‘Tampering’ driving law proposals ‘ring alarm bells’ for classic car owners

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The UK Government said it wants to prevent “tampering” of road vehicles, citing safety and environmental reasons. Under proposals, it would “create new offences with a system, part or component of a vehicle intended or adapted to be used on a road”.

The Government is currently running a public consultation on Modernising Vehicle Standards.

It is aiming to tackle the issue of tampering with vehicles and allow the Government to address existing gaps in legislation. 

The survey also outlines the plans to create new offences for tampering with non-road mobile machinery (NRMM).

It says this would ensure cleaner and safer vehicles across the country.

Not only would it look to create new offences for tampering with a system, but it would also look to cut down on advertising of such services.

This is being done to help strengthen the Department for Transport’s ability to enforce compliance in this area.

The document reads: “We would look to create a specific offence for supplying, installing and/or advertising, a ‘tampering product’ for a vehicle or NRMM.

“This would apply where a principal effect of the product is to bypass, defeat, reduce the effectiveness of or render inoperative a system, part or component (the product may be a physical part or component, hardware and/or software).

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“A specific offence for removing, reducing the effectiveness of, or rendering inoperative a system, part or component for a vehicle/NRMM and advertising such services.

“A specific offence for allowing for use or providing a vehicle or NRMM that has had the operations described in the previous two points performed on it.

“A new power to require economic operators to provide information, where a service/product they have supplied amounts to or enables ‘tampering’ with a vehicle or NRMM.

“This would apply in any of the above senses and include requirements to provide relevant information on the quantities of products sold or modified.”

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