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Vehicle spot tests plan opposed

Draconian new legislation for roadside inspections of vehicles could end up hammering Northern Ireland’s small businesses and farmers, according to Stormont's Environment Committee.

It is calling for a House of Lords committee to support its objection to proposed EU-wide laws for testing roadworthiness of vehicles.

The controversial legislation will mean stricter testing for all vehicles and will require them to be maintained with parts by the original manufacturer.

The laws will also extend to all trailers including caravans, to agricultural tractors capable of travelling at more than 40 kilometres per hour, and also light commercial vehicles.

Committee chair Anna Lo said: “There is insufficient justification for the introduction of this legislation.

“These proposals are at an early stage of their passage through the European legislative system but that is why the Committee is acting now.”

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