In future, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles won’t need to have an MOT if they’re over 40 years old and have not been substantially changed in the previous 30 years. This will be welcome news for drivers of classic vehicles.
When the rules change on 20th May 2018, vehicles meeting the criteria won’t need an MOT certificate from the 40th anniversary of when they were first registered.
So, for example, a car first registered on 31st May 1978 won’t need an MOT from 31st May 2018.
Drivers won’t have to apply for an exemption. However, each time they tax their historic vehicle (even if they don’t pay a fee) they will have to declare that it meets the rules for not requiring an MOT.
Vehicles will still have to be kept in a roadworthy condition and drivers can be fined and given 3 penalty points for using a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
For this reason, drivers of classic cars would be well advised to keep their cars in a roadworthy condition and if in doubt have them checked by a knowledgeable mechanic.
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