The proposal doesn’t state that kits will simply have to pass the bet test for 92 and newer engines, as I read it. I read it as all new kit cars will be tested on the current (at the time of registration) mot rules when they are three years old.
4.11 We are proposing that for kit cars, compliance with the MOT emissions standards current at the date of registration will be required, despite the use of an older engine. In other words the current relaxation for emissions according to the age of the engine will no longer apply.
I’ve just found the clarification and I still think the same. If I am getting this wrong could someone please explain. Because the way I see the clarification is that Peter Bailey has taken Mike Lowe’s answer to mean that all a kit would need to pass the mot is a cat. I don’t think it’s going to be that simple as the emissions become tighter and tighter (as they will) hence my comment to get a partially built car registered asap. Because you won’t be able to mot it on the age of the engine, if the proposal goes ahead, as you can now.
Peter Bailey of the Chesil Motor Company has now had clarification from Mike Lowe, Acting Head of Branch, Regulation, International Vehicle Standards. Mike Lowe says: “The change proposed is to treat kit cars as having a new engine and thus subjected to the MOT standards applicable to new vehicles (once they reach 3 years old). This is a test with a vehicle idling (for petrol).”
Our understanding is that this would mean all newly registered kit cars would have to meet the requirements for production cars registered from 1992 onwards, this being a Basic Emissions Test (BET) requiring a catalytic converter.