It is proposed that caravans weighing over 750kg would have to go for the regular MOT style tests. This would mean that all but the very smallest would need the test. The two big caravan clubs are concerned that plans by the European Union to have MOT tests for caravans could damage the UK’s caravan industry.
I’m not so sure how implementing such a basic safety requirement could damage the industry. Yes it might mean it makes the hobby too expensive for some, so maybe the big clubs are more worried about their bottom line (membership payments and campsite bookings) rather than general road safety.
Jacqueline Foster MEP, a spokesman for Transport and Tourism in the European Parliament, said: “I have spent many months objecting to the inclusion of caravans in this proposed regulation. I believe it to be pointless and it would contribute nothing to improve road safety.
If she believes that an MOT on the estimated 510,000 caravans that are dragged around the country most without a brake service between decades will add nothing to road safety then she is seriously deluded!