You’ve probably heard by now of the Department for Transport’s plans to ban tampering, of any kind, to road vehicles. That includes bikes, cars,... Anti-tampering Regs | The Government’s Response

You’ve probably heard by now of the Department for Transport’s plans to ban tampering, of any kind, to road vehicles. That includes bikes, cars, vans, trucks, everything. Quite a lot of people have been getting pretty upset about it, and for good reason. Now though, in response to a petition signed by over 100,000 people to stop them implementing the new anti-tampering regs, they’ve started back-peddling.

As part of the D of T’s ‘Future of Transport’ review, the proposals were to ban any kind of ‘tampering’ with ‘a system, part or component, of a vehicle intended or adapted to be used on a road’. In short, the government said they wanted us to stop us modifying our bikes with aftermarket parts.

So let’s briefly examine why people are so upset about it. In the original proposal it seemed fairly clear cut; you WILL NOT modify your vehicle in any way. That’s nonsense. What happens when you need new brake pads? Can you only use original parts (that are double the price, if not more)?

And what about the thousands of people that are employed in the aftermarket parts industry? They’d all lose their jobs.

And the notion that any type of modification to a vehicle automatically makes it more dangerous is, frankly, ludicrous. You might decide to fit some better headlights, making it easier for you to see, and be seen. Better brakes, more appropriate tyres, the list goes on.

Obviously there was going to be uproar. Well, I say uproar; there was a lot of angry social media posts, and a bloke called Gareth James set a petition up.

Sign here…

The idea behind the official government petitions is to help us peasants have a say in how our country’s run. Anyone can set one up on the government website, and if you get 10,000 signatures, the government have to give you a response. If you get 100,000 signatures, the issue will be ‘considered for debate in parliament’. Note, that doesn’t mean they will be debated in parliament.

Anyway, Gareth James’ petition about the proposed anti-tampering regs is currently on 109,100 signatures. You can view it and sign it here. That means it will be considered for debate. It also means the government have had to make a response, and they have.

And in all fairness, it’s righted a few wrongs that flawed the original proposal. In the statement from the Department for Transport, they said that their intention was to “target and prevent harmful tampering”, and that they are “not proposing that all modifications be prevented”. Which, if you ask me, is good news.

The general message was summed up in their following sentence,  “Our proposals are not intended to hinder activities such as motorsports, restoration, repairs, or legitimate improvements and alterations to vehicles”.

You’ve got issues

Dave Davidson Industry Insider

I think the issue here is that although the initial proposals were probably well-intended, they were written by people who are obviously a little bit out of touch. Written by people who don’t understand that motoring, or motorcycling, for some people isn’t just about getting from A to B. It’s a passion, and because of that, there is a massive aftermarket industry.

They also don’t realise that most people don’t get a new company car every six months, and that 90% of people with a vehicle outside it’s manufacturers warrantee period wouldn’t maintain or repair it with genuine parts, because they are too bloody expensive.

Unfortunately, it seems as though it’s another example of the people making the rules, and writing the laws, not really living in the real world.

I understand and agree that there has to be some sort of control on vehicle modifications. And as certain vehicles become more automated (and therefore complicated), you can’t have every Tom, Dick and Harry faffing around with their motors on their driveways. But a blanket ban of ‘tampering‘ of any kind is absolutely bonkers, and it would never work.

So if these anti-tampering regs have got you all hot under the collar, I wouldn’t worry about it. They only announced it a few months ago, and they’re already taking backword, so I can’t see it coming to much. Having said that, I have been wrong before.


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4 months ago

thoroughly enjoying your articles Boothy, very well written. keep ’em coming.

in regards to this article, i always think, what do they stand to lose? if they have nothing to lose then they will continue regardless. i can only imagine what the Chancellor would say about the department for transport potentially slashing the income tax and VAT budget by millions. the amount of tax and VAT that the modified car and bike scene brings in must be extraordinary. in these difficult times, taking away a significant amount of income would be political suicide.

Newton Perry
Newton Perry
4 months ago

The gov response here is total lies and rubbish , they want total vehicle control and these measures are part of a wider set of plans they have and this particular law will support their current law recently passed forcing manufacturers to place speed limiters on all vehicles , this will be far worse when electric vehicles are the majority , if they take away your ability to tamper with your own car the. You can’t switch off their control mechanisms wether it’s your car or not , that is the reason for this and nothing to do with safety or emissions they are total liars and can’t be trusted don’t give them the power

4 months ago

I say it’ll be reet calm ya tits

Matt Wardle
4 months ago

Aftermarket garden party’s are ok 👍🏻

Hayden Kearns
Hayden Kearns
4 months ago
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4 months ago

Thank f##k for that! Let’s hope it all just goes away.