Allowing 'Modified' Cars on the Road in the European Union

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Allowing 'modified' cars on the road in the European Union One of the hardest-fought controversies in the European Union today surrounds the standardization of requirements for consumer goods. Regarding this issue as it pertains to cars, this debate has proven to be particularly heated. Different nations have different safety standards, driving habits, and manufacturing requirements. These prerequisites must be taken into account when creating a standardized format for EU regulations. Now, "the European Commission is drawing up plans for a 'roadworthiness test' which would mean that all components had to conform to those which were on the car when it was first registered" (Millward). The purpose of the test is to ensure that modifications do not result in compromises to safety or environmental sustainability. Ultimately, the phrasing of the law is written so restrictive and cumbersome it is more detrimental than helpful to consumers. The first objection raised by automotive industry professionals to the recent EU proposal regarding modified cars was that it would unfairly penalize owners of classic cars. Aficionados of classic cars call their beloved vehicles pieces of living history. Even responsible owners wishing to modify their cars to adhere to the current standards, would effectively be penalized. The focus of the EU on classic cars seems strange: classic cars make up only a small portion of vehicles on the road, tend to be 'second' vehicles, and are often

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