A Government consultation has been launched to see if vehicles over 40 years old should become exempt from the annual MoT test. This would mean all Series I, SII and SIIA, and Series III, Range Rover Classic and 101FC models built before 1977 would no longer require the annual safety test.
Under current British and EU law, all vehicles manufactured before 1960 are exempt from the MoT. The Government is proposing extending this to cars aged 40 or over, referred to as vehicles of historic interest (VHI), on a rolling annual basis.
The Government’s preferred option is to ‘exempt 40-year-old ‘VHIs’ from annual testing and introduce a ‘VHI’ certification process to ensure a vehicle has not been substantially changed (could be based on self-certification or independent inspection or a combination).’ This means you could self-certify your Land Rover and head onto the roads. It also asks whether 40+ year old vehicles should have their annual mileage restricted...
LRO doesn’t support the current MoT exemptions and believes extending them further would be bad for road users and owners of classics. As these proposals are at the consultation stage, you have the opportunity to voice your concerns up until 11:45pm on 2 November 2016.
Not quite sure what to say? We have devised answers to the questions posed by the Government in their consultation so that you can either copy and paste them into the boxes provided on the Government’s online form, send in an email or post them in a good old fashioned letter.
Ways to voice your concerns:
- You can attach our letter in email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Head to http://tinyurl.com/hadzg2v and fill out the online form
- Post the letter to:
Department for Transport
Freight, Operator Licensing and Roadworthiness
Zone 3/28, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London
If nothing is done, then the Government’s preferred option will likely come into force. This would reclassify certain Land Rovers as classic cars. Aside from the obvious safety concerns, without an MoT certificate or paying VED it could be claimed that classic car owners have no right to a say in matters such as congestion charges and suitable fuel availability – or when and where they can be driven.
As a Land Rover owner, doing nothing is not an option. Filling out the form takes just a few minutes and it could prevent changes that might impact how you use your Land Rover in the foreseeable future.
Download the letter here – don’t forget to sign it at the bottom!