Five years of change

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

May 2012

DfT an­nounces that all pre-1960 clas­sics will be ex­empted from an­nual MoT tests.

Jan­uary 2014

The EU-led Euro­pean Road­wor­thi­ness Direc­tive is in­tro­duced, propos­ing that the MoT is re­placed with a new road­wor­thi­ness test – and that clas­sics over 30 years old are ex­empted from it.

Oc­to­ber 2014

The Depart­ment for Trans­port asks clas­sic own­ers for their views on how to im­ple­ment the Euro­pean Road­wor­thi­ness Direc­tive into UK law – but is crit­i­cised for only car­ry­ing out the sur­vey on­line.

De­cem­ber 2015

CCW re­veals that the num­ber of pre-1960 cars be­ing en­tered into MoT tests has dropped by 80% since the 2012, de­spite it still be­ing pos­si­ble for them to un­dergo the safety in­spec­tions.

Septem­ber 2016

DfT runs a con­sul­ta­tion into how it should im­ple­ment the EU’s Road­wor­thi­ness Direc­tive. Its sug­ges­tions in­clude mak­ing all tax­ex­empt clas­sics ex­empt from an­nual test­ing too.

Novem­ber 2016

FBHVC rails against DfT pro­pos­als in­cluded in the con­sul­ta­tion to cre­ate a ‘Ve­hi­cle of His­toric In­ter­est’ cat­e­gory – with Ger­man-style us­age re­stric­tions for tax­ex­empt clas­sics.

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