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Government fights EU plans for a "caravan MOT"

Date: 12/08/2013 10:55:24
Category: Caravan and motorhome tracking
Author: David Howells

The government has come out against EU proposals to make it compulsory for caravans to be put through an MOT-style test, standard.co.uk reports.

Under new plans, any caravan that weighed 750kg or more would need to be put through a roadworthiness test similar to that of the current vehicle MOT. As a result of the weight stipulation, only the smallest two-berth caravans wouldn't be affected, whilst the remainder would need testing. In the UK alone, the total is expected to be around 510,000 caravans that would go in for annual checks.

In light of the announcement, the British government has said it will fight the proposals and has been offered the backing of the Caravan Club, which also voiced its disapproval. It has been claimed that having to put caravans through MOT-style tests would put unnecessary obstacles in the public's way and discourage them from taking holidays in the UK.

Last year the government looked into a caravan and trailer registration scheme but decided against going ahead after realising it would cost £239 million to implement. Instead, owners wanting greater security for their holiday homes may look at caravan tracking systems that work in a similar way to the widely-used car versions.

Commenting, a spokesperson for the Caravan Club told bbc.co.uk: "The club will always support practical and effective measures aimed at improving road safety.

"In this case, however, we believe the proposals are not supported by clear evidence that they will address a genuine concern, nor that the practical and economic challenges of implementing them have been sufficiently considered. It is therefore likely that the proposals would not deliver a desirable benefit to cost return."

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