Fears that a new EU proposal could potentially outlaw modified cars and put an end to aftermarket performance parts are being taken with a pinch of salt by others.

The proposal, billed as a ‘roadworthiness package’ aims to eradicate dangerous and un-roadworthy vehicles by forcing vehicles to comply with the standards they had when they were type approved.

One interpretation of the legislation means the bill could make aftermarket performance parts, upgraded components and non-OE units illegal.

Both the IAAF and IGA are urging members of the trade to keep calm and are consulting with the government on the exact meaning of the proposal. The IGA’s Stuart James says the bill needs to have clearer definitions: “To be able to draw up a set of guidelines like this they [the EU] need to define what a modification is so that the MOT tester can identify modified parts on the vehicle. How would they get that information prior to inspecting the vehicle?”

Meanwhile motorists have taken to Internet forums to voice their concerns. Several online e-petitions have already been set up by performance enthusiasts and modified car owners to stop the proposal.

What does this mean for the trade? Leave your comments below.

Read more about this story in the September edition of CAT Magazine.

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