New 'wild west' road rules could exempt certain UK drivers from MOT tests amid EV push

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Under new "wild west" road rules in the UK, some drivers may not require an MOT test. The Climate Change Committee recently expressed concern over the "worryingly slow" progress the UK is making towards its net zero targets, prompting a government white paper.

The white paper is investigating potential changes to UK roads to encourage more motorists to switch from petrol and diesel to electric vehicles. Osman Boyner, founder of BEDEO in 2009, commented: "The UK was one of the first countries to offer the plug-in car grant, which is now no longer in use."

He added: "Plus the plug-in van grant, which is due to close in 2025 and has significantly reduced from £8,000 (and even up to £16,000 for the N2 category) to £5,000 in that time [from 2012 to now]. The Government also got muddled up by its 2030 to 2035 ban on ICEs and lost a lot of support from SMEs, especially when the cost for them to adopt a new EV (car and van) is nearly 20 per cent more than a diesel equivalent."

The paper warns that emissions will continue to be produced until after 2040 unless cars and vans are converted to cleaner forms of energy. BEDEO suggests that retrofitting vehicles could be the "missing link" to electrification.

Boyner further stated: "The retrofit market is a bit of a 'wild west' at the moment anyone could take a used EV platform, add it to a vehicle and offer it for sale. They do not have to undergo any testing or validation, and if it's for a classic vehicle, no MOT would be needed, either.", reports Birmingham Live.

"Electric retrofit deserves to have its own regulation, terms and conditions to meet before converting a vehicle and putting it on the road, for the sake of other drivers and occupants of the vehicles."