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Yet More Intrusive EU Proposals


Sometimes, the things people do beggar belief. It makes you wonder which planet they are from and sometimes it seems that politicians are at the forefront of ridiculous ideas; making up as they do legislation for legislations sake to justify their very existence. It’s not unreasonable to expect our ‘leaders’ to have their finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the world at large and yet it seems that they basically haven’t got a clue as to the true and serious possible outcomes of their crackpot schemes. They just don’t think it through.

Here’s the latest brilliant wheeze to come out of the European parliament in Brussels: Our lords and masters want to ensure that cars cannot be modified once they leave the factory and any changes to the original spec will be identified by way of a hugely altered MOT. Essentially, if their proposal extends to all cars on the road, any car that is so modified will be illegal.

Take the example of a classic car. New cars are safer and better made than ever before and many safety measures have been applied that would never have been possible even thirty years ago. What happens then if the owner of a classic car modifies it to improve safety by fitting, say, bigger or better brakes? Why, this would be illegal under the terms of this lunatic proposal.

Enthusiasts who change cars don’t do so lightly. They are usually responsible people who put safety first. If they add more power then they boost the brakes and so on. Illegal – if the mad-eyed proposers have their way. After-market rear-light clusters on an old Citroen Saxo to perk it up a bit? Illegal. Add your own further suggestions.

Nobody likes having the worry of an MOT and these days the test is pretty rigorous. Why on earth is it necessary to tinker with it further. The Eurocrats will say they have our safety at heart but, if they stopped and thought about it, they’d see that the manufacturers have made huge strides in this area. There is simply no need to interfere.

It will also cost jobs. For example, there exists a thriving classic car market and professional repair sector. Garages who specialise will be decimated simply because they cannot get original parts and resort to using new and usually better made after-market equivalents. Big auto part retailers will lose trade and many areas of the industry will be put at risk.

Needless to say, every motoring organisation is up in arms, as are car makers and anyone involved in the auto trade. Meanwhile, the Department for Transport – obfuscating in the way only politicians can do whilst back-peddling furiously like a clown on a unicycle – are saying that it is only a proposal at this stage and could be amended or even dropped ‘after consultation.’ Yeah, right.

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