Since November 2012, all vehicles manufactured before January 1, 1960 no longer require an MoT certificate – a move that LRO has always opposed on safety grounds.
In 2018 the MoT test will be replaced by a new EU Roadworthiness Directive. The new test is designed to be more compatible with the increasing level of electronics in modern vehicles. Older vehicles could be at risk of failing the new test, even if they are functioning as the manufacturer intended.
In response to this, the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is calling for an exemption from the test for historic vehicles once they become exempt from VED, and eventually moving to a 30-year rolling exemption, in order to prevent roadworthy classics from failing the test and being taken off the road. If this goes ahead, it could see a dramatic increase in the number of untested, but potentially unsafe, vehicles on UK roads.
‘It isn’t perfect and in an ideal world there would always be
a Government test that old vehicles could pass,’ says the FBHVC. The organisation’s full statement is on LRO forum, Facebook or Twitter pages.