-vehicle towing-devices

Official Journal L 145 , 13/06/1977 P. 0041 - 0042
Finnish special edition: Chapter 13 Volume 7 P. 0044
Greek special edition: Chapter 13 Volume 6 P. 0050
Swedish special edition: Chapter 13 Volume 7 P. 0044
Spanish special edition: Chapter 13 Volume 7 P. 0056
Portuguese special edition Chapter 13 Volume 7 P. 0056


COUNCIL DIRECTIVE of 17 May 1977 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to motor-vehicle towing-devices (77/389/EEC)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, and in particular Article 100 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament (1),

Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee (2),

Whereas the technical requirements which motor vehicles must satisfy pursuant to national laws relate inter alia to their towing-devices;

Whereas those requirements differ from one Member State to another ; whereas it is therefore necessary that all Member States adopt the same requirements either in addition to or in place of their existing rules, in order, in particular, to allow the EEC type-approval procedure, which was the subject of Council Directive 70/156/EEC of 6 February 1970 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the type-approval of motor vehicles and their trailers (3), to be introduced in respect of each type of vehicle;

Whereas approximation of the national laws relating to motor vehicles entails mutual recognition by the Member States of the checks carried out by each of them on the basis of the common requirements,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

Article 1

For the purposes of this Directive, "vehicle" means any motor vehicle intended for use on the road, with or without bodywork, having at least four wheels and a maximum design speed exceeding 25 km/h, with the exception of vehicles which run on rails, agricultural or forestry tractors and machinery and public works vehicles.

Article 2

No Member State may refuse to grant EEC type-approval or national type-approval of a vehicle on grounds relating to their towing-devices, if these satisfy the requirements set out in the Annex.

Article 3

No Member State may refuse registration or prohibit the sale, entry into service or use of a vehicle on grounds relating to their towing-devices if these satisfy the requirements set out in the Annex to this Directive.

Article 4

Any amendments necessary to adjust the requirements of this Annex to take account of technical progress shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 13 of Council Directive 70/156/EEC.

Article 5

1. Member States shall put into force the provisions necessary to comply with this Directive within 18 months of its notification and shall immediately inform the Commission thereof.

2. Member States shall ensure that the texts of legislative provisions which they adopt in the area governed by this Directive are communicated to the Commission.

Article 6

This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 17 May 1977.

For the Council

The President

J. SILKIN (1)OJ No C 76, 7.4.1975, p. 37. (2)OJ No C 248, 29.10.1975, p. 24. (3)OJ No L 42, 23.2.1970, p. 1.

ANNEX TOWING-DEVICES

1. Number 1.1. All motor vehicles must have a special towing-device fitted at the front, to which a connecting part, such as a towing-bar or tow-rope, may be fitted.

1.2. Vehicles in category M1 - as defined in Annex I to Directive 70/156/EEC - except for those vehicles unsuitable for towing loads, must also be fitted with a towing-device at the rear.

2. Stability 2.1. Each special towing-device fitted to the vehicle must be able to withstand a tractive or compressive static force of at least half the authorized total weight of the vehicle, only without the towed load to which it is fitted.

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