Classic car enthusiasts split over the Department of Transport decision.

New rules which come into force in May 2018 mean that thousands of cars built before 1978 will be exempt from MOT testing.

Jesse Norman MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution

‘After considering the responses, we  
have decided to exempt most vehicles
over 40 years old from the requirement
for annual roadworthiness testing. This
means lighter vehicles (such as cars
and motorcycles) and those larger
vehicles such as buses which are not
used commercially. Heavy Goods
Vehicles and Public Service Vehicles
falling under operator licensing
regulations will remain within the scope
of roadworthiness testing. This will ensure a proportionate approach to testing for
older vehicles, which works for public safety and vehicle owners.
Vehicles that have been substantially changed, regardless of their age, will not be
exempt from annual roadworthiness testing. We do not propose to set out in
legislation a definition of “substantial change” but will be including this in guidance so
that it can remain more flexible and responsive. The exact wording for this guidance
will be discussed with stakeholders and relevant bodies and published subsequently.
We will bring forward amending legislation to put the decisions set out in this
document into effect.’

Classic car owners seek clarification.

Many owners of historic vehicles that have been altered over the years are concerned that their vehicles may be re classified under the new rules. Potentially a Bentley or other coach built car over 80 years old will have had a body change from the original.


Originally posted 2017-09-29 17:18:31.