The UK exempts historic vehicles from ITV
The UK exempts historic vehicles from ITV

The other day I was reading with great interest a piece of news published by Josep Camós in Motorpasión in which he told us that vehicles registered before 1960 will not have to pass the periodic ITV in the United Kingdom. The reasons argued are that some of these historic vehicles on the one hand would not be able to pass the currently required tests, and on the other it is recognized that the majority of these vehicles are in the hands of collectors and fans who care much more than the ITV that their vehicles remain in perfect condition of use.

Finally Josep reminds us that in Spain the MOT of historic vehicles will be carried out with the frequency indicated by the authority and in the comments they also remember that most historical vehicles do not pass an ITV to useSince there are even cases in which it is even allowed not to use seat belts or to check the slack in the transmission because they would break in the conventional test (to give a couple of examples).

This leads me to do some reflections out loud. Because in Spain, if I bring a vehicle that has only been changed the old shock absorbers for new ones and they find out in the ITV They give me two options, either go back to the old ones or present a project signed by a competent technician, along with a certificate that they have been installed in an approved workshop. With the consequent upheaval that both situations entail. Couldn't I have disassembled and assembled some original shock absorbers a thousand times? And surely those old shock absorbers perform worse than the ones I just installed.

In the world of classic Scooters, which is where I know more people, there are those who carry their motorcycles completely modified and with honorable exceptions, most are modifications that improve braking, suspension or simply reliability from an engine over forty years old. And these same "play" the fun game of disassembling the motorcycle every two years to leave it original, pass the ITV and then return to the "improved" state. Someone from our country thought that to put an end to this it was enough to force that all these transformations had to be included in the technical file of the vehicle and thus the police would have an element of judgment when identifying those fraudulent vehicles. What no one thought is that by making this Anti-Tuning law the bus and truck bodybuilders sector was left out, with which they had to wrap it up and paralyze the application of that rule. To this day I no longer know how the issue is, but I am afraid that it will continue in the limbo of the laws.

Wouldn't it be easier to recognize that some of these transformations are more reliable if they are carried out by someone who knows their vehicle infinitely better than any workshop or MOT? In Europe there are countries where the ITV is not passed and there are no problems with vehicles transformed by their users as long as they are within safety margins, such as using certified materials. Why in Spain do we have to be more papist than the pope? Will we invent a collector's license for historical vehicles to be able to skip this vigilance for the original? Of course, if we do it, it will cost as much or more than the steps of standardizing a transformation through the current administrative channel.

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