New Laws for MOTs on Classic Cars.

As of the 20th of May the Department of Transport amended the laws on MOT testing for models 40 years old or above, now as an owner it is now voluntary to have the car checked if and when you see fit, the previous legal requirement stated only cars built before 1960 were exempt, which represented 197,000 cars registered on UK roads, this new ruling will see an additional 293,000 cars become exempt from MOTs

The rational behind the new ruling according to DfT is these cars are “usually maintained in good condition and used on few occasions”. It also placates concerns voiced by some that garages were not necessarily testing cars over this age to a fitting standard because modern MOT guidelines apply less to cars of this age. In addition this will bring cars exempt from MOT into line with those exempt from road tax. Concerns stating these cars pose a greater risk of failure than the modern ones have been dismissed by the Government stating; cars registered in the interim period between the old exemption and the upcoming exemption have a substantially lower rate of failure than the national average, further to that they stated:

“We consider the element of risk arising from taking vehicles over 40 years old out of the testing regime is small. The option for owners to submit their vehicles to a voluntary MOT test will remain and they will still, like all vehicle owners, need to ensure that they meet the legal requirement of keeping their vehicle in a roadworthy condition at all times.”

In making this decision the DfT consulted 2,217 respondents with more than half of them suggesting an annual or biannual roadworthiness test for 40-year-old vehicles, checking the cars’ identity, brakes, steering, tyres and lights. The DfT rejected the proposal stating “Those owners who feel an annual check is needed will be able to submit their vehicles for a voluntary MOT.”