According to the Department for Transport’s website: ‘A new EU directive allows us to continue to permit exemptions from MOT testing [introduced for pre-1960 vehicles, in November 2012] but now [also] for vehicles over 30 years old providing they have not been substantially changed.’
‘We have to amend GB law to reflect the EU requirements if we wish to continue to exempt classic vehicles, but we have a lot of flexibility about how we do this.
The Directive in question is Directive 2014/45/EU which sets out minimum requirements for periodic road-worthiness testing of vehicles used on public roads.’
The DfT isn’t planning on making any changes to the MoT regulations for vehicles not seen as of ‘historic interest’. However, ‘we could choose to introduce biennial testing for such vehicles without having to consider “substantial change”. If we do exempt cars and vans, we can decide how old they should be before they’re exempted from testing and how to define ‘substantial change’.
In an attempt to decide which way to proceed, the DfT invited the public to answer a series of questions:
- Do you think classic cars and vans should be exempt from MOT testing? If not, how frequently should they be tested?
- If you think classic vehicles should be exempt from periodic testing, then who do you think should be able to recognise the historic nature of a classic vehicle? (eg car clubs, MOT centres, other suggestions?)
- How appropriate would self-certification onto a register be?
- Who do you think should bear the costs of any administration?
- No ‘substantial’ changes are allowed to the ‘technical characteristics of [the vehicle's] main components’. Do you have suggestions for what should be considered ‘substantial’ and what should be considered ‘main components’?
The team at Land Rover Owner International is very keen to find out what you think to these proposals. Please feel free to express yourselves through forum.
Please put the number of the question you’re answering at the beginning of your response.