James Sunderland questions Government on proposed legislation on vehicle modifications

James Sunderland calls on the Government to ensure that it protects legitimate engine tuning activities, the classic and prestige car markets and motor sports industries when considering forthcoming proposals to legislate on vehicle modifications.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

T5. I am aware that the Government are about to legislate on vehicle modifications for reasons of road safety. Can the Minister please reassure me that this will not unduly affect our legitimate engine tuning activities, our buoyant classic and prestige car markets and also our world-leading motor sports industries, all of which are pivotal for sustaining many thousands of jobs. (904006)

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Trudy Harrison)

I can assure my hon. Friend that our intention for this consultation is to prevent modifications that negatively impact on road safety, vehicle security and the environment. Department for Transport officials have been instructed to ensure that proposals do not prevent activities such as restoration, repairs or legitimate improvements to classic cars, or do any damage to the motor sports businesses involved in these activities. Motor sport is an important sector for society, our economy and our heritage and I thank my hon. Friend for all that he does in championing this important area, as he is a fantastic advocate.