HC Deb 07 July 1965 vol 715 c240W
85. Mr. Weitzman

asked the Minister of Transport how many cars have been imported from abroad during the past five years which are not subject to an annual test.

Mr. Tom Fraser

I regret that this information is not available.

86. Mr. Weitzman

asked the Minister of Transport why cars imported from abroad and not previously registered in this country are registered here as if they were new vehicles and are therefore, despite their age, not subject to any test for roadworthiness; and what action he will take having regard to the danger which might arise from the use of such vehicles on United Kingdom roads.

Mr. Tom Fraser

The first registration of a motor vehicle is not related to its age but to the date when it is first put into use on public roads in this country. This applies equally to imported used cars, for which the date of first registration in the country of origin could not readily be established in every case. There are not many of them and, in the absence of any evidence that they constitute a particular danger, I do not propose to change the law, as would be necessary.

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