Members' Research Service By / September 21, 2023

Non-road mobile machinery circulating on public roads [EU Legislation in Progress]

This year, the single market is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Although it has generally been a success story, many hurdles remain, and it is estimated that improvements to the single market for goods could generate between €183 billion and €269 billion annually.

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Written by Guillaume Ragonnaud (1st edition).

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the single market. Although it has generally been a success story, a number of challenges remain. For instance, there is still no EU-wide harmonisation of the technical requirements for the road circulation of non-road mobile machinery. This has a negative effect on the functioning of the single market. This sector covers a broad range of machinery fitted with the means for self-propulsion – such as combine harvesters, excavators, ride-on mowers and forklifts – and that may need to circulate on the road to go from one workplace to another.

On 23 March 2023, the Commission presented a proposal for a regulation that would set out the requirements for the EU type approval and placing on the market of non-road mobile machinery intended to circulate on public roads. It would also lay down rules and procedures on market surveillance of non-road mobile machinery. Stakeholders have broadly welcomed the proposal.

The proposed regulation is now in the hands of the co-legislators. In Parliament, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) is responsible for the file. The committee vote on the draft report is expected on 27-28 November 2023.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approval and market surveillance of non-road mobile machinery circulating on public roads and amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1020
Committee responsible:Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)COM(2023)178
Rapporteur:Tom Vandenkendelaere (EPP, Belgium)2023/0090(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Maria-Manuel Leitão-Marques (S&D, Portugal)
Ivars Ijabs (Renew, Latvia)
Malte Gallée (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Beata Mazurek (ECR, Poland)  
ID: to be appointed
Kateřina Konečná (The Left, Czechia)
Ordinary legislative procedure
(COD) (Parliament and Council
on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Awaiting committee decision

EU Legislation in progress timeline

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