CAZ: Just change MOT emis­sions test

Bath Chronicle - - OPINION -

If the Gov­ern­ment is con­cerned about emis­sion stan­dards and the clean air zone re­ally isn’t a stealth tax to boost the cof­fers of coun­cils, why not amend the MOT emis­sion test to the new re­quired stan­dard. This way not only do the cities get cleaner air, but so will the towns and vil­lages that will in­evitably have to cope the traf­fic look­ing for al­ter­na­tive routes or who sud­denly en­counter an in­flux of new, dis­placed shop­pers. Why should the owner of a 15-year-old car that is in per­fect con­di­tion with say only 35,000 miles on the clock that eas­ily passes the MOT test, be treated worse than the owner of a ten-year-old car with 85,000 miles on the clock that barely gets through the MOT. The lat­ter is the prob­lem not the for­mer. Dare I say this is not a case of in­no­cent un­til proven guilty; not even guilty un­til proved in­no­cent ...just guilty without trial or test. Stan Frith Bath

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