MOT ex­emp­tions start at 40

Cars over 40 will no longer re­quire MOT from May 2018

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

Fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion be­tween the De­part­ment for Trans­port (DFT) and Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs (FBHVC), de­fin­i­tive guid­ance on the change to MOT re­quire­ments has been re­leased.

The key points are:

Most ve­hi­cles over 40 years old – those classed as Ve­hi­cles of His­toric In­ter­est (VHI) so cur­rently ex­empt from Road Tax – will be ex­empt from test­ing un­less they have been sub­stan­tially changed in the past 30 years.

Keep­ers of VHIS claim­ing test ex­emp­tion should de­clare so when re­new­ing their ve­hi­cle’s tax. Cars will still need to be tested un­til such dec­la­ra­tion has been made. Keep­ers of ve­hi­cles over 40 years old can still vol­un­tar­ily sub­mit ve­hi­cles for test­ing. That last point at least al­lows for the good-sense ap­proach we have rec­om­mended in Clas­sic Cars pre­vi­ously, sup­port­ing the idea that it’s good prac­tice to have your clas­sic checked over an­nu­ally by some­one in­de­pen­dent with a de­gree of ex­per­tise.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs has made it clear that it is happy with the re­sults of its in­put to the guide­lines re­gard­ing the changes, which are set to come into force from 20 May 2018. Full de­tails of the new rules and the Guid­ance on Sub­stan­tial Change of His­toric Ve­hi­cles can be found at

Own­ers of 40-year-old­plus cars will be trusted to self-po­lice their main­te­nance

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