FBHVC: ‘DfT DIDN’T TELL US ABOUT MoT PLANS’
Britain’s biggest classic organisation snubbed over consultation timing
he Department for T Transport has been criticised for not making classic owners aware of its latest proposals to revamp MoT testing for older cars.
It launched a consultation into whether cars more than 40 years old should be exempted altogether – which closes on 2 November – but the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs has said it had no notification of it being launched, and missed out on the chance to inform thousands of classic owners about it through its latest newsletter.
The Federation says: ‘Having advised us at meetings at the DfT that we would be further consulted prior to any publication, the DfT went ahead and published without even giving us prior warning of the date let alone carrying out the promise of further consultations with us. The timing of the release was particularly unfortunate as it came after the new newsletter had already gone to press.’
The consultation outlines five ways in which the UK can implement the EU Roadworthiness Directive, with the fifth option proposing all cars over the age of 30 are exempted from
‘ We missed out on the chance to inform thousands of classic car owners’ FEDERATION SPOKESMAN
testing. CCW strongly disagrees with the proposals, and argues that all classics should be tested annually.
Communications director Geoff Lancaster says the move surprised him. ‘ We were under the impression there would be more discussion on the issue before the consultation was launched, and that we would be made aware that it was being launched,’ he says. ‘ We’ve been taken out of the blue as much as everybody else.’
The Department for Transport was unable to respond to the Federation’s claims directly, but is encouraging classic owners to have their say in the consultation.
DfT spokesman Jack Griffith says: ‘ We have some of the safest roads in the world and cutting the number of accidents is our top priority. MoT testing is a key part of maintaining safer vehicles and keeping dangerous vehicles off the road.
‘Research shows that classic vehicles are involved in proportionately far fewer accidents than their modern equivalents and the number of collisions caused by mechanical defects is extremely low.’
Sir Greg Knight MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicle Group says: ‘I welcome the fact that the DfT is consulting on these proposals. The modern MoT test is increasingly unsuitable for classic cars. It makes sense to move towards one date for defining a historic vehicle for taxation and MoT purposes and the rolling 40-year exemption is one that I support.’
The Government’s proposals can be read in full online. David Simister ❚ tinyurl.com/CCWmotmadness