Est 2006 Last updated 16.8.22
GOVERNMENTS VIEW ON MODERNISING VEHICLE STANDARDS
Government Confirms That Anti Tampering Proposals Will Not Be Retrospective
Minister says that measures will be limited to environmental aspects and autonomous driver software systems on new and future vehicles, with heritage and sports vehicles, plus customisation protected.
Parliament has debated a petition (25th April 2022), which opposes potential new regulations against so called vehicle ‘anti tampering. The petition; ‘Do not implement proposed new offences for vehicle “tampering”’ was tabled by Gareth James and attracted more than 115,000 signatures making it eligible for a parliamentary debate.
The original proposals were revealed in a consultation on ‘The Future of Transport Regulatory Review – Modernising Vehicle Standards‘ during 2021.
This consultation proved to be highly controversial, generating wide attention in the motorcycle world and the media, given how the wording in the consultation was interpreted by the wider public. It was worded in such a way that suggests that all types of modifications of motorcycles will be outlawed. It also went further by proposing to outlaw the marketing, promotion and sale of ‘tampering services or products’. The National Motorcyclists Council (NMC) and other motorcycling organisations responded to the consultation, rejecting the proposals and called on the government to clarify, in detail, what it means by ‘tampering’.
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A Bill to scrap the EU’s ‘Vnuk’ motor insurance law passed through Parliament yesterday (Monday 25th April). MAG Chair Neil Liversidge is delighted that an issue he first flagged in February 2015 has finally been laid to rest.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has stated that the bill has sacked this “nonsensical EU rule”. Vnuk would have increased insurance premiums in the UK by an average of £50 and potentially caused the collapse of the motorsports sector.
The Bill – introduced to Parliament by Peter Bone MP – scraps (in the UK) the EU ruling making motor insurance compulsory for vehicles being used on private land, as well as potentially a greater range of vehicles including those used in motorsports, agricultural machinery and light electric vehicles.
Vnuk would have also covered motorsports collisions potentially involving vehicles from go-karting to Formula One, which would have been treated as regular road traffic incidents requiring insurance.
Neil Liversidge said:
“MAG was first to identify VNUK as a serious threat to motorcyclists, and especially to ‘off-roaders’. We are glad to see that our campaigning has paid off, with a result made possible by the Government’s greater freedom of action following Brexit.”
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