THE TESTING PROPOSALS
The EU’s Roadworthiness Directive, which will abolish the current MoT and replace it with a new testing regime, must be implemented in the UK by May 2018. However, it’s up to the UK government how it happens.
The FBHVC and the All Party Historic Vehicle Group want to ensure ‘no safe and roadworthy historic vehicle’ is banned from being used as a result, and have 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 went live tomorrow it would affect around 645,000 historic vehicles. Under the FBHVC’s aim of recognising vehicles older than 30 years, that number would swell to around 970,000 vehicles.