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West Midlands MEP battles EU caravan 'MoTs' proposal
11:20am Sunday 15th September 2013 in Local
WEST Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire says she has been inundated with emails from people concerned about potential MoT-style testing for caravans.
In May, the European Parliament's transport and tourism committee approved draft legislation which, if passed, will require the UK and all other member states to introduce the testing for all caravans above 750kg.
The We Demand a Referendum Now MEP believes it is an issue for the UK Parliament, not the EU Parliament, where she sits.
She said: “I agree with the position of the Caravan Club, and others, that this is, indeed, a flawed proposal. When this matter comes before Parliament, I shall vote against the proposal.
“Road safety is something that concerns us all but this proposed EU legislation is inappropriate and it has other aspects - including the possibility of increased taxation - that make it unacceptable.
“The caravan community needs EU intervention like a fish needs a bicycle. Thus, if changes need to be made, those changes should be taken by our democratically-elected politicians in Westminster, not by faceless bureaucrats in Brussels.”
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