i have just been lookin on a scooby website and came across this...........
Does anybody know anything about the forthcoming revised / increased / stricter and more draconian new EU MOT regulations about to hit us all on 1 January 2012 ?
I am deeply concerned. I want to make my standard 2000 WRX quicker but it would seem that anything I do to it is likely to fall foul of the EU's new dictatorial 'trendy' "let's pretend to save the planet with all your taxes" ideology.
The following comes from website Stricter MOT test from 2012 - Association of Car Enthusiasts (ACE)
Implicationsfor modified vehicles
New areas specifically affecting modified cars include:
HID headlamps and bulb incompatibility,
Wiring condition and, possibly of greater concern
Mudguards(wings), spray suppression devices.
(a)Missing,loose or badly corroded
(b)Insufficient clearance to road wheel
(c) Not inaccordance with the requirements.
(a) Control unit illegally modified.
(b) Illegal engine modifications.
Currently we do not have a list of illegal engine tuning parts in this country but the EC is looking at restrictions across the board, particularly as OEM are pressing against tuning of their ECU software, maintaining that it is their property, regardless of the vehicles sale.
Obviouslyany ban on tuning would negatively affect not only our hobby but also a vast range of aftermarket suppliers who still seem to be ignoring the possible consequences of any new legislation.
After liasingwith ETO (European Tuners Organisation) there is every possibility that any initial laws will be aimed at cars which use an 'Emissions' based tax system.
As the system is based also on economy it may be that wider wheels,increasing rolling resistance and other mods that affect weight or aerodynamics fall foul of the regulations
We need to raise awareness of this legislation, so please ask any supplier you speak with if they are aware of the issue and what action they are taking.
Personally, I think Britain desperately needs to get out of the EU. There are political parties out there that would do that - but they're none of Lib/Lab/Con. But that is another story........
Does anybody have inside information yet ? Because this could adversely affect all of us)
could do with findin out more about this befor i go get a new car?