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