vehicles - exemption from periodic testing|
FBHVC has worked hard to introduce some common sense and pragmatism into these
EU vehicle roadworthiness proposals and succeeded in getting some exemptions.
But the inflexible mentality of some EU members is not impressive at all.
newsletter item below. More
to the DfT website
the latest newsletter from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC)
they have an item on roadworthiness testing and a note that the Department of
Transport has set up a website for people to discuss and make suggestions about
changes to roadworthiness testing for classic vehicles. The current rules in Great
Britain will have to change in 2018 and were seeking views and evidence
on the best way to make those changes.|
Great Britain all vehicles manufactured before 1960 are exempt from regular roadworthiness
testing. A new EU
Directive changes the rules around this. The new rules allow member states to
exempt vehicles from testing if they are at least 30 years old and havent
had substantial changes made to them. This means that, if the UK wishes to continue
to exempt classic vehicles from regular testing, the UK Government will need to
update UK law to reflect EU law.|
Read more about the background to the
proposed changes on the DfT website. More
can you get involved?
To help the DfT make this change they looking for
information and views from people and organisations who are interested in this
area. The DfT are looking for a solution that:
> supports the governments
aim for better regulation that minimises the burdens on vehicle owners and businesses
> supports our aims for better road safety
The DfT hopes
their website will provide a forum for classic car enthusiasts to let them know
how you think the DfT could best achieve this balance and help come up with practical
solutions. The DfT have broken this issue down into 3 sections where they invite
you to comment:
> buses and other commercial vehicles
say they will provide information about the changes they need to make. They will
ask questions that they hope youll help so they will be able to consider
and answer fully. DfT invite you to share your thoughts, opinions or any relevant
information you may have. They will sometimes join in the discussion to provide
factual information and to keep debates on topic.
are intending to keep this website open for 3 months, to the end of October 2014.
The information you provide will be used to inform a formal consultation in advance
of a change to the law to be made for no later than 2018.
to the DfT website
FBHVC newsletter item on
this topic by FBHVC member Bob Owen
Roadworthiness Testing Since the last
Newsletter the Department for Transport (DfT) has opened its online website for
comment. You can find it at http://www.dft.gov.uk/classic-mot/ We suggest all
readers do so. There you can see what comments have been suggested already and
you can perhaps comment yourselves.
this article was prepared there was a preponderance of comment against any exemption.
Perhaps this is the time for us to remember that the existing MoT exemption arose
in the first place partly because the Federation had expressed concerns particularly
about older vehicles being damaged by testers unskilled in testing elderly vehicles.
Also, when we canvassed our members on the subject a majority were in favour of
the pre-1960 MoT exemption currently in place. Whatever may be the views on exemptions
for more recent vehicles, we do not think that we want to lose the original points,
so in due course we will take it up with DfT. That may well be through an extended
comment on the site, if that is how DfT wish to obtain input.
to date seem to be brief and based on opinion with little reference to actual
fact. The Federation exists partly to bring together our members' various views
and opinions and put them into a reasoned evidence based form. We are a bit concerned
that DfT's current inclusive, populist approach may result in them being swayed
by prejudice as much as fact. We will continue to push for our members' views
to be taken seriously.
website is also misleading in one respect. There is a motorcycle section, which
suggests that the rules which come into force in 2018 apply to motorcycles. This
is simply not the case. The EU Directive expressly says motorcycles are excluded
till 2022 and it is clear that the requirements for motorcycles remain to be defined.
We will be taking this up with DfT.
is one other thing you might not immediately notice. The site refers to 'Great
Britain', which means it is not about Northern Ireland. Will the average visitor
to the site would realise that?
Ireland will be working out its own means of complying with the Directive and
readers in Northern Ireland might wish to check with their own Government what
is being done. The Federation will be trying to establish what if any differences
there are between the two governments, with a view to ensuring that the interests
of historic vehicle owners are fully recognised in both Northern Ireland and Great
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