ROAD TRAFFIC: THE MOTOR VEHICLES (CONSTRUCTION AND USE) REGULATIONS 1973

These regulations, which govern the construction and use of motor vehicles, consolidate the motor vehicles (construction and use) regulations 1969 and the amending pegulations set out in schedule 1 to these regulations with, in general, minor and drafting amendments. Accordingly they include the subsequent changes made to the 1969 regulations, which relate mainly to the fitting of burst proof door latches and hinges (regulation 15) and energy absorbing steering columns (regulation 16), further requirements for seat belts (regulation 17), metallic fuel tanks (regulation 19), prohibition of the fitting to new vehicles of musical and multi-tone horns (regulation 27), radio interference suppression equipment(regulation 30), control of emissions of gaseous pollutants (regulations 33 and 33a), control of emissions from diesel engines (regulation 34), minimum power to weight ratio (regulations 40 and 41), axle spacings relevant to laden weight (regulations 83 to 87), additional weight restrictions(regulation 89), more specific restrictions regarding the fitting of tyres (regulation 100) together with several other minor changes. The principal change effected by these regulations in the changeover from imperial to metric units for all measurements other than those of speed. Other changes include the following. The definition of "gangway" has been slightly amended (regulation 3(1)); the conditions under which trailers from abroad temporarily visiting Great Britain are exempt from certain of the regulations have been slightly amended (regulation 4(7)); certain exemptions are given to motor vehicles which have been zero rated for value added tax purposes (regulation 4(8) and 17(2)(h); reference has been made in regulation 17 to the revised British standards on BS AU 48A); regulation 78(1) (laden weights) has been applied to motor cars which are public service vehicles; the definition of "ministry plate" has been revised in regulation 138; schedule 2, part III, paragraph 3 has been amended to make it clear that tyres are to be taken into account in determining weights entered on plates required under regulation 39 of these regulations; the table of maximum weights for closely spaced axles in schedule 7, part IV has been extended and the ministry plate set out in schedule II has been slightly altered. The arrangement of the regulations is as follows:- part I - preliminary; part II - regulations governing the construction weight and equipment of motor vehicles and trailers; part III - regulations governing the use on roads of motor vehicles and trailers; part IV - testing and inspection of brakes, silencers, steering gear, tyres, lighting equipment and reflections; part V - regulations relating to vehicles for which plating certificates have been issued. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Her Majesty Stationary Office

    49 High Holborn
    London WC1V 6HB,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1973

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 113 p.
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096746
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Standard
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM