How to establish compliance with the pollution norms for the car I want to buy from abroad?

In order to find out the degree of pollution, you must go to an R.A.R. dealership and fill in a consultation request with the data on the vehicle and you will receive an official answer. […]

1. In order to find out the degree of pollution, you must go to a R.A.R. dealership and fill in a request for advice with the data on the vehicle and you will receive an official answer.

In order to complete the consultancy request, there is no need for you to come. Personal. You can send the data to any person regardless of the place of residence to come for you but with the data required by the application model. The person will fill it in at the counter and get an answer shortly.
It would be good if you could also send a copy of the “certificate of conformity” of the vehicle issued by the manufacturer or even a copy of the registration document.

The activity of establishing the pollution standard that the vehicles comply with is a complex one and which involves a certain level of specialization as well as access to various technical and identification data of the vehicles in question.

The classification of vehicles in the degree of chemical pollution is based on a series of complex technical information coming, in particular, from their approval files and which are available in certain European databases to which R.A.R. has access, like all other European approval authorities, under a controlled regime and through a limited number of users.

Model of the consultancy request

2. Is the pollution standard D3/D4 in Germany equivalent to Euro 3 in Romania?

“D”s are German tax rules that are not related to European approvals made by the competent authorities on the basis of EU regulatory acts. There is no direct and immediate correspondence between these German national pollution encodings and the generic “steps” called “Euro” attesting to compliance with certain European regulatory acts (directives/regulations).

3. In view of the extremely large number of vehicle brands differentiated in their turn by types, variants and multiple construction versions, of the long period of time that has elapsed since the introduction of the pollution level called Euro 1 (1992) and of the large number of European regulatory acts introducing changes in the levels of pollution generically called Euro, it is practically impossible to have complete ‘tables’, as is often required, that can provide information to ordinary users on the correspondence between certain variants and versions of motor vehicles (more or less easily identifiable) and the degree of pollution they observe.

Remaining faithful to the previously transmitted information, in addition, we would like to inform you that R.A.R., during the activity carried out, was permanently sensitive to the problems raised by its customers and tried, each time, to solve them as efficiently as possible. Thus, taking into account that in the period prior to Romania’s accession to the European Union, the minimum level accepted from the point of view of polluting emissions for the approval for admission into circulation on public roads in our country was Euro 3, R.A.R. has made and published, since that period, within the AutoTest Magazine, lists containing the main and most often imported models of vehicles by Romanian citizens and which respect this degree of pollution.

Further information can be obtained at tel.: 021/9672 (*normal rate RCS & RDS)

The Frequently Asked Question was published on 20/06/2007