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An in­de­pen­dent MoT train­ing cam­paign has high­lighted the need for sen­si­tive han­dling of his­toric ve­hi­cles – what­ever the out­come of the road­wor­thi­ness test­ing con­sul­ta­tion. With the Depart­ment for Trans­port (DfT) said to pre­fer a rolling 40-year ex­emp­tion for what it terms ‘Ve­hi­cles of His­toric In­ter­est’ ( VHI), MoT testers will need to be re­trained to make sure they’re test­ing the right items on ve­hi­cles. The MoT con­sul­ta­tion, which laid out five op­tions for the fu­ture of VHI road­wor­thi­ness test­ing (see be­low) closed on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 2.

An­nual train­ing is ad­min­is­tered by the Driver and Ve­hi­cle Stan­dards Agency (DVSA); and if the re­sults of this year’s class­room ses­sions are any­thing to go by, it will need to make sure its syl­labus is up to scratch should the op­tion for age-re­lated MoT test­ing be cho­sen.

The In­de­pen­dent Garage As­so­ci­a­tion (IGA) re­cently pub­lished con­cerns that fewer garages were com­plet­ing manda­tory DVSA train­ing al­low­ing them to con­tinue test­ing ve­hi­cles un­der cur­rent MoT rules. The cur­rent round of train­ing for the DVSA 2016/2017 syl­labus (sched­uled to change again for 2017/2018 af­ter the MoT has changed to re­flect the new Road­wor­thi­ness Test­ing Di­rec­tive) has to be com­pleted by Fri­day, March 31.

To that end, the IGA re­cently launched a train­ing cam­paign to re­mind MoT testers of course changes. Com­ment­ing on low at­ten­dance and pass rates, IGA di­rec­tor Stu­art James com­mented: “We are led to be­lieve that the num­ber of garages who will meet the Fri­day, March 31 dead­line is lower than an­tic­i­pated. Time is run­ning out and this train­ing which is man­dated by the DVSA needs to be com­pleted. The IGA has sched­uled these UK-wide events to en­sure that MoT garages do not leave them­selves vul­ner­a­ble to sanc­tions for non-com­pli­ance.”

Whether tested fully, by cer­ti­fi­ca­tion or even vol­un­tar­ily,

Clas­sics Mon­thy would like MoT sta­tions to be fully briefed on the needs of VHIs when MoT re­quire­ments change. Re­gard­less of the out­come of the MoT con­sul­ta­tion, we need to keep as many his­toric ve­hi­cles on the road as pos­si­ble.

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