On 1 July, the new Order ICT/370/2021 came into force, establishing the technical specifications that all temperature-controlled freight vehicles (for perishable goods) must comply with.

This Order implements an amendment to the annexes of Spanish Royal Decree 237/2000, which regulates aspects such as the procedures for complying with the ATP agreement (inspections, conformity of mass production, etc).

The ATP agreement ensures that perishable goods are transported from one country to another without losing their organoleptic properties and reach the consumer in optimum condition. The method of transport used must therefore be able to maintain the ideal temperature for storing the product.

Change in regulation

Order ICT/370/2021 includes changes in the renewal of certificates for perishable goods transportation vehicles.

Vehicles between 15 and 21 years old (from the manufacture date of the isothermal enclosure, or in other words, the semi-trailer or tank) must undergo tests at a designated test station to verify their thermal transmission coefficient.

Vehicles that pass the check must pass another test when they are 24 years old (and every three years thereafter).

Purpose of the changes

These amendments will set out the provisions relating to conformity of production to make them clearer and promote fair competition between manufacturers. New occupational health and safety provisions are also introduced.

With these changes, the energy efficiency of freight vehicles will be improved while ensuring safety and environmental protection.