Memorandum by the
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
2000 (S.I. 2000/1432)
1. At its meeting on 27th
June 2000, the Committee requested a Memorandum about this instrument
on the following point:
"Given the many
amendments to the principal Regulations of 1981, indicate when
a consolidation may be expected."
2. The principal Regulations
of 1981 make provision for certain motor vehicles to be examined
by persons authorised by the Secretary of State and for test certificates
to be issued for vehicles that are found to meet certain requirements.
This is commonly known as the MOT Testing Scheme and it is administered
by the Vehicle Inspectorate which is an executive agency of the
3. Not only is there a comprehensive
administrative structure which supports the Regulations but also
the large number of amendments belies the fact that a great many
of them have only dealt with periodic changes in fees.
4. The Department is not
aware that the current state of the 1981 Regulations is causing
any difficulty in practice. Even so the Department has for some
time been conscious of the fact that the Regulations are becoming
5. During the Parliamentary
stages of what is now the Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Act 1999
reference was made to the MOT computerisation project being undertaken
by the Vehicle Inspectorate. Although the 1999 Act is not effectively
in force yet the project is underway and will in due course necessitate
further amendments to the 1981 Regulations.
6. As the implementation
of computerisation will result in fundamental changes to the way
in which the MOT Testing Scheme will be conducted, the Department
consider that this would be an appropriate point to consolidate
the 1981 Regulations.
7. The Department anticipates
that it should be in a position to consolidate the 1981 Regulations
in conjunction with the roll-out of MOT computerisation but hopes
that in the meantime the Committee will accept the need for several
further amendments to be made to the Regulations as they now stand.
3rd July 2000