HC Deb 11 February 1997 vol 290 c131W
Mr. Chidgey

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to seek to amend the European Commission's current proposals in its emissions 2000 directive, so as to ensure that the tools and electronic codes relating to on-board diagnostics for motor vehicles are available to members of the public; and what information he has as to the public availability of such codes in other OECD countries. [15156]

Mr. Bowis

The Government are seeking to ensure that all diagnostic fault codes, electronic communication protocols and connector sockets are standardised to enable interrogation by standard off-board instruments used by the repair industry. We are working closely with other member states and the Commission to achieve this objective.

There is general agreement between member states that the fault codes should be based on a new ISO standard which will be publicly available. This standard is in turn based on a Society of Automotive Engineers standard which is already generally available in the United States.