Motorists who modify their cars could fail their MoT test under EU proposals, according to the Telegraph.
The European Commission is drawing up plans for a ‘roadworthiness test’ which would mean that all components had to conform to those which were on the car when it was first registered, says the Telegraph.
Motoring organisations have been warned by the DfT that this “may prevent most modifications” and would apply to “many components and to all types of vehicle”.
It is unclear whether this could extend to routine modifications such as fitting alloy wheels or bringing cars up to 21st century standards.
The move comes within months of the Government drawing up plans to exempt classic cars – those built before 1960 – from the MoT test. The DfT believed that exempting them from the MoT was justified because classic cars are normally lovingly maintained and had lower accident rates than newer models.
However, according to the EU document: “Vehicles of historic interest are supposed to conserve heritage of the époque they have been built.”
It is understood the DfT is seeking clarification of the EU plans which appear to make it impossible for owners of older cars to modify their vehicles to bring them up to modern safety standards.
According to the Telegraph, critics of the proposals described the EU plans as “unworkable”.
A DfT spokesman added: “We will challenge provisions that imply costs for Government, people or industry and seek to minimise these.”
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