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Kit Car MOT Emissions

There have been lots of discussion recently regarding potential changes to the MOT emissions regulations affecting kit car builders and owners. I was initially very concerned about this as both myself and my Dad have just purchased brand new Zetec engines to install in our kit cars. I have since been in correspondence with the Vehicle Inspectorate to clarify the situation.

The outcome of this correspondence is:

  • The MOT emissions criteria is unchanged (ie for kit cars and amateur built vehicles, it is still a visual smoke test only)
  • The emissions chapter in the MOT manual has been updated with flow charts to help the tester apply the correct criteria.

This has also been confirmed by the staff at the MOTUK web site.

Copies of the correspondence are below.


From: Paul Toyne
To: enquiries@via.gov.uk (this was also sent to the MOTUK web site)
Subject: Kit car MOT emissions query
Sent: Wed 15/01/2003 12:37

Dear Sir,

I have a kit car and have recently heard rumours of the emissions test having changed for such cars.

The car is a Tiger (Lotus 7 style 2 seater) which passed SVA and was registered in 2001. The main donor vehicle was a 1989 F registered Ford Sierra, but the engine was an April 1995 built Ford Zetec, hence it was tested to the emissions requirements of 1200 HC PPM and 3.5% CO at SVA.

The V5 for the car states that it was registered in 2001, but the notes show that it was:

  • REGISTERED AND/OR USED.
  • DECLARED MANUFACTURED 1989.

Its MOT has currently expired as it is currently off the road for fitment of a brand new Ford Zetec engine I have purchased due to starting to experience problems with the previous engine.

This is a concern for me if I now have to comply with the current emissions regulations as I will then have to purchase and install injection and a catalytic converter system.

Please can you clarify what date would be used for the emissions regulations and also the emissions requirements the car will be required to comply with at is MOT test.

Many thanks for your time.

Paul Toyne


From: enquiries@via.gov.uk
To: Paul Toyne
Subject: RE: Kit car MOT emissions query
Sent: Fri 17/01/2003 08:59

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Thank you for your e-mail.

At the time of MoT test the emisions test is carried out to the age of the engine.

If the engine age differs from the vehicle age then you need to provide proof of engine age to the tester.

I hope this information is useful, if I can be of further help please contact me.

Regards


From: Paul Toyne
To: enquiries@via.gov.uk
Subject: RE: Kit car MOT emissions query
Sent: Fri 17/01/2003 16:40

Dear Sir,

Sorry for all of the questions I am sending you. However, as you may gather I am very concerned, having just spent £1500 on a new engine which gives far lower emissions than the one I have replaced, and now have the prospect of spending around another £2500 on injection and a catalytic convertor system to be able to comply with changed emissions regulations.

At my SVA, I was tested to the emissions regulations from the date of engine manufacture which was April 1995 (3.5% CO and 1200 HC PPM) I was also told by an SVA tester, and shown in the MOT regulations at the time (April 2002), that the emissions test for Kit Cars was a visual smoke test only.

Please correct me if I am wrong, but my understanding is that the rules for the MOT emissions test have changed some time between April 2002 and now. Does this mean that these are now being applied retrospectively for all vehicles, or is this change only applicable to kit cars, in which case shouldn't I only be tested to the same regulations I had to comply with at my SVA, notably 3.5% CO and 1200 HC PPM?

If the rules have changed, please could you forward details of these new emissions regulations to me so I can understand what I need to do to comply with these new regulations as I want to ensure I am acting legally, but cannot afford just to throw money at the problem to solve it?

Many thanks for your time answering my questions.

Paul Toyne


From: Peter Lunn
To: Paul Toyne
Subject: RE: Kit car MOT emissions query
Sent: Tue 21/01/2003 16:47

Dear Mr Toyne,

I am unfamiliar with your specific case, however I will try to clarify the situation or you. The current emissions criteria is unchanged, however the manual section has been upgraded with flow charts for ease of understanding. There is specific differences between the MOT and SVA scheme emissions criteria's. From what you say, it does seem quite possible that the situation you detail may arise. If this is insufficient and you wish to send more details, please feel free to do so and I will check further in to your specific case.

Regards

Peter Lunn

SVA technical Officer


From: Paul Toyne
To: Peter Lunn
Subject: RE: Kit car MOT emissions query
Sent: Wed 22/01/2003 16:40

Dear Peter,

Many thanks for your reply.

I would just like to confirm that what you are saying is that as the MOT emissions criteria is unchanged, kit cars and amateur built vehicles are still tested to a visual smoke test only at their MOT as stated in the 'box' on the bottom right hand corner of the page titled

  • "Exhaust Emissions - Spark Ignition - non CAT Test 6.4"

From the August 2001 regulations.

Thank you for your help.

Paul


From: Peter Lunn
To: Paul Toyne
Subject: RE: Kit car MOT emissions query
Sent: Wed 29/01/2003 11:34

Dear Mr Toyne,

Unfortunately, I am not in a position to give definitive advice on MOT policy, I can only advise you fully on SVA.

However from the MOT Inspection manual we have, this would definately appear to be the case.

Hope this helps,

Regards

Peter Lunn


MOT Emissions Regulations Page

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