FRENCH CLAS­SIC ROAD­WOR­THI­NESS EX­EMP­TIONS CHAL­LENGED

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His­toric ve­hi­cles in France could end up ex­cluded from the coun­try’s equiv­a­lent to our MoT, known as the Con­trôle Tech­nique (CT), pro­vided they were built be­fore 1960. If ap­proved, CT ‘tech­ni­cal in­spec­tions’ for these clas­sics would not be needed from next year. How­ever, the Fédéra­tion Française des Véhicules d’Epoque (FFVE), the Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs’ (FBHVC) French coun­ter­part, strongly op­poses the move. In a state­ment re­leased to news­pa­per Le Fi­garo, it ar­gued ‘benev­o­lence’ through ex­emp­tion would be open to abuse. “It risks en­cour­ag­ing some mo­torists to ne­glect their duty of main­te­nance,” a spokesper­son ex­plained. French cars re­quire CT in­spec­tion when they turn four years old – and are ex­am­ined to re­quire­ments less strin­gent than cur­rent UK MoT re­quire­ments. French clas­sics more than 30 years old re­ceive a ‘vin­tage ve­hi­cle’ grey card – mean­ing CT ex­am­i­na­tions only need to take place every five years. The FFVE’s po­si­tion is in stark con­trast to the Fed­er­a­tion’s stance on pre-1960 road­wor­thi­ness test­ing; his­toric ve­hi­cles of this era have been MoT ex­empt in the UK since 2012, with many own­ers vol­un­tar­ily sub­mit­ting their car for road­wor­thi­ness checks.On the other side of the Chan­nel, the FFVE is push­ing for a sim­pli­fied yearly CT in­spec­tion in­stead: Cost­ing around 40 euros, the sym­pa­thetic CT test would con­cen­trate on the safety crit­i­cal items on the car (body, axles, brakes, steer­ing and oth­ers) in ex­change for a small re­duc­tion in yearly in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums.

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