MTA Supports Common Sense Decision on Vehicle Marking
The scheme had been scheduled for implementation by the previous government as an added prevention measure against car theft.
“MTA had consistently argued that this was never going to be a ‘goer’, “said MTA communications manager, Andy Cuming.
“Added costs for motorists far outweighed any additional security benefits that WOVM could provide.
“Modern automotive technology has now provided car owners in virtually all cases with engine immobilising security features fitted as standard, sharply reducing the number of thefts.”
Andy Cuming said that such now well-established technology takes out the need for added measures.
“Our estimation is that by 2012 only 10 percent of imported vehicles will not have immobilisers.
“For that reason we would not favour restricting the import of cars without immobilisers as part of a new Land Transport Rule which would be two years away anyway.
“In the meantime, insurance companies are promoting the fitting of ‘after-market’ immobilisers, and providing car-owners with worthwhile incentives to do so.
“In our opinion, car-owners can have their security concerns covered very effectively,” he said.