Classic car owners demand a “specific exemption” from proposed new “tampering” driving laws.
If the government decides to go ahead with its “anti-tampering proposals,” campaigners want the government to make clear allowances for classic car owners.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has been in contact with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) about its plans to introduce new driving laws.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation to see how it can prevent car modifications that have a negative impact on road safety, vehicle security, or the environment.
The consultation on the “Future of Transportation” was aimed at assisting the automotive industry and ensuring that transportation regulations are fit for the future.
The Department of Transport put forward proposals as part of the Future of Transport: Modernising Vehicle Standards regulatory review to help the government better target and prevent harmful tampering with vehicle emission control systems.
Some classic car owners and organizations, on the other hand, were concerned about the potential impact on the historic vehicle industry.
“As a benefit of the long-standing working relationship between FBHVC and DfT, the Federation received an early invitation to respond directly to the DfT ahead of the formal Consultation,” a spokesperson for the FBHVC said.
“The Federation took advantage of this opportunity to confirm that the principle of no retrospective effect would be upheld, as well as to address concerns about anti-tampering proposals.”
“As a result, the Federation asked the Department of Transport for assurances on the following points:
“The Department for Transport would adhere to its long-standing policy of not applying revised regulations retroactively.
“Tampering provisions would not be applied retroactively, but only to “tomorrow’s” vehicles.
“They would look into a specific exemption provision in the regulations relating to the definition of historic vehicles,” says the source.
A petition was launched on the Parliament website in response to the consultation, urging the government not to “implement new offences for vehicle tampering.”
It stated that modified vehicles used on the roads must pass the same MOT testing as all other road vehicles, demonstrating that adequate safeguards are in place to ensure modified vehicles are roadworthy.
Parliament will consider the petition for a debate in the House of Commons after it received a whopping 107,000 signatures.
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The DfT has assured the FBHVC.
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