Allowing Modified Cars on Road in the European Union

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Allowing 'modified' cars on the road in the European Union: Why banning all modified cars by the EU Ministry of Transportation is unsound One of the hardest-fought controversies in the European Union today is the standardization of requirements for consumer goods. Regarding the standardization of cars, this issue has proven to be particularly challenging. Different nations have different safety standards, driving habits, and manufacturing requirements, all of which must be rendered into a standardized format to meet EU regulations. Now, "the European Commission is drawing up plans for a 'roadworthiness test' which would mean that all components had to conform with those which were on the car when it was first registered" (Millward 2012). The purpose of the test is laudable, namely to ensure that modifications do not result in compromises to safety or environmental sustainability. But ultimately, the way the law is written is so restrictive and cumbersome it is more hurtful than helpful to consumers. The first objection raised to the recent EU proposal regarding modified cars was that it would unfairly penalize owners of classic cars. These cars represent only a small portion of vehicles on the road, tend to be 'second' vehicles, and are often modified by necessity, because of the demands placed upon a vehicle of its age. Calls for exemption were justified by the British transportation authorities "because classic cars were normally lovingly maintained and had a

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