DVLA: now it’s an MoT glitch

Agency sys­tems ex­empt post-1960 clas­sics from test

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - David Simis­ter

Some post-1960 clas­sics are be­ing in­ad­ver­tently classed as MoT-ex­empt on the DVLA’s com­puter sys­tems.

An­thony Jackson, who runs Mersey­side-based clas­sic spe­cial­ist Parkhill Garage, dis­cov­ered that his Hum­ber Hawk and Austin Mini Seven are both classed by the reg­is­tra­tion agency’s ve­hi­cle en­quiries web­site as be­ing ex­empt from MoT test­ing, de­spite both be­ing recorded as 1961 mod­els. Both have been off the road for a decade.

An­thony says: ‘Ac­cord­ing to the DVLA’s ve­hi­cle en­quiries web­site, both of th­ese cars are MoT ex­empt. It’s very un­likely they would have been man­u­fac­tured be­fore 1960 and then sat around for 18 months be­fore they’d been reg­is­tered.

‘In the­ory all I’d need to do to take ei­ther of them out on to the pub­lic road is to get them run­ning. It would make more sense for the DVLA to say that the cars are not MoT-ex­empt un­less you, as the owner, can prove oth­er­wise.’

Cars man­u­fac­tured be­fore 1 Jan­uary 1960 have been ex­empt from MoT test­ing since 2012. Later clas­sics are still re­quired to un­dergo an­nual tests, though the Depart­ment for Trans­port has con­sulted the pub­lic on how this might change (2016 News Re­view, page 6).

The DVLA says: ‘We’d like to thank CCW for bring­ing this er­ror to our at­ten­tion. We are work­ing to re­solve the is­sue to en­sure that the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion is dis­played.’

Only the very ear­li­est Mi­nis are ex­empt from MoT test­ing, but later cars are be­ing de­scribed as such by the DVLA.

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