RE­MOV­ING ANTI-POL­LU­TION SYS­TEMS

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Catalytic Converters & Dpfs -

As it is il­le­gal for any mo­tor ve­hi­cle to be mod­i­fied in a way that it can no longer meet the emis­sions stan­dards set when it was new (as en­shrined in the Road Ve­hi­cles Con­struc­tion and Use Reg­u­la­tion 61A), you can be pros­e­cuted for driv­ing a car on the road with any parts of its anti-pol­lu­tion sys­tems dis­abled. This in­cludes the DPF, the cat­alytic con­verter and EGR valves. Even if the car passes its MOT, this does not sanc­tion any il­le­gal al­ter­ations.

Cer­tain garages and tun­ing busi­nesses still of­fer EGR and DPF re­moval ser­vices, for ex­am­ple, and some de­trac­tors have claimed that it is le­gal for the op­er­a­tion to be car­ried out, de­spite con­trary state­ments made in Sec­tion 42 of the Road Traf­fic Act, ref­er­enc­ing breaches of Con­struc­tion and Use and Reg­u­la­tion 61.5(b) of the Road Ve­hi­cles (Con­struc­tion and Use) Reg­u­la­tions 1986.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to fol­low any fu­ture judge­ments on this is­sue to see if any trader is taken to court. Re­gard­less, we ad­vise you not re­move any emis­sions con­trol equip­ment and strive to keep the orig­i­nal equip­ment

in good work­ing or­der.

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