MOT exemptions start at 40
Cars over 40 will no longer require MOT from May 2018
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 fbhvc.co.uk
Owners of 40-year-oldplus cars will be trusted to self-police their maintenance