New regulations could ban cars under safety recall from the road

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Firefighters extinguish a Vauxhall Zafira which caught light near a level crossing in Manor Road, south west London.

Plans outlined by the Transport Select Committee could see vehicles banned from the road if owners do not have safety issues voluntarily fixed. The proposal was raised after a new report into the much-publicised Vauxhall Zafira fire scandal, which saw vehicles in a potentially life-risking condition allowed to continue with regular driving.

Vauxhall was criticised by the Transport Select Committee for not issuing a total recall of the affected models. Instead, drivers were issued with a voluntary recall notice with the expectation that they'd take their cars into a local dealer for a free repair. But this doesn't always happen - in the case of Vauxhall, or indeed many other safety recalls.