a rebuild with an older engine will become almost impossible|
Road Vehicles Improving Air Quality and Safety proposals
are not good news for
MGV8 enthusiasts with a V8 conversion in progress, in the planning stage or in
mind as a project they would like to carry out. They
include revised emissions and safety standards for specialist and converted
vehicles - see page 16, 4.10 to 4.13 where it is proposed that all vehicles
going through an Independent Vehicle Approval (IVA) test from July 2018 will have
to conform to "new car" emissions limits. This is where our concerns
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or re-registering a vehicle that has undergone alterations including installing
an older engine will become almost impossible because the DfT is proposing that
such vehicles, typically classic cars, will have to pass current emissions regulations
regardless of the engine's age. Note, those emission regulations are the current
regulations for engines produced today and installed by manufacturers in new cars.
That will catch new or rebuilt MGBV8 conversions using replacement Rover V8 engines
which are unable to meet current engine emission regulations. This is not good
news for MGV8 enthusiasts with a V8 conversion in progress, in the planning stage
or in mind as a project they would like to carry out. |
So far as we can
tell these DfT proposals are not retrospective but if an existing car with a V8
conversion needed to be re-registered for any reason then it could become an issue.
We await further clarification on this and the DfT "substantial change"
guidance released recently, probably in the next newsletter from the Federation
of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC).
draft DfT regulations include new
penalties for supplying a vehicle with a defeat device, a new laboratory test
procedure for measuring fuel consumption, revised emissions and safety standards
for specialist and converted vehicles and stricter end of series derogations.
It seems to be a post VW scandal response. The FBHVC encourages people to respond
to an online Government consultation before the early closing date of 2nd
March 2018. Consultation