Just want to clarify this for you guys before someone loses a car....
2026 private, non commercial vehicles were inspected at random roadside checks by VOSA inspectors last year and removed/destroyed!
The owners were fined for full costs for failure to adhere to current UK regulations and manufacturer standards on emission control devices.
Around 30% of them were for catalytic converter deletion on models designated as required catalytic converters OE fitted as standard, despite the owners having current MOT test certification....
As has been said already, There is NO guarantee for a vehicle which has passed MOT emissions to be LEGAL for road use!
That is up to the owner to check and/or run the risk.
Don't be surprised during a VOSA road side check that a remote bore scope camera is used to travel up the exhaust system to inspect... We carry the equipment around at all times.
If found to not have a working catalytic converter fitted and therefore not to OE standards of emission regulations, the car is then automatically impounded and destroyed... No excuses and No recourse for the registered owner/ driver... The car is automatically un-roadworthy condition and WILL be treat as such.
I was responsible for the removal of three such vehicles last year on random roadside inspections in my final year for VOSA.
On the other side of the coin..... A "sport cat" that is fitted is legal as long as it adheres to emissions and sound decibel regulations.
Deletions of catalytic converters have been performed since the first cats appeared fitted to vehicles, it's only since regulations and vehicle seizure powers have increased in recent years that VOSA and the Police have now the ability and knowledge to check via road side inspections.
Thank the owners of "apparently road legal, track day cars" for the tightening up of these regulations!