Is this the end for the three-spoke alloy wheel?

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Forthcoming changes to the MOT test could signal the end for the hideous three-spoke alloy wheel. But don't worry, Saab fans, your cars will be exempt.

Forthcoming changes to the MOT test could spell an end for the three-spoke alloy wheel. Under the planned new Style and Decency section of the annual MOT test, three-spoke alloy wheels could be driven off the road, with any car wearing them receiving an instant failure notice.

This is bad news for motorists with poor taste, but excellent news for the rest of us who have been forced to live with the terrible spectacle for far too many years.

3-spoke alloys Suzuki Vitara

The news comes as the Department for Transport seeks to rid the streets of horrendous aftermarket modifications and to save carmakers from further embarrassment. The likes of Ford, Vauxhall and Suzuki – three of the worst offenders – are said to welcome the changes which should come into force in 2015.

In a telex issued by the Department for Transport, Doug Downes told PetrolBlog:

“The MOT test looks at a car's roadworthiness, but it's time it was revamped to take into account matters of common decency, too. The three-spoke alloy wheel is a lesson in bad taste, so any car arriving at a testing station rocking the three-spoke look will receive an instant failure notice, with the owner given a free Specsavers eye test voucher.”

3-spoke alloys Ford Probe

It is thought that the Style and Decency section will also include the likes of Lexus-style rear lights, local radio station stickers and aftermarket badges. Rumours that the Chrysler PT Cruiser will also fall foul of the new legislation have yet to be confirmed, but an online petition supporting the move attracted more than 17,000 votes.

Not everyone is in favour of the new measures, with online forums buzzing with heated arguments and plentiful use of angry-faced emoticons. One member of the Crazy Cool Customised Corsa Club (CCCCC) was especially enraged. Known only by his forum name of 3spoke3threesomethe member told PetrolBlog:

“I'm especially enraged.”

It's not entirely clear if and when the new Style and Decency section of the MOT test will come into force, but reports from inside the Bentley factory in Crewe suggest the British firm is monitoring developments with a view to a radical rethink of the design of the new EXP 9 F SUV.

The news is more positive for Saab drivers, as PetrolBlog understands the 900, 9000 and possibly the 9-5 will be exempt from the new three-spoke alloy wheel legislation. In a rare display of common sense, the Department for Transport has accepted the fact that Saab is arguably the only manufacturer to successfully pull off the three-spoke look.

3-spoke alloys Saab 900 Turbo

At their monthly 'Natter and Noggin' in Kilmarnock, members of the Saabs Are Great (Ayrshire) – or SAGA for short – raised a toast to the Department for Transport, before continuing their lengthy and fascinating discussion on why the 900's glovebox door never quite fitted.

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