Tests on non-OE components at MOT thwarted

EU wanted 'safety' tests on parts

Published:  19 November, 2014

An attempt to include checks specifically on non-OE components fitted to vehicles as part of the MOT has been blocked by aftermarket industry bodies and lobbying groups.

During the drafting of measures pertaining to the scope of the periodic tests throughout the EU for the Roadworthiness report (Directive 2014/45/EU) which entered into force in May 2014, an obligation was included to "check non-OEM replacement parts or aftersales parts".

The explanation given was: "In case of non-OEM replacement parts or after-sales parts, that largely deviate from the original parts, their impact on the safe use of the vehicle has to be carefully assessed by the inspector. A downgrading of the level of safety of the vehicle shall not be acceptable."

This obligation has now been removed following the efforts of the IAAF and FIGIEFA lobbying to the Commission Directorate General for Transport. They claimed it was 'discriminatory' to the aftermarket and would have set vehicle manufacturers' original parts specifications as the benchmark.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, said: "This is another victory for the independent aftermarket but demonstrates the continuing threat to "lock out" the trade from servicing and repairing vehicles.

"The IAAF will continue to lead the UK's response to such threats and work closely with FIGIEFA to ensure that the rights and choice of both the aftermarket and motorist are protected.

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