Tesla’s Steering Yoke
Tesla greeted us not so long ago with a refresh of their Model S and Model X vehicles, straight away our eyes stuck to the shape of the new steering wheel.
The Yoke, as its known, is a U shaped steering wheel with buttons to enable you to function the lights, indicators, etc but what many people are asking: Is it legal in the UK?
Is the Yoke Legal?
Driving.co.uk have recently published an article (link below) where they have contacted the DVSA (The Driver and Vehicle Safety Agency) who in-turn referred them to the VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency).
The VCA’s job is to look at mass-produced vehicles, however, they passed this to the DfT (Department for Transport), this department oversears all gencies and their policies. With the emphasis on roads, vehicles and road safety.
Driver.co.uk received a reply from the DfT: “The regulations relating to steering equipment (UN-ECE Regulation 79) does not stipulate any shape or size of the steering wheel,” – This was single sentence response.
Driver.co.uk have concluded that this is good news for Tesla in the UK and effectively means that a device such as a joystick, yoke, handlebar or steering wheel could be used as a steering device.
If you would like to read the article from driver.co.uk on the Steering Yoke, please click the link below:
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