Q What is your take on the EU Road­wor­thi­ness Di­rec­tive? Does your party be­lieve that tax­ex­empt cars should also be MoT-ex­empt?

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -


‘Labour sup­ports the EU Road­wor­thi­ness Di­rec­tive, as it is a sen­si­ble up­dat­ing of rules and stan­dards for mo­tor ve­hi­cles on our roads. With the vol­ume of cross-bor­der traf­fic across Europe th­ese days it is vi­tal that all ve­hi­cles are sub­ject to the same stan­dards when it comes to road wor­thi­ness to en­sure the high­est lev­els of safety.’


‘Keep­ing peo­ple safe on the road is an im­por­tant duty of gov­ern­ment. That means im­prov­ing the qual­ity of our roads and tack­ling dan­ger­ous driv­ing, but also mak­ing sure that ve­hi­cles are in good, road­wor­thy con­di­tion. Im­ple­ment­ing the Euro­pean Road­wor­thi­ness Di­rec­tive gives us the op­tion of ex­empt­ing more clas­sic cars from the re­quire­ment of an­nual MoTs, by mak­ing them vol­un­tary for those reg­is­tered be­fore 1977. We be­lieve in an ev­i­dence-based ap­proach to this de­ci­sion, which bal­ances safety con­cerns against the ben­e­fits of re­duc­ing red tape on clas­sic car own­ers. Own­ers of clas­sic cars tend to keep them in good con­di­tion: those reg­is­tered more than 40 years ago are less likely to fail their MoTs than newer ve­hi­cles, and they are in­volved in a rel­a­tively small pro­por­tion of ac­ci­dents.’


‘Tax ex­empt cars in­clude new zero emis­sion ve­hi­cles and it is right that cars used on the roads go through a road wor­thi­ness test to as­sure safety. How­ever, any road­wor­thi­ness test should be rel­e­vant to the age and class of ve­hi­cle tested which would make the test rel­e­vant to clas­sic and his­toric ve­hi­cles. We would also look to make this test bi­en­nial or ev­ery two years. We would not sup­port any Euro­pean Union in­ter­fer­ence in the road wor­thi­ness test­ing of cars in the United King­dom as this is a de­ci­sion for the UK and not ex­ter­nal bod­ies.’

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