So please, read all the information and decide for yourself.
Agree with that. One of my pet hates is lazy journalists reporting inaccurately on stuff they know little or nothing about and don’t care to research properly and then the resulting moronic public band-wagon jumping. This is why I won't even use the Daily Mail to light my fire
Anyway, back on topic before I get moved to the rant room.
People who think that they are going to be affected can find the full EU proposal (and accompanying draft regulations) here:
The all-important annexes to the regs (which sets out the areas that the roadworthiness test must cover) can be found here (in draft):
The current UK MOT rules for motorcars are here:
MOT testing manuals and guides
As I say, I think that the "you can't change your windscreen-wipers without having your car crushed by Belgian Eurocrats (who will also use the opportunity to confiscate your bendy bananas)" scare-mongering being put about by some is quite unhelpful. I think mods are permitted (and specifically contemplated) by the regs. Put another way, the regs would not provide for a test after modification if all mods were to be banned - see Article 5(4) referred to above.
However, there are definitely aspects of the regs that are poorly drafted and that will be of concern. For example, the "historic car" definition and requirements look particularly ill-conceived, so I can understand why classic car owners are getting wound-up.
But I think the main thing that should be of more general concern if these regs go through (and there is a little way to go before they do) is the way the UK Government decide to interpret, implement and enforce them. My view, expressed above (and argued for and against by some on pistonheads) is that the EU regs are capable of being interpreted in a way that doesn't require much more stringent testing of mods than we currently have in the MOT. Just go to the MOT document linked above and search for the word "modification". You'll see that the general approach that we currently have is that when assessing modifications the test is whether the modification has significantly reduced the original components strength. I think this is what Article 3(9) cited above is actually saying - parts must comply with the car's original safety and environmental characteristics – which must reasonably be read as saying that parts which exceed those characteristics will be ok (subject to testing). In my example above, if I upgrade my brakes to better than OEM why on earth should that cause an MOT failure? If you think this is not what the EU regs are saying then go to page 16 of the draft annex to the EU regs linked above: para 1.1.21. (braking system). The requirement stated is for a visual inspection which checks for among other things "Inappropriate repair or modification to any component" (see para (d)). The footnote at the bottom of the page explains that "inappropriate repair or modification means a repair or modification that adversely affects the road safety of the vehicle or has a negative effect on the environment." I'm not an MOT tester but that to me sounds pretty similar to what we have already in the UK MOT doesn't it ?
However, I'm just some bloke on a forum so what my (or anyone else's) interpretation is doesn't make the slightest bit of difference. What we should possibly be worried about is that the UK Government do what they often do and decide to gold-plate the general and broad-brush EU requirements with a bolstered set of MOT requirements (with far more stringent testing of mods or requirements for type-approval, or god-forbid db testing of exhausts against OEM sound levels – I'll be scrwed then with my wizard exhaust). Anyway, I hope that won’t happen, but it is reason enough for people to be interested in this issue, read the docs themselves and make their views known.