‘DROP MoT FOR ALL HIS­TORIC VE­HI­CLES’

That’s what MP head­ing up West­min­ster all-party clas­sics group is call­ing for

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Cars should be ex­empted from the MoT as well as road tax when they reach 40 years old, the head of the clas­sic world’s voice in West­min­ster says. Sir Greg Knight MP ar­gues that the cur­rent sys­tem cre­ates ‘two classes of his­toric ve­hi­cle’ and is urg­ing the Gov­ern­ment to re­con­sider. ‘All ve­hi­cles man­u­fac­tured 40 years ago should be ex­empt from both Ve­hi­cle Ex­cise Duty and MoT as part of the his­toric ve­hi­cle clas­si­fi­ca­tion. Both dates should be a rolling ex­emp­tion.’

The Depart­ment for Trans­port is con­sid­er­ing ex­empt­ing His­toric Ve­hi­cles from road­wor­thi­ness tests when the Euro­pean Road­wor­thi­ness Di­rec­tive – which ef­fec­tively re­places the MoT – is brought into UK law in 2018.

The MP who heads up the clas­sic world’s voice in West­min­ster has called for road tax-ex­empt clas­sics to be ex­empted from MoT tests too.

Sir Greg Knight, who chairs the All Party Par­lia­men­tary His­toric Ve­hi­cles Group, says he’d like to see cars be­ing spared both road tax and an­nual road­wor­thi­ness tests when they reach 40 years old.

‘There are two dif­fer­ent date classes of his­toric ve­hi­cle. Those that are both taxand MoT-ex­empt man­u­fac­tured be­fore 1960 and those that have to un­dergo a mod­ern MoT but are nev­er­the­less ex­empt from Ve­hi­cle Ex­cise Duty and which were made 40 years ago, which is a rolling ex­emp­tion. I see no rea­son for this dis­tinc­tion and am urg­ing the gov­ern­ment to merge the two dates. I be­lieve that all ve­hi­cles man­u­fac­tured 40 years ago should be ex­empt from both Ve­hi­cle Ex­cise Duty and MoT as part of the his­toric ve­hi­cle clas­si­fi­ca­tion and that both dates should be a rolling ex­emp­tion.’

The gov­ern­ment has al­ready pro­posed ex­empt­ing tax-ex­empt ve­hi­cles from road­wor­thi­ness tests – as it’s done with pre-1960 clas­sics – when it im­ple­ments the EU’s Road­wor­thi­ness Di­rec­tive into UK law in two years’ time. The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs also sup­ports the idea, say­ing it would be bet­ter than older ve­hi­cles be­ing leg­is­lated off the roads be­cause they can’t meet what­ever test re­places the MoT. The Depart­ment for Trans­port has been due to launch a con­sul­ta­tion on the idea since last Christ­mas – and last month it re­fused to say whether the 23 June ref­er­en­dum on the UK’s EU mem­ber­ship was be­hind the de­lay.

Friendly in­spec­tions

The Clas­sic Aware cam­paign – pro­mot­ing the im­por­tance of hav­ing clas­sic ve­hi­cles checked and main­tained on a reg­u­lar ba­sis – says it is still work­ing to make sure clas­sics are given safety in­spec­tions if the MoT sys­tem is re­placed by a new road­wor­thi­ness test in 2018.

Ch­ester-based clas­sic spe­cial­ist John Woods says: ‘If the MoT is done away it

should be re­placed with some sort of manda­tory test for safety rea­sons, even if it isn’t the same for­mat as the cur­rent test is. Un­der the Clas­sic Friendly in­spec­tion scheme it’s good to see we are get­ting own­ers bring­ing their cars in year af­ter year to get them in­spected, but we can’t “fail” them in the same way you can with an MoT. It will only take one in­ci­dent of a clas­sic be­ing in­volved in an ac­ci­dent to open the flood­gates.’

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