WHAT ARE THE ROADWORTHINESS PROPOSALS?
The EU’s Roadworthiness Directive, which will abolish the current MoT regime and replace it with a new testing regime, must be implemented in Britain by May 2018. However, it’s up to the UK Government how it happens.
The FBHVC and the All Party Historic Vehicle Group – which are keen to ensure ‘no safe and roadworthy historic vehicle’ is banned from being used as a result, has proposed a system where vehicles that reach tax-exempt status are also exempted from roadworthiness testing, similar to the arrangement brought in three years ago for pre-1960 cars.
If it were brought in tomorrow it would affect around 645,000 historic vehicles.
However, if the FBHVC’s eventual aim of recognising historic vehicles older than 30 years is eventually achieved, that number would swell significantly to around 970,000 vehicles.